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
Adjutant Ed Whitley at 870-8893

Confederate Monument ~ IOW Courthouse


This post card is by courtesy of Commander John A. Sharrett, III of the Stonewall Camp #380.
The post mark on the back is dated June 21, 1907.


~~~S C H O L A R S H I P S~~~

We have already raised $1,000 for the 2015 graduating seniors and are pleased to announce it in the Smithfield Times.
During our October 7, 2014 meeting, the Avengers voted to continue our scholarship program for the 2016 graduating seniors!

To read the letter mailed to the school Guidance Counselors in Isle of Wight County, CLICK HERE
This letter explains the procedure for applying for the Avengers Camp's scholarships.



No pictures were taken of our monthly meeting on March 3, 2015.  Our guest speaker was J. Michael Moore, co-author and
author of several books.  His presentation was very interesting and entertaining.


Billie Earnest was our special guest speaker on February 3, 2015.  She was accompanied by her husband Frank Earnest who is
a past 2-term Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia.  Billie's presentation was about Confederate Major James F. Crocker
who was from Isle of Wight County.

Camp Commander Tony Griffin presented Billie Earnest with a Certificate of Appreciation
for the many times she has made historical presentations to the Camp.

Compatriot Dan Lewandowski brought his wife to our February 3, 2015 meeting



Compatriot Bruce Rideout spoke to the Avengers Camp on January 6, 2015 about the Sam Davis Youth Camp.
Bruce is a member of the Urquhart-Gillette Camp #1471 in Courtland, VA.  Bruce was accompanied by his
grandson, Cameron, who has attended the Youth Camp.

Also on January 6, 2015 Cdr. Tony Griffin inducted Compatriot Brennan Kimball
(our youngest member) as the Camp's Quartermaster.

Cdr. Tony Griffin presented 1st Brigade Commander Tommy Thomas with a certificate from IHQ (International Headquarters)
in appreciation for his outstanding service to the SCV for as our Brigade Commander. 
(January 6, 2015)




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, April 7, 2015
at the Carrollton Ruritan Club House.

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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