News and Upcoming Events:
Saturday, January 20, 2018
The Appling Grays Camp # 918, Sons of Confederate
Veterans held their annual Lee-Jackson banquet in
Baxley. There was good attendance and excellent food
for the event. Harry Bennett of Jesup, Georgia was
the speaker. He gave a very interesting talk
centering around the battle of Doctortown which
occurred just downriver from 301 in Wayne County.
Officers for 2018/2019 were installed.
Outgoing commander Herman Williams turned over the
post to William Bowers.
The 24th annual Lee-Jackson Banquet was held at
Sarah's in the City January 24, 2017. We
had a good turnout and had a great presentation from
John Turrentine as Gen. R. E. Lee.
Confederate Memorial Day Service April 30,
Our Confederate Memorial Day
ceremony was held at Holmesville on
Sunday April 30, 2017. Our program
was a Military Service Award
Presentation by Pres. Deloris Bowers
of the Appling County Chapter UDC.
The UDC recognized the service of
Confederate Ancestors and their
descendants who have served their
country in Military Service.
The recipients are: William A
Bowers, Sr. WWII-received by his
son: William A. Bowers, Jr.; John
Gilbert Wingate, Viet Nam Conflict;
Herman R. Williams, Viet Nam
Conflict. Wreaths were also
presented by: SCV Appling Grays Camp
918; UDC Appling County Chapter 786;
Order of the Confederate
Rose-Crimson Rose Chapter 8.The
Appling Grays Color Guard fired a
salute, followed by the playing of
Taps. Thanks to all that were in
attendance and who participated.
The OCR ladies were out in force and
had excellent refreshments.
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Graveside service for Linda Hinson
Linda Hinson passed away October
16, 2017 at her residence. She was
the wife of Stephen Hinson; son,
Stephen Hinson, Jr. (Nina); two
daughters, Sarah Hinson and Laura
Hinson and two grandsons, Clayton
Todd and Gavin Hinson. Rev.
James C. Carter officiated at the
graveside service at Hoboken City
Cemetery. She was honored by the
following memorials; the
Nightinggale Memorial by Debbie
Winder, R.N.; the Order of the
Confederate Rose Memorial by
Marcelle Cail, Deloris Bowers, Donna
Moody and Nancy Willis; Family
Memorial. Roses were place by
each group and famiy and friends.
We participated in the Bryant Leggett grave marking
for his descendents on May 1st. I want to
thank George King and his cannon crew from the
Toombs Camp for their part in the program. The
family was very appreciative and it added greatly to
the program. Also I thank Carl Rowell, Herman
Williams and Bryson Moody for adding to the firing
squad. The ladies of the UDC were out in force
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Confederate Ancestor Honored (Nov. 25, 2010)
The descendents of Private Willis Miles of
Company F, 47th Georgia Infantry held a Grave
Marking and Dedication of Headstone Ceremony for
Private Willis Miles at the Miles Cemetery
located on Sam Miles Road off U. S. 1 North of
The Grave marking ceremony for Willis Miles went
well. There were 60 or 70 people there
from the family. Our camp, was well as the
local United Daughters of the Confederacy, were
well represented. The Miles family had a
great time and were very appreciative of our
camp’s work and sacrifice. This also gave
us a good opportunity to talk to several
prospective members. (Click
Here for Pictures.)
Confederate Memorial Day Service (April 25th, 2010)
We held our Confederate Memorial Day Service at
Veterans Park in Alma on Sunday April 25, 2010.
The Speaker was Gary Ursrey a native of Jeff
Davis County. Gary is the Lt
Commander-South of the Georgia Division of the
Sons of Confederate Veterans. At the conclusion
of the program everyone enjoyed refreshments
provided by the Appling County Chapter of the
United Daughters of the Confederacy.
