The General Stand Watie Camp #915, Sons of Confederate Veterans is a 501 (3) C nonprofit, nonpolitical, historical organization dedicated to the preservation of Gordon County's rich Confederate Heritage, to honoring our Confederate ancestors and to dispel the myths and untruths about the Confederate States of America.
The Camp's Monthly Meeting is on the Second Thursday of the Month at 7:00 p.m.
Held at Oakleigh, The Home of the Gordon County Historical Society in downtown Calhoun, Ga
The Public is Welcome!
The Charge to the Georgia Division
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.
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee
United Confederate Veterans
"Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations."
Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia:
In 1874, the Georgia General Assembly approved legislation adding as a new public holiday "The 26th day of April in each year - commonly known as Memorial Day." April 26 marks the anniversary of the end of the Civil War for Georgia, for it was on this day in 1865 that Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's surrender to General William T. Sherman at Durham Station, North Carolina became official. Johnston had been in charge of Georgia's defense, so this day marked the end of the war for Georgia.
Exactly when Georgians began commemorating April 26 as Memorial Day is unclear, but the language of the 1874 act clearly recognizes that April 26 was already being celebrated as an unofficial holiday. The day of observance may trace to the women of Columbus, Georgia, who on April 12, 1866 organized a memorial association and began a campaign to have a special day for "paying honor to those who died defending the life, honor and happiness of the Southern women." Three days later, the Atlanta Ladies' Memorial Association was organized, and on April 26, 1866, the association held a Confederate memorial observance at Oakland Cemetery.
Confederate History and Heritage Month:
O.C.G.A. § 1-4-20
Copyright 2015 by The State of Georgia
All rights reserved.
*** Current Through the 2015 Regular Session ***
TITLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
CHAPTER 4. HOLIDAYS AND OBSERVANCES
O.C.G.A. § 1-4-20 (2015)