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Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue Vandalized


September 13, 2013, by 

(Memphis) Vandals left their mark on a controversial statue in the heart of the city’s medical district.

The Nathan Bedford Forrest statue, located off Union Avenue, has been in the middle of a heated battle since the city removed a marker and renamed the park.

A city employee had his hands full cleaning up the statue of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Late Thursday night or early Friday, someone poured bright red paint on the side and sprawled graffiti on it.

“It’s just a shame they don’t have anything better to do or have more respect for historical items or city property or other people’s property,” said Lee Millar, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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Mound City Memorial Day 05/25/2013


Mound City National Cemetery
Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Dixon 'Wild Bunch', the Tilghman Camp and the 1st Illinois Battery D Light Artillery journied to Mound City, Illinois, on Saturday to celebrate the service and sacrifice of over 2000 Confederate soldiers buried there.

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Oakwood Confederate Cemetery Dedication, May 30, 1895

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Belleville Weekly Advocate 24 May, 1895; article on the 29th State Encampment, Department of Illinois Grand Army of the Republic.

"Whereas, considerable excitement prevails throught the country over the proposed dedication of a monument erected in the memory of Confederate dead in Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, on Memorial Day; therefore be it: Resolved, That while we recognize the possible technical right of ex-Confederates in their proposed action, this Department nevertheless condemns the taste that selected a day sacred to the memory of the men who died for the preservation of our Union and would deprecate the attendance of members of the Grand Army of the Republic, or any Post of the Grand Army, at the dedication of a monument commemorating the lost cause."

 By Jon Stacy Col. Frederich K. Hecker Camp #433 (SUVCW)

Colonel Robert A. Smith

Memorial to 26 year old Edinburgh born Colonel Robert A. Smith member of the Confederate States Army, 10th Mississippi Infantry Regiment who fought in the American Civil War and fell mortaly wounded at the Battle of Mumfordsville, Kentucky, September 14th 1862. 

He joined the Confederate Army at the outbreak of the American Civil War and was elected Colonel of the 10th Mississippi Regiment in 1861 after the first Colonel died unexpectedly.  The memorial depicted is located in Victorian Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland.  His remains are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Mississippi.  The memorial reads:

‘Colonel Robert A. Smith of the 10th Mississippi regiment Confederate State Army, a native of Edinburgh who fell mortally wounded at the Battle of Mumfordsville, Kentucky, September 14th 1862 whilst gallant leading in the charge of Fort Craig.  Age 26’

From: Memory of the Green on Tumblr

Wreaths cross America - Alton Confederate Cemetery


Over 1300 Confederates who died at the prison in Alton Illinois are buried here. There is a monument containing the names of all who died. There is only one individual headstone. 

As part of the national Wreaths Across America project, members of the Lt. George E. Dixon Camp#1962, Sons of Confederate Veterans, placed wreaths at the cemetery,  Saturday, December 15, 2012.



Wreaths Across America - Smallpox Island


Smallpox Island no longer exists. During the Civil War it was used to quarantine victims of smallpox from the Prison at Alton, Illinois. After the war it's grim purpose was forgotten.

In the early 1930's the Army Corp of Engineers began to dredge the island in preparation for the construction of the first lock and dam. 

Every shovel full of muck revealed skeletons. The island was eventually removed.

A monument to all those who died there was erected on a man made peninsula on the western bank of the Mississippi River.

As part of the national Wreaths Across American project, members of the George E. Dixon Camp #1962, Sons of Confederate Veterans, laid wreaths at the monument. Saturday, December 15, 2012.

54th Regiment Sculpture Defaced by Vandalism

54th Regiment Sculpture Defaced by Vandalism from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

 The Massachusetts 54th Regiment sculpture on Boston Common is defaced by a 38 year-old woman from Quincy who allegedly splashed the Civil War monument with yellow paint. She has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. Report for BNN News. Aired August 1, 2012.

Smithton, Illinois - Memorial Day 2012


The Village of Smithton, Illinois dedicated their Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 28, 2012. The ceremony was hosted by the Smithton American Legion Post with the assistance of  Scouts from the area as well as members of the 3rd Illinois Cavalry and the Lt. George E. Dixon Camp 1962, Sons of Confederate Veterans.


Confederate Soldiers are U. S. Veterans.

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Under current U.S. Federal Code, Confederate Veterans are equivalent to Union Veterans.

U.S. Code Title 38 – Veterans’ Benefits, Part II – General Benefits, Chapter 15 – Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death or for Service, Subchapter I – General, § 1501. Definitions: (3) The term “Civil War veteran” includes a person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, and the term “active military or naval service” includes active service in those forces.

 Photo taken May 26, 2012 at the Mound City National Cemetery, Mound City Illinois.