On Saturday October 31st, 2009 we met with a squad
from the Montgomery Rifles and Commander Doyle
Waller at the cemetery which contains the grave of
First Sergeant Henry Mann, Jr. formerly of the
Appling Grays. We participated in a living history
followed a demonstration by a rifle squad led by
Commander Waller and a Coehorn Mortar team who both
put on a great demonstration. The ladies of
the Appling County Chapter of the United Daughters
were there dressed out and looking good. I owe
a special thanks to Adjutant Billy Bowers and his
bride Toni who were dressed as confederate soldiers
as well as Lamar Deen with his camp site set up
equipped with fire and Carlton Rowell in his brand
new duds who had a large family attendance. Also
Bryson Moody and his bride were there and were very
helpful during the activities. Special thanks
to Edsel Mayers for the use of his canopy to protect
us form the possibility of rain.
We will be in the Glennville newspaper and in the
Vidalia newspaper. We made contacts to a lot
of South Georgia folks and several out of state
people. We were well received by all and I
believe that the Heritage Tour was successful due to
the numbers of people who attended.
The family of Henry Mann expressed a desire for us
to have a grave marking ceremony in conjunction with
their family get together in the future.
Camp 918 SCV
Letter From the Commander of the Appling Grays Camp
"The grave marking ceremony for Pvt. William E.
Lassiter, Company E, 1st Georgia Infantry that was
held on the 28th of June at Campground Cemetery in
Bacon County was a huge success. Thanks to the
members of the Appling Grays that participated in
the event and the ladies of the Appling County
Chapter of the UDC for their efforts in putting on
the event. Also Thanks to Tommy Wallace and the
members and wives of the Tattnall Invincibles Camp
SCV for their able assistance and for their work
with the “Big Gun”. Also Thanks to the compatriots
from Cochran and Claxton along with the Manassas and
Reidsville Compatriots for making the long trip to
reinforce our effort. Without them the success that
we enjoyed would have been impossible."
William A. Bowers, Jr., Commander
Appling Grays Camp 918 SCV
Map to the gravesite
The Grave Marking was for:
William Edward Lassiter
He was born and raised in Alexander, Burke Co.,
He Enlisted Oct. 1861 in Savannah, GA. 1st
Regiment, Company E.
His last date was 18 May 1865 in Augusta, GA.
He owned the Rosemary Plantation in Waynesboro,
He moved to Appling County after 1881 and lived
with his Son, John William Lassiter and his wife
Delphia Meeks Lassiter.
He died 9 May 1897.
November 1st: We had a great turnout for the
Dedication Ceremony of the Appling County
Confederate Monument. (Location
of Monument). Many thanks to all those you
came and made the event such a success.
A message from: Bill Bowers (Commander,
Appling Grays Camp # 918 SCV)
The dedication ceremony for the Confederate
Monument at the Appling County Courthouse on
November 1, 2008 was a huge success. There was a
good crowd on hand. Thank you to the compatriots
from surrounding camps for their invaluable
assistance in the ceremony. There were members
from the Montgomery, Tattnall, Toombs, Bleckley
and Effingham camps (and possibly others that I
missed) that participated in the ceremony along
with George King and Tommy Wallace and their
cannons which were most impressive.
Tom Bruno, The sculpture of the Bronze
statue was in attendance all the way from New
Orleans, Louisiana. Tom also did the bronze bust
of Jefferson Davis that we placed at the
courthouse in Jeff Davis County several years
Al Perry, our brigade commander, gave an
inspiring oration and the members of the Appling
County United Daughters of the Confederacy
adorned the event and served refreshments.
Bill Bowers' Speech
Al Perry's Speech
Al Perry's Email to Thank Those Involved
Tom Bruno's Website
Our Confederate Memorial Day program was held April
19th, 2:00pm at the Appling County Courthouse in
Baxley, GA near the new
Confederate Monument (Location
of Monument). Click here for a copy of the
The Battle of Olustee Festival is February 15th
through 17th near Lake City, Florida. I
recently received an email from Earl J. Stanley, the
Commander of Camp 1463, with information about the
Letter from E J Stanley
Our Lee-Jackson Banquet was held at Sarah's
Restaurant on January 19th. Hu Daughtry did an
excellent job as the speaker for what was a great
turnout of members and people from the community
despite the cold and rainy weather.
Grave Marking Ceremony for
CSA Private Jesse Crummey Co K, 54th Georgia,
ancestor of Mr. Ronnie Crummey of Baxley, GA