Rivers Bridge Camp No. 842
Sons of Confederate Veterans
"It is our duty to keep the memory of our heroes green..."   Jefferson Davis
Rivers Bridge Camp No. 842 members photographed at the
2004 Rivers Bridge Memorial. A number of these
compatriots have crossed over the river in the
intervening fourteen years.
What would a Rivers Bridge Memorial be without Coleman's thirst quenching lemonade and a plate of mighty fine Bar- B -Que?
Let them not be forgotten.
Don't forget your Poppy.
This is their
heritage too. It is
your duty to
present the
history of the
South to future
2018 Annual Banquet - see below
The traditional rifle salute is rendered
2018 Annual Camp Banquet
I bring
flowers in
It's all about them.
We did not have a guest speaker per se for our 2018 Annual Banquet.
Instead we had the excellent musical group, "Picken Pearls."They dined
with us and performed music that covered the 1861-65 period right up
to the Eagles' "Seven Bridges Road."
Of course it would not be an Annual Banquet without our Southern
National Anthem, Dixie.  The pearls lead us in a rendition and then
before closing we sang our own rendition to the accompaniment of a
few "Rebel Yells."
These Ladies have played a number of times at the Statehouse for
Confederate Memorial Day observances so keep them in mind if you
would like to liven up your next event. If you are very fortunate, they
might be available. No doubt about it, you'll love their music.
First Lieutenant Commander Joseph "Buzz" Braxton II was chosen by
his fellow compatriots as our Compatriot of the Year.  He has been in
the forefront of the defense of our Edisto Crossing Flag in Orangeburg
and many other things that clearly made him most deserving of this
The names of our Compatriots who have "crossed over the river" since
our rechartering were read with due solemnity and fond memories of
them were recalled by all.
We are noted for feeding our guests well and this was no exception.  
Everyone was encouraged to get a "to go" plate or two. Any who left
hungry could only blame themselves.
We would have liked to see more of our friends and Compatriots, but
we thoroughly enjoyed the company we had.
Thanks for coming
Commander Boineau
There's a gracious plenty! Get you a take home plate.
The 142nd Rivers Bridge Confederate Memorial Day Observance - The Good Lord smiled upon us once again and blessed us with a beautiful day at
Rivers Bridge Confederate Memorial Grounds on May 11th.  Rain or shine, Confederate Memorial Days are always exceptional in their own special way.  Dr. Jim
Dreyfus' songs drifted on the gentle breezes and perfectly complimented that special atmosphere that is Confederate Memorial Day at Rivers Bridge. Following the
Invocation and a salute to the flags, everyone joined in singing that very special song, Dixie. Why this anthem so stirs the hearts of Southerners is mysterious and
difficult, if not impossible, to explain; we might have to let it go at, “It's a Southern thing; if I have to explain it you probably wouldn't understand.”  H. Jerry Morris,
President of the Rivers Bridge Confederate Memorial Association, welcomed everyone to the 142nd annual event and his remarks were followed by a musical interlude
during which an offering was accepted to help defray expenses. Retiring Ranger John White received a special recognition for his years of devoted service from Paul
McCormack, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Ranger White assures us that, though retired, we will still see him at Rivers Bridge Memorials. A special
performance of "The Battle of Antietam," by Dr. Jim Dreyfus preceeded the introduction of our guest speaker.  Mister Jim Ridge, Colonel of the Palmetto Battalion, and
Compatriot of John M. KInard Camp No. 35, Sons of Confederate Veterans delivered the message of the day regarding the importance of preserving heritage.
The solemn decoration of the graves by ladies of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Hampton American Legion and Auxiliary, and the Bamberg American
Legion Auxiliary was inspiring as it always is. An invaluable element of  this  portion of the program is our Honor Guard; this year it consisted of personnel from
Barnwell High School Army JROTC and 10th SC Volunteers of the Palmetto Battalion.  As the sound of the rifle and cannon salutes faded, there followed a brief hush
and then the notes of taps broke the silence and made a most fitting conclusion to the service. We continued to enjoy one another's company with a plate of delicious
B&D Bar B-Q along with more  refreshing homemade lemonade provided by Coleman and Gertrude Loadholt. As always, we would have been pleased to have had more
folks in attendance, but we had a good gathering and we all had a very enjoyable time fellowshipping with one another. If you were there, God bless you; you withstood
the forces of political correctness which have done their best to intimidate folks into avoiding or even denigrating their Southern (Confederate) Heritage.  Thank you for
standing up for your Confederate Ancestors; you have no need to be ashamed of them.  Let us be equally sure that there would be no reason for them to be ashamed of
Compatriots who have "crossed
over the river" since Camp No.
842's Re-chartering in 1995.

Edgar Boyles – Real Son
James Boyles – Real Son
Williams Boyles – Real Son
Murice Cave – Real Son
Owen W. Barker, Sr. – Real Son

Stanley Ward
G. Horace Cone
Francis Stanley
Clark Ryder
James J. Jowers
Robert E. Connelly, Sr.
Alfred Ken Formby
R. Loyd Sandifer
Stanley O. “Gus” Eubanks
Stephan A. Lewis
Jerome Wilson
Sammy Lee
Jack Horger
Burney Chappell
Sandy A. Jennings
G.D. "Jerry" Varn, Jr.
Mannie G. "Mickey" Smith III
David Keller
James Dunbar “Bars” Ray
H. Gregory Hiers
William P. Edenfield
Gene Stanley
Harold DuPree Crim
Robert F. “Bob” Loadholt, Sr.
George Harold “Rip” Kearse
J.V. “Joe” Braxton
Dr. Eugene Gehry, Jr.
Kenny Cone
Barry Sheetz
Derriel Champagne
Glenn Cope
Robert E. Connelly, Jr.
John Miles Loadholt
Jasper Brabham Varn, Jr.
Claude Ashton Manuel
Francis Marion Dwight III
John Mack Barnes
Douglas Mitchell Gore, Jr.
Deo Vindice
Artillery piece stirs interest.
Ranger John White
retiring after years of faithful service
to Rivers Bridge State Historical Site.
The compatriots of Rivers Bridge Camp
No. 842, SCV would like to congratulate  
Cadet Sergeant Major Mahogany Saxton
of the Allendale-Fairfax Battalion Army
JROTC as the recipient of the H.L. Hunley
JROTC Award. The award was bestowed
on behalf of Rivers Bridge Camp No. 842
and the South Carolina Division, SCV by
Chaplain Charles L. Carlson.  Cadet
Sergeant Major Saxton, we salute you.
The prestegious recognition was made
during the Allendale-Fairfax Awards
Banquet on Wednesday evening, May 9,
2018. The cadet is recognized based
upon input and recommendation of their
JROTC leadership.
Because of the naval theme of the award, the program was initially developed for Navy and Marine Corps JROTC Units in the state of South Carolina only. After many
inquiries from the Army and Air Force the Program was expanded to not just Army and Air Force Units in South Carolina, but throughout the country. The award should
go to a rising second year cadet who has demonstrated the qualities of Honor, Courage and in particular Commitment to his/her unit throughout the school year.
Once again Dr. Jim Dreyfus graced the Rivers Bridge
Confederate Memorial Day observance with his delightful
Cadet Sergeant Major Mahogany Saxton
Picken Pearls
Misty Harley
Deb Watkins
Anna Speare
Cindy Lampley