Pictures from 2023

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Our December meeting was cancelled due to a vast number of Compatriots being sick.


Compatriot "Danny" Johnson passed away on Dec. 26, 2023

Memorial Service will be:
Jan. 3, 2024
1:00 p.m.
Sturtevant Funeral Home - Bennetts Creek Chapel

November 7, 2023:  The Cloverhill Tavern
Mr. Sam Winkler of the Fincastle Rifles Camp, appeared this evening in the person of Wilson Hix who owned the Cloverhill Tavern in Appomattox Court House during the War Between the States.
Hix also served as the county sheriff.
Compatriot Winkler captivated our Camp as he related the experiences of Mr. Hix throughout the entire War.

Last month, 3 new men were accepted into the Avengers Camp as transfer members.
Tom Arnold
                                       Bob Kennedy                                                           (not pictured is Franklin McAllister)

At the November meeting, we also accepted Charlie Arnold (son of Tom Arnold) into the Camp as a transfer member.

Commander Ed Whitley displayed the SCV flag as our newest flag to display at all meetings.




October 17, 2023:  The sign at the Monument to Confederate Dead was erected today!

October 3, 2023:  Lee Rides Again
Cdr. Luke McDonald of the Gordonsville Gray Camp #2301 discussed a new Monument to be built and erected at Lee Jackson Park.
More information can be found at

Compatriots who were not present last month received awards from Cdr. Ed Whitley and VA Division Cdr. Tony Griffin.

Pete Marsh was awarded the Virginia Division Guardianship Award and the National Meritorious Award.

Earl Hall and Richard Jenkins received the Virginia Division Meritorious Award.

Tommy Davis was awarded the Virginai Division Distinguished Service Award.


September 5, 2023:  Sam Davis Christian Youth Camp
Our speaker was Tiffaney Nicole Lloyd, President of Mary Anna Jackson O.C.R., Chapter 15, in Lexington, VA and is a member of the Joseph C. Anderson U.D.C. Ms. Lloyd shared her experience as a Camp Counselor
at the Sam Davis Christian Youth Camp held in Thaxton, VA this year. The Avengers were so impressed with the educational purposes of the Sam Davis that we passed the hat and raised over
$200 as a donation. Tiffaney was able to fill in for Cdr. Tracy Clary of the Old Brunswick Camp #512 who is the head of the Youth Camp, but had to stay home tonight due to sciatica.

Virginia Division Commander Tony Griffin presented Division Meritorious Awards to the following Avengers:
David Cockes
Frank Hall
Brett Griffin
Tom Conley

Division Commander Tony Griffin then presented Virginia Distinguished Awards to the following Avengers:   
                                                                                                                                         Buddy Jones                                                                         Dwight Doggett

National Distinquished Service Medals with certificates were then presented to:
Buddy Jones
Tony Griffin
Ed Whitley

National Commendation Medals with cerificates were presented to the following Avengers:
                                               Dwight Doggett                                                                                                       Brett Griffin                                                                                                Keith Morris


August 5, 2023:  The Avengers went to Fredericksburg, VA for our August meeting.
In spite of being outnumbered (78,000 against 123,000 troops), General Lee battled Union General Ambrose Burnside December 11 - 15, 1862.
But yet, Gen. Lee prevailed with only 6,000 losses against 12,500 Union casualties. While the Yankee engineers tried to build a pontoon bridge across the Rappahannock,
southern snipers mowed them down, causing the northern advance to lose fast momentum.

The Avengers began its tour of the Sunken Road which was 7 miles long, with heights above and a rock wall in front.
Monument to The Angel of Marye's Heights
After visiting the Sunken Road, most of us needed a rest break! We then went to the Visitors Center to see a great movie about the Battle.

Lunch Break!

After lunch, we took a tour of Chatham Manor which served many purposes during the Battle including being a field hospital. This estate was so huge that no single picture could do it justice.

Just a part of the cemetery.

The Monument to the Confederate Dead.

We all thanked our guide, Mike D'Ostillo, for leading us on such an informative and extensive tour of Fredericksburg!



The Camp did not meet in July as members took annual vacations with their families.


June 19, 2023:  Visit to the Tom Smith Camp #1702

Commander Ed Whitley (with Pete Marsh and Keith Morris) attended the Tom Smith Camp meeting.
Ed presented Camp Commander Tim Houde with 2 Certificates of Appreciation on behalf of the Isle of Wight Avengers Camp.
One was to thank and give appreciation to the Memorial Honor Guard who did an outstanding job on May 21 at the Monument Memorial.
Those members of the Guard who were present tonight stood and received recognition for their fine efforts.

Commander Whitley also thanked Commander Houde for reciting the Charge from memory also at the Monument Memorial.


March 7, 2023:  Virginia Division Quartermaster Ben Barrett was our guest speaker tonight.  He is in the A. P. Hill Camp and is a volunteer historian and tour guide for Blanford Church and cemetery.
His topic was Petersburg During the Siege, and the history of Blandford Church.

February 7, 2023:  Good Yankees!
After opening our monthly meeting, Commander Ed Whitley had the distinct honor of introducting guest speaker Commander Frank Earnest of the Norfolk County Grays Camp.
Frank spoke to us about a few of the notable people who were born in the north but who served the Confederacy.


The capstones have been installed on our brick columns. Notice our flags flying proudly by the Isle of Wight Monument to the Confederate Dead.



January 3, 2023:  First meeting of the year

Fred Taylor, an esteemed attorney in Suffolk, and Past Commander of the Tom Smith Camp #1702 spoke to us about Civil War Christmas
in Isle of Wight. He read to us letters home from the troops. Cdr. Taylor also brought many books and artifacts to display.

Pete Marsh received the Virginia Division Brigade Commander's Award.

Tommy Davis was presented the Sons of Confederate Veterans Meritorious Service Medal by Virginia Division Commander Tony Griffin.

Bonnie and Tommy Davis were surprised when Camp Cdr. Ed Whitley called them up to receive an Appreciation Plaque for
their many years of service to the Avengers Camp.

Joan Jones received the book "9th Virginia Infantry Finding the Men in the 1860 Census"by Robert Snow on behalf of the
Smithfield Chapter of the U.D.C.

Past Cdr. Keith Morris spoke to the Camp about our need for recruiting efforts.