April 14, 2023 a half size replica of the CSS Hunley paid a visit to Dixie County. This was sponsored by the "Dixie Defenders" SCV Camp #1861. This educational display was present at the Dixie County Public Library. More than 60 people stopped , viewed and received a historical lesson on the first submarine ever built and used in America. This replica is owned and operated by Mr. Jack Cowart of the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #1861 meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Dixie County Public Library Conference Room at 6:00 P.M. Please join us for Historical Lessons every month. A special Thank You goes out to Ms Chaires from "Forever 54 Florist Shop" for allocating the additional room in front of her business for this display to be presented.
On April 22, 2023 S.C.V. Camp 1861 the "Dixie Defenders" Dixie County Florida along with the U.D.C. Suwannee River Chapter #2715 held a Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Stephensville Cemetery in Steinhatchee, Fl. This is the final resting place of James Howard Stephens who fought in Company "E" 9th Florida Infantry from 1863 to 1865. The Cannon is an original Mountain Howitzer owned by Compatriot Wayne Keneen from Camp #1861. (note: please feel free to use any or all photos sent) The posting of the Colors was conducted by Adian McDaris- Camp #1861 and Jakob Jenkins- Camp #770, both are the youngest members of both S.C.V. Camps
Compatriot Christoper Turner and Commander Ratteree spent September 25, 2022 working at the White Springs Flag Site. During our work day a couple of visitors stopped by Mr. Paul and Mrs. Grable Presley from DeFuniak Springs, Fl. They had spotted us working while driving by on Interstate 75. So they made it a point to stop by. During the visit Mr. Paul Presley, Sr. pointed out his ancestors name on one of the panels. He also advised that he was in attendance during the original Dedication Ceremony at the White Springs Flag Site. He has numerous photos and some videos of the event. He has promised that he will be emailing them to me for archiving them with the Florida Division. Mrs. Grable Presley told us that her Great Great Grandfather was killed in the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. I ask if she had seen the monument that had been recently erected by the Florida Division? She stated No, then told her husband "We need to go back to Franklin soon and see what the fine gentlemen of the Florida Division have placed there
Pictured is a photo of Lieutenant C-I-C Jason Boshers (left) and C-I-C Larry McCluney (right) receiving an original Copy of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" from Commander Daryl E. Ratterree (center) of the "Dixie Defenders S.C.V. Camp #1861. On the floor of the 127th National Reunion held in Cartersville, Georgia. The book was donated to the S.C.V. National Museum by Curtis W. Harris from Camp #1861 This original copy was printed in 1852. It will be permanently displayed at the S.C.V. Museum in Columbia, Tennessee. Thank You Compatriot Curtis Harris for such a wonderful donation to the museum.
July 2022 |
Pictured is a photo of Executive Director Adam Southern, Lieutenant C-I-C Jason Boshers and C-I-C Larry McCluney receiving an original copy of Edward A Pollard's book "The Southern History of the War." from S.C.V. Camp #1861 Commander Daryl E. Ratterree. This donation was made on the floor of the 127th S.C.V. Reunion held in Cartersville, Georgia. This is an original edition printed in 1863 in Richmond, Virginia. It was donated by Harvey Resnick of Camp #1861 for the National Museum at Elm Springs in Columbia, Tennessee. A big Thank You to Harvey Resnick for such a wonderful donation.
The Dixie Defenders SCV Camp #1861 in Cross City, Fl. has for the last several years partnered with the Dixie Education Foundation to sponsor Scholarships to Dixie County High School Graduates who are furthering their education. This Scholarship is named The Clarence and Wally Patterson Memorial Scholarship Fund. Unfortunately Dixie County High School does not have an R.O.T.C. Program, so Camp #1861 can not present Hunley Awards. Camp #1861 is proud to announce that on May 1st at Scholarship Night a total of $3,500.00 was awarded to 5 Dixie County H.S. Graduates.
