Sons of Confederate Veterans
Roswell Mills Camp #1547    

Roswell, Georgia
Georgia Division Distinguished Camp of the Year 2009, 2008, 2001
And Winner of Georgia Division Scrapbook of the Year for 2009

Roswell Mills Camp #1547

Camp Officers

Commander  Jessie Pinson
Lieutenant     Josh Hyde 
Adjutant:       Ted Fricke


1st Thursday each Month
Harp Irish Pub

Dinner 6:00 pm
Program 7:00 pm

Monument to the Lost Roswell Mill Workers, erected by Roswell Mills Camp #1547

Monument to Capt. Thomas King, Mayor of Roswell During War Between the States, erected by Roswell Mills Camp #1547

Charge to the Confederate Veterans

"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit the vindication of the Cause for which we fought; to your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles he loved and which made him glorious and which you also cherish.  Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations."

 Stephen Dill Lee, Lt. Gen., CSA
Presiding Officer, 16th Annual Reunion
United Confederate Veterans
New Orleans, Louisiana, 25-27 Apr 1906

Click image to view video All But Their Honor
Click image to view video "All But Their Honor"

The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South's decision to fight the Second American Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built.

Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes, so future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.

The SCV works in conjunction with other historical groups to preserve Confederate history. However, it is not affiliated with any organization other than the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, composed of male descendants of the Southern officer corps. The SCV rejects any group whose actions tarnish or distort the image of the Confederate soldier or his reasons for fighting.

Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces or government.

Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States

Why Commemorate a War?
Why should we continue to commemorate a bloody and unnecessary war that was fought 150 years ago?  Some argue that it was the most defining event in our Nation's history:
• Where there were more American casualties than all other wars from the Revolutionary to Vietnam combined;
• Where the effects of that war are still felt today by the way our government in Washington DC enforces control over it's citizens;
• Where the principles of the old South of less government, less taxes, more local control and more individual responsibility are the principles embraced by most Americans today.

These are important facts and reasons that we all should be aware of, but how does that involve the State of Georgia?  When Georgia legally seceded from the Union of States on January 19, 1861, in accordance with Amendment 10 of the United States Constitution, Georgia was not at war with the Northern States. Georgia, like the other seceding Southern States, was an independent Republic wanting nothing more than to be self governing and to be left alone in peace.

When Abraham Lincoln called upon 75,000 men to invade the Independent Southern States on April 15, 1861, this unconstitutional act prompted the states of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas to secede as well and join the new founded country, the Confederate States of America. Thus, upon the invasion of the South begins the bloodiest war in our American history.

When the South was invaded, Georgia and other Southern States called upon their sons to do their duty to defend their state, homes and family from invasion.These men went to do their duty, not as aggressors nor in the spirit of conquest, but to protect their homeland from an unjust invasion .

Why Commemorate the Confederate Soldier?
More than half of the Union and Confederate casualties were from the hardships and disease found in camp life. This was especially true for the Southern troops who nearly always lacked the basic necessities of food, clothing and medical supplies, unlike the Northern troops, who had plenty.

The sacrifices made by the Confederate Solider are inconceivable today. They would march for days with little or no rest, very little food, some with no shoes, in the heat of summer and the frigid cold of winter. Fatigue, hunger and sickness was commonplace for these Soldiers.

Despite the hardships endured by the Confederate Soldiers they pressed on to perform their duty. In nearly every conflict these Soldiers were typically out numbered and out gunned 3 to 1.

The "Rebel Yell" made these brave soldiers famous. It demonstrated a fighting spirit, courage, tenacity and gallantry allowing them to prevail in most of the major conflicts of the war. Sadly they fought an invader with unlimited reserves and resources, making victory impossible.

Even during the last year of the war when they knew that victory was impossible, the Confederate Soldier continued to fight courageously to protect their homes and families, to the very end.

They received no great bounty or pay for their service nor did they ask for any monuments or special attention.  They wished only to be remembered with the truth behind their heroic and noble struggle, in America's second War for Independence.

Why should we Commemorate?
So, why should we Commemorate these Veterans? Is it because nearly 258,000 Confederate Soldiers died protecting their homes, families and our Constitution?   Is it because they fought bravely and nobly against overwhelming forces and odds?  Is it because they suffered inconceivable hardships to the very end?  Or is it because they were called to do their duty as Americans..... as fathers and as sons, and they served without hesitation?  You make the choice.

Georgia's War Statistics
Over 125,000 Georgians served in the Confederate States of American Armed Forces.  That was approximately 26% of the State's population.
Over 30,000 Georgia Confederate Soldiers lost their lives during the War.

There were more Georgia Soldier casualties in the War Between the States than in all other wars combined.

Based on 1860 Census figures, of all white males aged 13 to 43 that died in the war, 6% were from the North and an extraordinary 18% from the South.

It is estimated that there were over 50,000 civilian casualties in the South and over 200,000 Southerners both black and white were left homeless, due to the Northern invasion.

An estimated $100 million dollars of intentional and unnecessary private property damage is attributed to the Northern invasion in Georgia.  That is equal to over $17 Billion in modern currency values.

More Confederate POW's died in Northern Prison Camps than Union POW's died in Southern Prison camps, even though the Union had the provisions to care for all the POW's in all of their Prison Camps.

According to the 1860 Census, the total population of the country was 31,183,582.  The percentage of families that owned slaves was 8%.  Clearly, slavery was not the driving factor of the war as some people would have you to believe.

500 to 600 women and children from the Roswell and New Manchester textile mills in Georgia were claimed as "war contraband" by US General Sherman.  They were sent to prison camps in the North and most were never heard from again.

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    Proclaim your Southern Heritage - Join the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

    Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces or government. Membership can be obtained through either lineal
    or collateral family lines and kinship to a veteran must be documented genealogically. The minimum age for full membership is 12, but there is no minimum for Cadet membership.

    To apply to join the Sons of Confederate Veterans, download the application and mail it to our camp:

    Click on the SCV logo  to download the application:

    Or call 1-866-728-4642

    Roswell Mills Camp #1547

    5284 Wyntercreek Dr.

    Dunwoody, 30338 GA


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