Cleaning Confederate Monument
Before and After Photos
On May 12, the camp began the cleaning of Confederate
gravestones in the Thomson Memorial Cemetery.
Twelve down and ninety-eight to go.
Thanks to all who helped.
Confederate Memorial Day 2023
History enthusiasts wearing period clothing help set the mood
for emphasizing the importance of historic preservation.
Confederate Memorial Day Commemoration
The Thomson Guards, Camp 91, Sons of Confederate Veterans held its annual Confederate Memorial Day Commemoration on Saturday, April 15, at the Thomson Memorial Cemetery. Historic preservation was the theme for the day, with regards to the cemetery itself, veterans’ recognition, the qualities of the Confederate soldier and important values that need to be upheld for all American citizens in today’s world.
As explained by David Moore, chairman of the Thomson Memorial Cemetery Committee, much progress has been made over the past year in refurbishing headstones, fences and landscaping and updating information on the cemetery’s website. The cemetery dates back to 1854 and is the resting place for 110 Confederate soldiers as well as other McDuffie County residents buried as recently as three years ago. Since no financial support comes from city or county resources, a fundraising effort remains in progress since more work is needed. Eventually it is hoped that the cemetery will become a beautiful respite for those visiting gravesites or touring McDuffie County historical sites. Donations may be mailed to the Thomson Memorial Cemetery Committee, 104 Cobb St., Thomson, GA 30824.
In addition to the much appreciated financial donations received from individuals in our community and several local foundations, the Thomson Guards has made this cemetery its community project. Members have provided hundreds of hours toward landscaping improvements and have marked most Confederate graves with the Cross of Honor. During the major holidays, all American veterans are honored by flying our military service flags along Tom Watson Way.
The Captain John Wilson Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, was pleased to present its Excellence in Historic Preservation Award to Philip J. Turner, poet and historian. Turner (below, left) has recorded interviews with over 200 World War II veterans, plus additional Vietnam veterans and well-known Augusta and Columbia County residents to preserve local history. He has helped protect documents dating back to 1905 in the Harlem Bank Project and served on the Columbia County Historic Commission and as chairman for the Harlem Museum. Also known as the “The Gray Poet,” he has written poetry about the Civil War, WWII and the Vietnam era.
The keynote address was “Respecting the Qualities of the Confederate Soldier,” presented by David Hollingsworth, PhD (above, right). The virtues based on Aristotelian and Christian origins, further embraced by our American Founding Fathers, were examined from the perspective of the Confederate soldier, their circumstances which included their dedication to home and family, morality, valor, merit, duty and dignity in defeat. While current day circumstances may vary, each individual’s reactions to adversity still require the same need for fortitude.
For article and photos about the Southern Cross of Honor, go to Our Heroes / Cross of Honor.
On April 1, 2023, Camp 91 had 13 members flag all Confederate soldiers’ graves in Thomson Memorial Cemetery with small Confederate battle flags. It began to rain so only five stayed for this photo at the Confederate monument at the Historic McDuffie County Courthouse on Main Street.
Cleaned Confederate Monument
On Saturday, November 26, Camp 91, Thomson Guards worked to clean our Confederate Monument at the old courthouse on Main Street. Team leader, Mike Lacefield, who has taken many courses on stone cleaning, provided the correct soap, brushes and proper procedures. Our goal was to remove the grit, dirt and soot. The results were fantastic. We will return in the late spring to remove the liken and mold.
Warrenton Sportsman's Festival 2022
Thanks to everyone who helped staff the recruitment booth at the Warrenton Sportsman’s Festival on November 12. We collected $90 for the GA Division Legal Defense Fund, we collected 20 names of potential new members and we put forth a great public image. It was a very good day. Each potential new member from each of the three festivals is being sent the monthly Dispatch. We hope they will join us at dinner and a meeting.
Veterans Day Flags
Camp 91, Thomson Guards, Sons of Confederate Veterans is honored to mark the graves of our United States military veterans in the Thomson Memorial Cemetery. Each veteran grave site is noticeable by a small U.S. Flag. The camp also provided the new large flags along the graveyard frontage on Tom Watson Way. They include the U.S., Georgia, and each of the armed forces service flags. The camp provided these flags as a tribute to all U. S. military veterans - past, present and future who serve or have served the country honorably.
We want every veteran to know how much we appreciate your service. We owe our freedoms to you! May God bless you all.
Camellia City Festival 2022
Compatriots Durham Milburn and David Butler helped staff the recruiting booth at the Thomson Camellia City Festival October 22. Camp 91 collected for the Legal Defense Fund, made a great public impression and collected 9 well qualified names as potential recruits.
Oliver Hardy Festival 2022
October 1, six members of Camp 91, Thomson Guards participated in the Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem, Georgia. The camp collected $214 for the Georgia Division legal defense fund. The camp also collected names, addresses and cell phone numbers of 16+ well qualified potential members. It was a very successful day.
Crosses of Honor
On July 16, 2022, Camp 91, Thomson Guards met at the Thomson Memorial Cemetery to install Crosses of Honor on five Confederate veterans' graves. After a short meeting to pray, pledge the flags and learn more about how the Cross of Honor tradition began, 9 camp members, 2 wives and special guest Commander J. J. Brittingham of the E. Porter Alexander Camp in Augusta installed the crosses.
Confederate Memorial Day 2022
Cedar Rock Farm, Thomson, Georgia:
the John Moore Lazenby Homeplace
Karen Holley and Mike & Dollie Lacefield dress in antebellum clothing.
David Moore discusses his ancestor
Captain John Thaddeus Stovall,
of the Thomson Guards, Company F,
10th Regiment of Georgia Volunteers,
Confederate States of America
Compatriots and guests enjoy beautiful weather and historic setting,
learn about SCV and honor our collective ancestors.
Relics from the John Moore Lazenby Homeplace are displayed.
WBTS memorabilia is offered for donations to help support the Georgia Division Legal Defense Fund to save our monuments. $248 was collected.
Captain John Thaddeus Stovall's Grave