First Brigade ~ Virginia Division ~ Department of the Army of Northern Virginia



The Isle of Wight Avengers is a proud Camp in the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  

We meet on the 1st Tuesday of
each month at 6:30 at the Carrollton Ruritan Club.  

"He who forgets his ancestors is unworthy
to be remembered by his descendants!"


Our purpose is to fulfill the
Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans:

"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit the vindication
of the Cause for which we fought; to your strength will be given the
defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship
of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those
principles he loved and which made him glorious and which you
also cherish. Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history
of the South is presented to future generations."

Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General
United Confederate Veterans
New Orleans, Louisiana 1906

For information about joining, please call
Commander Tony Griffin
357-9238 or
Adjutant John Respess at 484-0210.

Confederate Monument ~ IOW Courthouse



Compatriot Brian Forrest visited the Avengers on September 2, 2014. He talked to the Camp about his 16 years of
experience as a Confederate reenactor.  He spoke of the many happy moments he's had as well as some of the hard times!
Some of us remembered his last presentation in August, 2007.


Tommy Thomas, 1st Brigade Commander, and Commander Tony Griffin inducted our newest member, Brennan Kimball on September 2, 2014.


Michael Moore was our guest speaker on June 3, 2014.  Mr. Moore is the curator and registrar for Lee Hall Mansion
and Endview Plantation in Newport News.  He gave a very interesting presentation on the battle at Bermuda Hundred
near Richmond and Petersburg.


Our two scholarship winners attended our June 3, 2014 meeting. They were presented with
scholarship checks. Both young ladies have been accepted by Virginia Tech and will begin classes in September.

Below is Connor Marie Edwards, a graduate of the Isle of Wight Academy, with her parents Cynthia and Chris Edwards.
Connor descends from Willis Rubin Gwaltney who served in the 2nd Co. I, 3rd Virginia Infantry.


Elizabeth "Bodie" Fletcher is shown with her parents Laura and Mark Fletcher.
She will graduate from Smithfield High School on June 14.
Bodie's Confederate ancestors came from Mississippi, Georgie, and Spotsylvania, Virginia.



Memorial Day weekend, May 24, 2014:  The United Daughters of the Confederacy hosted a Memorial Day Service at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Smithfield.  
Many members of the Avengers Camp camp came out in support of the Daughter to honor those who have given their lives in our defense.



May 6, 2014:  Our very special guest spear was John V. Quarstein.  He is an award-winning historian, lecturer, and author.   He previously worked for thirty years as the director of the Virginia War Museum and as consultant to The Mariners' Museum's MONITOR Center.  John spoke to the Camp about the first battle between iron-clads.  


Current Virginia Division Officers

New Virginia Division officers for the 2014 - 2016 term BRIGADE COMMANDERS
Commander - L. Tracy Clary 1st Brigade - Tommy Thomas
1st Lt. Cmdr. - Tony Griffin 2nd Brigade - Les Updike
2nd Lt. Cmdr. - Everette Ellis 3rd Brigade - Mike Henderson
Inspector - Tim Hamilton 4th Brigade - Bill Graham
Adjutant - Ted Crockett 5th Brigade - Jeff Smith
Treasurer - Gerry Culver 6th Brigade - Lars C. Dorton
Quartermaster - Fred Chiesa 7th Brigade - Frank Harvey
Chaplain - Ronald T. Graves  
Archivist - J. Edwin Ray  
Heritage Defense Coordinator - Ken Parsons
Past Division Commander - J. Michael Pullen
Past Division Commander - Michael A. Rose


Avengers Camp Calendar of Future Events


Our monthly meetings are usually on the 1st Tuesday of each month, but meeting dates may change due to holidays, extreme weather conditions, or if the club house is being used as a polling place in November.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Carrollton Ruritan Club House.

The November meeting will be on November 4.  We will meet at Compatriot Frank Hall's home because
the Ruritan Club House will be a polling place for the mid-term elections.

All Avengers are encouraged to subscribe to VAcourier -- Virginia Division SCV Communication List at so that you can keep up with the latest news!

For a more complete listing of events in Isle of Wight County, see:


I salute the Flag of Virginia with reverence
and patriotic devotion to the "Mother of
States and Statesmen" which it represents -
the "Old Dominion" where Liberty and
Independence were born.

-- Written by Mrs. Cassye Gravely, UDC


I salute the Confederate flag with affection,
reverence and undying devotion to the
cause for which it stands.  Amen.



"The sole object of this war is to restore the Union.  Should I become convinced it has any other object, or that the Government designs its soldiers to execute
the wishes of the Abolitionists, I pledge you my honor as a man and a soldier I would resign my commission and carry my sword to the other side."
~General Ulysses S. Grant, USA, in a letter to the Chicago Times, 1862

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take it away from those who are willing to work and give it to those who would not."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"The real problem in America is not so much what people don't know but, rather, what they think they know that just ain't so."
~ Will Rogers

"If you bring these leaders to trial, it will condemn the North, for by the Constitution, seccession is not rebellion.
His [Jefferson Davis] capture was a mistake. His trial will be a greater one. We cannot convict him of treason."
~Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, 1867

"I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists.
I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
~ Abraham Lincoln quote from his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861

"A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know where it is today." /
"The education of a man is never completed until he dies."
~ Robert E. Lee

"I am a little uneasy about the abolishment of slavery in this District [of Columbia]..."
~Abraham Lincoln. March 24, 1862 in a letter to Horace Greeley, New York Tribune editor.

"Amend the Constitution to say it should never be altered to interfere with slavery."
~Abraham Lincoln, December 24, 1860, presenting his stand on slavery to the Senate

"Those Rebel bastards couldn't hit an elephant at this dis..."
~ Last words of Union General John Sedgewick

at Spotsylvania Court House  May, 1864



Anthony M. Griffin December 3, 2008 present
M. Keith Morris, Jr. September 27, 2006 December 2, 2008





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