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On May 7, 2016, Confederate Memorial Day in Columbia brought the largest crowd seen in recent years.  Several hundred were at Elmwood Cemetery for the UDC service sponsored by the Mary Boykin Chestnut Chapter of Columbia.  Chapter President Juanita Keisler presided, Division President Ann Shugart brought greetings as did SC Division CofC President Matthew Myers.  The speaker was Leland Summers, SC Division SCV Commander. Special music was presented by the gospel group Sonrise.  After the laying of the wreath at the unknown Confederate soldier’s grave, a military salute was given by the Palmetto Battalion complete with cannon firing and the playing of taps.  The parade of those who wished to participate took place between 11 AM and 12 noon with a march to the Statehouse.  Several hundred individuals and groups with flags waving were escorted by police cars to the Statehouse for the 12 noon service.

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Chicora Historic Home featuring the 1st national flag CSA in Belton, SC.

The twentieth anniversary celebration of Winnie Davis 442, United Daughters of the Confederacy, was held on the afternoon of Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Chicora historic home located in a rural area between Belton & Williamston.  This home was built in the 1840s by William Anderson, who served later as an officer in the Confederate military.  After his death during the War, his widow Lucretia Breazeale Anderson used her home as a girl’s school.  Chicora was surrounded by Federal troops who were part of Brown’s Raid on May 1, 1865. 

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The Monument in Memory of the Great Grandparents of South Carolina Governor and Confederate General Wade Hampton III, Massacred by Indians in 1776 is located on Wade Hampton Blvd. East of Greer

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On a warm July day in 1776, while Wade Hampton I and three younger brothers were tracking game far from their log home on the Tyger River, south of the Middle Indian Path (now Highway 11), a renegade band of Cherokees attacked and killed their parents, a newborn grandson and burned their home.

A stone memorial to Anthony Hampton, his wife and other family members is located on the southside of Wade Hampton Boulevard, in Spartanburg County, between Greer and Lyman. The Stonewall Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) erected the memorial in 1933. That UDC chapter is no longer active.

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The ladies of Winnie Davis 442 United Daughters of the Confederacy® were treated to a wonderful musical experience at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.  Noted composer Greg Lambert has taken letters written home by Confederate soldiers and composed music to accompany the words.  Mr. Lambert, a military veteran of the US Navy, plays the guitar as he sings these words of soldiers who express their longing for home, how they miss their loved ones, and fatigue because of the war.

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These monuments in the Confederate section of Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina were recently vandalized by anti-Confederate individuals. Burlap has been used to cover up the worst of the desecration.

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Members of Joseph Evan Davis 907, Children of the Confederacy, toured the Thornwell Home for Children and Presbyterian College following the Division Board Meeting in Clinton on Jan. 9, 2016.  At the Board Meeting, hosted by the Clinton Museum, the children were able to see the CofC Silver Collection, including one piece inscribed in honor of their Chapter Director, Pam Durham, so honored for her patriotic activities.  Allison Bolt, President of Joseph Evan Davis 907, is the Patriotic Activities Chair for the CofC General (National Organization), and was pleased to see the silver awarded honoring the Patriotic Services recipients.  The children were delighted to spend time with Museum Director Elaine Thorpe.

Joseph Evan Davis CofC Chapter 1st VP Matt Myers (who also serves as President of the SC Division CofC) had never been to Thornwell, and was honored to be at the place that served as the home for his great-grandfather for over 12 years.

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Heather Sheen, with Joyful Harps, plays the museum’s historic melodian during the “Christmas in Dixie” Program.

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