First Brigade ~ Virginia Division ~ Department of the Army of Northern Virginia

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The Avengers Camp is now offering its 6th annual scholarships.
For full details, please view SCHOLARSHIPS.



The Isle of Wight Avengers is a proud Camp in the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  

We meet on the 1st Tuesday of
each month at 6:30 at the Carrollton Ruritan Club.
See our Calendar below. 


"He who forgets his ancestors is unworthy
to be remembered by his descendants!"



Our purpose is to fulfill the
Charge to the Sons of 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."

Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General
United Confederate Veterans
New Orleans, Louisiana 1906

Confederate Monument ~ IOW Courthouse


September 6, 2016:  Our Camp's friend, Mrs. Billie Earnest, presented a program on Mary Suratt,
who was executed by the Yankees for her "involvement" with the Lincoln assassination.


Mrs. Billie Earnest spoke to the membership on June 7, 2016 about Elizabeth Van Lew who was a Richmond, Virginia abolitionist who built and operated an extensive spy ring for the Yankees during the Civil War. After the War, President Grant appointed her postmaster of Richmond, though
she was severely ostracized for the rest of her life.


2016 Scholarships

June 7, 2016:  Keith Morris, chairman of the Camp's Scholarshp Committee, was honored to introduce this year's scholarship recipients.          Commander Tony Griffin then presented each of the graduating seniors with a check for $500.

Both of the ladies will receive "Advanced Diplomas" for their honors and advanced placement courses, as well as having an excellent G.P.A.

Megan Freeman (left) attended Windsor High School, and is already attending summer school classes at T.C.C. She plans to transfer to
Old Dominion Univerity where she will pursue a degree in Business Administration.

Alexis Manson (right) is from Smithfield High School.  She has been accepted to the University of Georgia where she will have an intended major of AB International Affairs and then a law degree.

Heartfelt THANKS to all of you who supported our scholarship campaign and helped these two most deserving ladies!!!


1st Brigade Commander Tommy Thomas assisted Commander Tony Griffin with the induction of Raymond Groves on June 7, 2016.


On May 3, 2016, our special guest speaker was Past ANV Commander, Frank Earnest of the Norfolk County Grays Camp #1549.  Frank addressed
the Camp in the person of Gen. Laurence Simmons Baker of N.C., whose monument and head stone is in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk.

We had a lot of visitors at our May 3, 2016 meeting.
Compatriot Tommy Davis brought his nephew, Christopher Richards.

Richard Jenkins brought his son, Brandon, and his grandson, Hayden.

Adjutant Ed Whitley (L) posed with family members: cousin David Cockes, Compatriot Dwight Doggett,
cousin Paul Groves, and Paul's father, Raymond Groves.


Past Commander Keith Morris and our new 2nd Lt. Commander Lewandowski were given the floor on May 3, 2016 to present the bullet displays to members of the Camp who had donated $30.00 or more to the Scholarship Fund in the last 2 years. Past Commander Morris made the base for the bullets and 2nd Lt. Commander Lewandowski cast the five bullets that were used during the War.



This post card is by courtesy of Commander John A. Sharrett, III of the Stonewall Camp #380.
The post mark on the back is dated June 21, 1907.


Current Virginia Division Officers

New Virginia Division officers for the 2016 - 2018 term BRIGADE COMMANDERS
Commander - Tony Griffin 1st Brigade -
1st Lt. Cmdr. - Edwin Ray 2nd Brigade -
2nd Lt. Cmdr. - Johnny Neville 3rd Brigade -
Inspector - Bob Shirley, Jr. 4th Brigade -
Adjutant - Greg Mays 5th Brigade -
Treasurer - Bill Graham 6th Brigade -
Quartermaster - Ron Moore 7th Brigade -
Chaplain - Fred Chiesa  
Archivist - Russ Edwards  
Heritage Defense Coordinator - B. Frank Earnest
Past Division Commander - L. Tracy Clary
Past Division Commander - J. Michael Pullen

Avengers Camp Calendar of Future Events


Our monthly meetings are usually on the 1st Tuesday of each month, but meeting dates may change due to holidays, extreme weather conditions, or if the club house is being used as a polling place in November.  We also do not meet in July or August because so many of our members like to take summer vacations.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, 2016
at the Carrollton Ruritan club house.

All Avengers are encouraged to subscribe to VAcourier -- Virginia Division SCV Communication List at so that you can keep up with the latest news!

For a more complete listing of events in Isle of Wight County, see:


I salute the Flag of Virginia with reverence
and patriotic devotion to the "Mother of
States and Statesmen" which it represents -
the "Old Dominion" where Liberty and
Independence were born.

-- Written by Mrs. Cassye Gravely, UDC


I salute the Confederate flag with affection,
reverence and undying devotion to the
cause for which it stands.  Amen.




Anthony M. Griffin December 3, 2008 present
M. Keith Morris, Jr. September 27, 2006 December 2, 2008





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