Friday, August 30, 2013

Va Flaggers Update 8-26-2013 - Gen. John R. Chambliss Camp #1779


On Thursday, August 14th, I traveled to Emporia, VA to speak to the gentlemen of the Gen. John R.Chambliss, Jr. Camp #1779, SCV, and their guests.

I was warmly welcomed and enjoyed a great night of sharing information about heritage defense efforts in the Commonwealth.

On Saturday, August 24th, I headed back to Emporia to attend the annual Memorial Service for Gen. John R. Chambliss, Jr., held by the camp.

"Born in Hicksford (present-day Emporia) on 23 January 1833, Chambliss graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1853. During the War Between the States, he commanded the 41st Virginia Infantry Regiment in the Seven Days' campaign. He next led the 13th Virginia Cavalry and served under J. E. B. Stuart. Chambliss was killed in an engagement on the Charles City Road east of Richmond on 16 August 1864. His former West Point schoolmate, Union Brig. Gen. David M. Gregg, took charge of the body and sent it home.

When he died, his personal effects were collected. Among the most poignant of them was a book of biblical scriptures. Within this book was the written words of the slain general: "If I am killed, will some kind friend deliver this book to my dear wife? J.R.C., Jr., June 8, 1864"

Afterwards, I toured the Emporia Cemetery, where the camp keeps fresh flags on all of the Confederate graves, and flags flying on poles they erected, including a Louisiana flag to honor 6 Zouaves soldiers who rest there, believed to be one of the first burials in the cemetery.

Many thanks to the men of Camp #1779 for their hospitality, and for their dedication to honoring the memory of our Confederate dead.

That evening, I attended a cookout, where I was honored to be presented the Sons of Confederate Veterans Stephen D. Lee Award, by Va Div. 2nd Brigade Commander Everettte Ellis, awarded at the 2013 SCV National Reunion in Vicksburg.  Words cannot express my gratitude for being so recognized, and I am humbled and thankful to be the 2013 recipient.

I want to take this opportunity to dedicate the award to the memory of my four Great-Great Grandfathers who served the Confederacy, and in honor of the men, women, and children of the Virginia Flaggers, all of whom inspire me daily with their courage, conviction, and steadfast devotion to our Cause.

Susan Hathaway

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