FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By DAVID C. DANIELS – Special to the Herald-Citizen
On April 27, at the recent Tennessee Division Reunion of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), held in Brentwood the local Dillard-Judd Camp 1828 Sons of Confederate Veterans was the recipient of the Sam Davis Award for outstanding Tennessee Camp of the Year. This is the second year in a row that this award has been bestowed on the Dillard-Judd Camp. Currently there are 61 active camps in the State of Tennessee.
In addition to being the top SCV Camp in the State of Tennessee, the camp also received the Tod Carter Award for outstanding newsletter in the Tennessee Division.
The Sam Davis Award is based on the camps past year’s activities, programs, membership growth and retention. All of the camp activities are strictly historical, educational, benevolent, fraternal, non-political and non-sectarian.
The Tod Carter award is based on predetermined criteria by the Tennessee Division and is judged by an independent panel of non-SCV journalists.
The SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the SCV continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non-political organization dedicated to insuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.
The SCV has ongoing programs at the local, state, and national levels, which offer members a wide range of activities. Preservation work, marking Confederate soldier's graves, historical re-enactments, scholarly publications, and regular meetings to discuss the military and political history of the War Between the States are only a few of the activities sponsored by local units, called camps.
In addition to the privilege of belonging to an organization devoted exclusively to commemorating and honoring Confederate soldiers, members are eligible for other benefits. The programs of the SCV range from assistance to undergraduate students through the General Stand Watie Scholarship to medical research grants given through the Brooks Fund. National historical symposiums, reprinting of rare books, and the erection of monuments are just a few of the other projects endorsed by the SCV.
The SCV works in conjunction with other historical groups to preserve Confederate history. However, it is not affiliated with any other group other than the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, composed of male descendants of the Southern Officers Corps. The SCV rejects any group whose actions tarnish or distort the image of the Confederate soldier or his reasons for fighting or similarly may impart dishonor upon any race, creed or religion.
Attending this year’s reunion from the Dillard-Judd Camp were David E. Curtis, Ed Butler, Ken Tyler, Walter Anderson, Jim Heard, Bill Heard, Jonathan Stewart and David Daniels.
The members of the Dillard-Judd Camp would like to thank the citizens, educators, government officials and businesses of the Upper Cumberland area that have partnered with us this past year so as to further the impartial history of the War Between the States.
· If you are interested in information or membership in the SCV, please contact the Dillard-Judd Camp, at (931) 372-8660 or by writing to P.O. Box 205, Cookeville, TN 38503-0205.
David Daniels holds the office of adjutant and is editor of the newsletter for Dillard-Judd Camp 1828 of the SCV in Cookeville.
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