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Griffin to be guest speaker for Joseph B. Kershaw Camp

Posted: February 14, 2012 3:52 p.m.
Updated: February 15, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Chuck Horton, Commander of the Joseph B. Kershaw Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, in Camden, announced that their guest speaker for the Feb. 16 meeting, Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Camden Seafood Hut, will be Civil War Historian Dr. John Griffin, who has spoken to their Camp on several previous occasions.
The subject of Dr. Griffin’s presentation will be his new book, “The War For Southern Independence.”

Dr. Griffin says, “Without exaggeration, I believe this to be the most comprehensive book ever complied on the Confederacy.”  It is 340 pages long with almost 500 photographs, 90 percent of them Confederate photographs -- generals, officers and privates.  It even has a very attractive cover.  It is a large book and sells for on $35.  It is easy to find books on the Union Army, but there are almost none on the Confederacy.  That is because no photographers traveled with the Confederate Army.  This book is going to be something you can pass on to your children one day and will be available to purchase and have Dr. Griffin autograph at our SCV Meeting.

Included in the book are prints of the Citadel Cadets turning back The Star of the West in January, 1861.  Dr. Griffin is very grateful to the Citadel in making those prints available and a list of the brave young men who fired the cannons that morning.
Also there are prints of our famous submarine, The H. L. Hunley, and its heroic Commander, George Dixon.  There is also a list of the soldiers who served with Dixon and gave their lives to sink the Union ship, The Housitanic. That truly is an historic moment, and they were truly brave men who gave their lives for the Confederacy.

And there are stories told by our ancestors of Sherman’s march through Georgia and the Carolinas.  That was a terrible time, back when murder, rape and pillage was the order of the day.

Towards the end of the book, Dr. Griffin has printed the heartbreaking letter that General Robert E. Lee sent to Jefferson Davis explaining in detail why he was forced to surrender his magnificent Army of Northern Virginia to General Grant. 
Commander Horton adds: “If you’re at all interested in the Civil War, this would be a good presentation for you to hear.  We hope to see you on Thursday evening, February 16th, 6:30pm, at the Camden Seafood Hut.

For more information please call Commander Chuck Horton at 260-3343 or Joseph A. Matheson at 432-2222.

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