25 February 2020 |
On Tuesday 25 February 2020, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #2086 "The Dixie Defenders" presented two Awards from the Sons of Confederate Veterans National Headquarters. The Awards are known as the J.Edgar Hoover Law and Order Awards. These Awards were presented to Sheriff Booby Schultz and the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Department. They were presented in Honor and Memory of Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey two of Gilchrist County's finest who were senselessly murdered almost two years ago. They will always be remembered and never forgotten.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans - J. Edgar Hoover Law and Order Award consist of a Certificate from S.C.V. National Headquarters. It is also accompanied by a Medal which has an upper metal banner, a red clothe ribbon with an Iron Cross of Honor attached to it. On the Iron Cross of Honor are two revolvers with the barrels crossed which signifies Law Enforcement. The upper metal band on both of these Awards were engraved with Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey's names as a permanent reminder of the sacrifice that was made by both of them. There are only two of these Awards given nationwide each year. The importance of the presentation of these Awards is noted in the fact that Sons of Confederate Veterans- National Commander-In-Chief Mr. Paul Gramling drove down from Shreveport, Louisiana for this presentation. It was also attended by Florida Division Commander Mr. Kelly Crocker from Tallahassee, Florida.
Pictured (L to R): Lieutenant Todd Holley, Sergeant Dean Watson and Sheriff Bobby Schultz from Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office receiving the Awards from Commander-In-Chief Paul Gramling and Camp #2086 Commander Daryl Ratterree.
Mr. James E. Tucker, SCV Camp 2086 Adjutant, receiving a Distinguished Service Award and medal from the SCV National Headquarters.
August 2019 |
Mrs. Dottie Ratterree receiving the Ladies Appreciation and Award from the Army of Tennessee, National Headquarters.
June 2019 |
Lieutenant J. Ferrell Mikell was awarded the "Ulmer Award" at the Division Banquet and Awards Ceremony, during the Florida Division Reunion in June. This is the absolute highest award within the Florida Division. We are all so proud of him..
May 2019 |
The winners of the Original 3 Band Enfield Rifle from the chance drawing held by S.C.V. Camp #2086 to support their Scholarship Fund. The weapon was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Scarfo from S.C.V. Camp #741, during the Confederate Day Memorial Service held at Pine Level Cemetery in Oxford, FL.
Left to Right: Mr. Frank Scarfo; Mr. Jason Boshers, Army of Tennessee Commander, National Headquarters; Mrs. Frank Scarfo, United Daughters of the Confederacy Member; Daryl E. Ratterree, S.C.V. Camp #2086 Commander.
Dixie County High School Scholarship Night
May 2019 |
28 September 2018
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Matt Scott from Bronson, Florida was selected as the winner of The King Size Rocking Chair during the January 2019 Camo #2086 meeting. He can be seen above happily testing the chair out for the first time with Camp Commander Daryl Ratterree and Legionnaire Harvey Resnick who built and donated the Rocking Chair to support the Camp's Scholarship Program, The Clarence and Wally Patterson Memorial Scholarship.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Florida Division, held their 48th Annual Reunion in Ocala, Florida from 1-3 June 2018. During the evening banquet on 2 June 2018, the Division Commanders Awards were presented. The second highest award, the Governor John Milton Award, was presented to Daryl E. Ratterree, Lieutenant Commander, Central Region and Camp Commander, Dixie Defenders Camp #2086. He is the 35th deserving recipient of this annual award. The inscription on the award reads, "Presented to Daryl E. Ratterree on June 02, 2018 For Loyalty And Dedication Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty."
The members of Dixie Defenders Camp #2086 are extremely proud of our Camp Commander, Daryl Ratterree, and congratulate him for receiving this very prestigious award.
Dr. Warren Feldman donated two items, including a framed print titled "The Home Coming" and a reproduction "Match Lock" type musket (.69 caliber fish tail stock), to help the SCV Camp 2086 raise funds for its Camp Scholarship.
The print titled "The Home Coming" has already been auctioned off. Tickets for the musket will go on sale for $10.00 per ticket and the sale will be announced soon.
The crew from O.T. Davis Monument Company set the World War One Memorial at the Veterans Memorial Park in Trenton, FL. It is noted that the World War One Monument was the only one missing in Veterans Circle Park for many years. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 2086 received the story from Rodger Nogaki over a year ago and provided $500.00 in seed money to get the ball rolling to honor these men. The monument was completely paid for, installed, and was dedicated on Memorial Day, 27 May 2019.
The first five photo shows the O.T. Davis Monument Company employee's cleaning and polishing the new World War One Memorial. The second photo is of the O.T. Davis employees from left to right: Nick Vlacos, Steve Hendrix, (kneeling), Ryan Daube (Owner of O.T. Davis Monument Company), and Valdez Lee (kneeling).