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Confederate Memorial Service


Confederate Memorial Service was held April 22, 2018 at the Campground Cemetery in Appling County.  Commander Bowers welcomed everyone.  After the pledges and the SCV Charge, Cmdr. Bowers introduced the speaker, Ga 6th Brigade Cmdr. Don Newman of Savannah.  He spoke about the monument in Forsyth Park sharing some of it's history and efforts to preserve it for future generations.  The service finished with the firing of a salute by the Appling Grays Color Guard, the playing of Taps by Cmdr. Bowers, benediction and the singing of Dixie by everyone.  Everyone enjoyed the refreshments provided by the ladies and the fellowship afterward. 


For April, Confederate Heritage Month, the Appling Grays placed about 400 flags on graves of Confederate Veterans in Appling, Jeff Davis and Bacon Counties. Some of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Order of the Confederate Rose also helped to place flags.    April 2018



Lee-Jackson Banquet 2018

  • 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.


Past Events:

  • 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, 2017  

    • 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.  Click here to see pictures

  • 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 again.  Click here to see pictures

  • 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 Baxley.  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.

     Commander Bowers

    Appling Grays Camp 918 SCV

  • Letter From the Commander of the Appling Grays Camp 918:

    "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

    • Event Pictures

    • Map to the gravesite

    • The Grave Marking was for:

      William Edward Lassiter

      He was born and raised in Alexander, Burke Co., GA. 

      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, GA.
      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 ago.
      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.

    • Event Program

    • Event Photos

    • 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 Program.

  • Grave Marking Ceremony for

    CSA Private Jesse Crummey Co K, 54th Georgia,

    ancestor of Mr. Ronnie Crummey of Baxley, GA

    • Was Held December 8th at OLD FIELD CEMETERY.  Map

Important Links:

SCV General HQ

Georgia Division SCV

Tattnall Invincibles

Finley's Brigade

 Ogeechee Rifles

Savannah Militia

William Bowers' Homepage

Events and Reenactment



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