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About us

Welcome to the Gainesville Volunteers, Camp #373 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Founded with a deep commitment to preserving and honoring our Southern heritage, we are a dedicated group of individuals united by shared values and a passion for our history.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to uphold the charge of the Sons of Confederate Veterans:

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"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans®, we will commit 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 which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals 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."

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Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander-General, United Confederate Veterans,

April 25, 1906, New Orleans, Louisiana

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We strive to serve our community, educate future generations, and foster a supportive and inclusive environment for all who share our appreciation for Southern heritage.

What We Do

  • Community Service: We actively engage in community service projects, including cemetery cleanups, supporting local initiatives, and participating in neighborhood improvement projects.

  • Educational Outreach: We are committed to educating ourselves and others about the true history of the South. We donate books to libraries and schools, host living history events, and visit schools for educational presentations to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for our heritage.

  • Fundraising and Donations: Through fundraising efforts, we donate money to support charitable causes that align with our mission, such as veterans' support programs, historical preservation projects, and community service initiatives.

  • Historical Preservation: We work diligently to identify and mark unmarked Confederate graves by placing proper headstones, ensuring that these veterans are recognized and remembered. Additionally, we host memorial services to honor our ancestors and pay tribute to their sacrifices and contributions.

  • Essay Contests: We encourage scholarship and critical thinking by hosting essay contests on topics related to Southern history and heritage, providing opportunities for individuals to engage with and contribute to the preservation of our shared history.

 

Fraternal Bonds

We build strong bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood within our camp, fostering a supportive and inclusive community where members can connect, share, and celebrate our shared heritage. Our camp provides a welcoming space for individuals to come together, build friendships, and collaborate on meaningful projects that honor and preserve our Southern heritage.

 

Get Involved

Whether you are a history enthusiast, a community-minded individual, or someone looking to connect with like-minded individuals, there are many ways to get involved with the Gainesville Volunteers. Join us in our mission to celebrate and preserve our Southern heritage.

  • Become a Member: Join our camp and become part of a supportive community dedicated to preserving and honoring our Southern heritage.

  • Attend Events: Participate in our educational programs, community service projects, and social events to connect with fellow members and learn more about our shared history.

  • Support Our Mission: If you share our passion for preserving Southern heritage, consider supporting our camp through donations or volunteer opportunities.

 

Contact Us

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our activities, upcoming events, and how you can join us in celebrating and preserving our rich Southern heritage. For inquiries or to get involved, please CONTACT US.

Namesake:

The Camp takes its name from Co. G, The Gainesville Volunteers of the 3rd Mississippi Infantry. Formed on August 1, 1861 at Shieldsboro, MS. under the command of Captain Deason (Later Col. Deason), the Regiment served as Coastal Defense for Mississippi until its capture on April 3, 1862. The 3rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment was reformed in May 1862 at Camp Moore in Tangipahoa, LA. It was sent to defend Vicksburg and fought at Champion Hill on May 16, 1863. The regiment served around Jackson, MS. until it was sent to Georgia in the Spring of 1864. It saw action at Resaca, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, and Peachtree Creek. It fought in the defense of Atlanta & served in the trenches until September 1864. In October 1864, the Regiment was sent back into Alabama participating in the Decatur Skirmish, seeing action in Tennessee at Spring Hill and heavy fighting at Franklin on November 30. In February 1865, they were sent to Kinston & Bentonville in North Carolina. As the tide turned against the South in April, the Regiment surrendered on April 26, 1865 at Durham Station, NC. 

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