Pictures from 2017


December 8, 2017


Mrs. Billie Earnest, famous for her UDC and Confederate activities, gave a presentation to us about Christmas from the perspective
of the soldiers from 1861 to 1865.


November 14, 2017


Retired Park Ranger, Randy Watkins spoke to the Avenger Camp about General John Bankhead Magruder.


Commander Tony Griffin presented John Brendan Cleary's son, Hunter Brendan Cleary, a Last Roll certificate in honor of his father who recently passed away.


Past 1st Brigade Commander Tommy Thomas brought two friends to tonight's meeting:  Kimmie Harrison and Roni Swiderski.


October 3, 2017
Susan Carraway, President of the Suffolk Chapter of the UDC, spoke to the Avengers about Sarah Rice Pryor who was married to Confederate
Gen. Roger Pryor.  After the War, the couple moved to NYC where she wrote 2 books arguing that TWBTS not not fought over the preservation of slavery.
Past Commander Keith Morris presented a "Last Roll" plaque to honor and remember those Avengers who have passed on. May they never be forgotten.

Myrna Sharon and Sandy Cleary were present to view the plaque.

Commander Griffin received the plaque on behalf of the Camp.
During the business session of the meeting, Commander Griffin spoke about the Confederate monuments in Virginia and upcoming SCV events.


September 5, 2017

During the opening ceremonies of tonight's Camp meeting, Chaplain Tom Conley lit the Camp candle in remembrance of Compatriot John Brendan Cleary who
passed away last week.  Brendan will always be missed by the membership who held him in such high esteem. We will always keep him in our hearts.


Teresa Roane was our very special guest speaker this evening.  She began her presentation with prepared notes about WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO PRESERVE CONFEDERATE MEMORIALS AND MONUMENTS.
 But once she was asked a couple of questions, she went off script and really gave us her opinions and spoke of past personal experiences regarding this subject. She was interrupted quite a few times with cheers and applause.
Because this entire matter is currently overwhelming the local, state, and national news, our meeting was covered by a representative of the Smithfield Times who took copious notes.  


May 27,2017


Commander Tony Griffin presented $500 scholarships to William A. Keyt and Amber N. Edwards.  Both are recent honor graduates
from the Isle of Wight Academy.  These are the 6th annual awards from the Isle of Wight Avengers Camp #14, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

From left to right: Darlene Keyt, mother of William Keyt, Commander Griffin, Amber Edwards, and her parents Chris and Cynthia Edwards.

William Keyt has been accepted to University of Virginia where he will major in Biomedical Engineering with a future goal of becoming an
orthopedic surgeon.

Amber Edwards will major in both Interior Design and Business Management at Virginia Tech. Upon graduation, Miss Edwards wants to open her own interior design company.

Camp Commander Tony Griffin, Amber Edwards, William Keyt, and Keith Morris (Chairman) just after the presentation of the scholarships checks.

Commander Griffin thanked and congratulated David Adams of Smithfield for a wonderful slide presentation about the
Virginia Military Institute's cadets' service in the Battle of New Market and the related campaign.





May 27,2017
 Members of the Avengers Camp met at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Smithfield to attend the Confederate Memorial Service hosted by the Smithfield Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Notice the wreath on the left which was presented by the ladies to the UDC monument dedicated in 1916.
From left to right are Dan Lewandowski, Tom Conley, Cdr. Tony Griffin, Brett Griffin, Ed Whitley, Buddy Jones, Keith Morris, and Frank Hall.

The ladies of the U.D.C. who hosted today's Confederate Memorial Service: Karen Griggs, Pat Hall, Linda Conley, Joan Jones, and Marilyn Curtin..


Saturday, May 20:  Volunteers from the Avengers Camp worked at Central Hill Cemetery to install and paint new Iron Crosses which the Camp had
purchased.  Others were straightend and painted.  All Crosses were reinforced with concrete as needed.
From left to right:  Brett Griffin, Tom Conley, Tommy Thomas, Ed Whitley, Keith Morris, Tony Griffin, Danny Johnson, and Buddy Jones.


May 2 , 2017
Virginia Division Commander Tony Griffin presented Division Meritorious Awards to many members of the Camp.

Past 1st Lt. Commander Buddy Jones, III

Past 1st Lt. Brigade Commander Tommy Thomas, III

Color Sgt. Brett Griffin (received 2)

Past Commander Keith Morris, Jr.

Adjutant Eddie Whitley

The Commander also presented Comaptriot Dwight Doggett with a gift from the Camp for contributing so much to our buffet!

Not pictured is Past Chaplain Frank Sharon who was home sick.


April 4, 2017
Commander Tony Griffin decided that our meeting this evening would be devoted to business aspects of the Camp including news about dues, the forthcoming Virginia Division Convention, and many other upcoming events.  He allowed a lot of time for questions, discussions, and suggestions.


March 7, 2017

Chris Stevans, of the 3rd Virginia Infantry Regiment of Reenactors, spoke to the Avengers Camp this evening about the
"Perpectives of a Soldier's Life" during the WBTS.

Commander Tony Griffin awarded a National SCV Meritorious Certificate to former 1st Brigade Commander Tommy Thomas.


Febuary 7, 2017
1st Lt. Cdr. Dan Lewindowski of the Avengers Camp presented a wonderful program about the replica weapons he owns and uses for competition
with the North-South Skirmish Association.  One dates back to 1842.  All are representative of the Civil War era. Dan even casts his own bullets!

Commander Griffin inducted our newest Quartermaster: Hunter Groves.



January 3, 2017

Travis Toombs, of the A.P. Hill Camp #167 was our guest speaker for the evening. He presented a very interesting slide show about
the many flags of the Confederacy.