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11th Annual Confederate Memorial Service

Joyce M. Searson, Publisher

The Confederate Memorial service was held on the Bamberg County Courthouse grounds Saturday, May 8th with Rivers Bridge Camp # 842, Commander Peter Boineau, opening the ceremony and welcoming everyone to join in and remember ‘our Confederate Soldiers.’

The Reverend Eddie Williams, Jr., Pastor of Hutto Chapel Baptist Church, gave the invocation which was followed by Bamberg County Historian and member of the Historical Society, Nancy Foster, telling of one Confederate soldier in Bamberg County that made history.

“Joseph Josiah Brabham was a captain in the Confederate Service and was a signer of the Ordinance of Secession. Brabham , who married Susannah Elizabeth McMillan, daughter of Henry McMillan, was a successful farmer and merchant at Buford’s Bridge, which was destroyed by Sherman’s army. Brabham died on July 8, 1883 and was buried in the Mizpah Church Cemetery, where he was a church member” said Foster.

Betty Jane Miller, Chaplain of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, read one Confederate soldier’s letter to his children, which was written on his death bed, “My country called me. Be brave, a coward is contentment of mankind. Don’t disgrace my name by a cowardly act.”

Ed Moody, past commander of Camp #842 told of how his grandson, Marine Corps Corporal, Jesse Moody, who had just completed a tour of duty Japan, found a Confederate flag that had erected in Japan. Moody went on to say, “We are in this thing together. There will always be controversy concerning the Confederate Veterans. Moody then read the roll call of the Bamberg Confederate and Bamberg African- American Confederate Soldiers.

The featured speaker for the occasion was Denmark native and historian, Eddie Hightower of Branchville. Hightower elaborated on how many ‘Sons of the Confederate’ refer to the Confederate War as the Civil War.

“It was not the Civil War; it was the War of the Northern Aggression. 149 years ago, the War of Aggression was started and on April 12, 2011 we will celebrate its 150th anniversary. The war has inspired many songs and books. For a long time many southerners thought they were going to win the war,” said Hightower.

A wreath was placed at the Confederate Soldier’s monument at the courthouse and flags were placed on the soldiers’ graves at Restland Cemetery.

American Legion

On May 28 and 29 American Legion Auxiliary Post 39 volunteers will distribute the familiar hand-crafted poppies. The poppy is a flower or remembrance, a memorial for American soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in order that Americans could remain free. This day will coincide with Memorial Day on May 31.

Since the tradition began following WWII, the Poppy Program has offered direct assistance to our veterans and their families. The memorial poppy is never sold, but given in exchange for a contribution.

Job Corps Graduation

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

“This is your day, you have overcome many things that people told you, you couldn’t,” Bamberg Job Corps Center Director Mitra Vazeen told the center’s graduates Friday in her Center’s Director Address.

The 76 members of the 2010 BJCC graduating class, dressed in blue caps and gowns, listened attentively has 2nd Congressional District Congressman Joe Wilson, who it was noted was a “strong supporter” of the BJCC delivered the keynote address.

Wilson, the top Republican on the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, noted before his keynote address that he had spent “a lot of time in Bamberg” in the former Bamberg National Guard Armory. Wilson recognized former Adjutant General Jasper, who was in attendance at the graduation.

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