Arizona Division History

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Formation and Early History
The Arizona Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans held provisional status until the chartering of Confederate Secret Service Camp 1710 on  April 6, 1995.  Camp 1710 joined the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525, the Confederates of La Paz Camp 1572, the Captain Robert Rodes Nelson Camp 1647, and the Captain Granville Henderson Oury Camp 1708 to make a full five camp division.  The first Division Convention and Reunion was held in Phoenix in June 1995.  Reunions have since been held in Tucson, Sierra Vista, Tombstone, and Payson, as well as returning to Phoenix.

In 1997, members of Camp 1710 who lived in Tucson rechartered Arizona's original SCV camp, Captain Hunter's Arizona Rangers Camp 1202.  Camp 1202 had been organized in the 1950s but became inactive in the 1970s.  In an effort led by Compatriots Bobby Morris and James Gooden, Camp 1202 became the Division's sixth Camp.

In 1998, Division Commander Robert Perkins led an effort to reorganize the Division.  It was decided that the Division would consist of two brigades, the boundary between them being the Gila River.  Camps north of the Gila (1525, 1647, 1708) would make up the Salt River Brigade and those to the south (1202, 1572, 1710) would make up the Gadsden Brigade.  Unfortunately, Camp 1572 became inactive that same year.  The following year, members of the Salt River Brigade voted to change their name to the Jefferson Davis Brigade.

A part of the Army of Trans-Mississippi, the Arizona Division has grown from a single Camp of some 20 members to ten Camps with 170 regular and associate members.

Arizona Division Commanders

2019-2020    Robert Johnson - Pvt. C.W. Lucas-Forrest's Escort Camp 2316 (Prescott)

2018-2018    William Long - Pvt. Nathan Terry Wanslee Camp 2096 (Safford)

2017-2017    Robert MasseyColonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525 (Phoenix)

2015-2016    Jordan Evans - Pvt. Nathan Terry Wanslee Camp 2096 (Safford)

2013-2014    Clyde England - Pvt. Nathan Terry Wanslee Camp 2096 (Safford)

2010-2012    Richard Montgomery - Captain Hunter's Arizona Rangers Camp 1202 (Tucson)

2009-2009    David BartonMajor Samuel H. Drachman Camp 2127 (Tucson)

2007-2008    John Mangum - Borderland Veterans Camp 2201 (Douglas)

2005-2006    George Rambach - Pvt. C.W. Lucas-Forrest's Escort Camp 2316 (Prescott)

2003-2004    Bobby Morris - Captain Hunter's Arizona Rangers Camp 1202 (Tucson)

2001-2002    Curt Tipton - Confederate Secret Service Camp 1710 (Sierra Vista)

1999-2000    Glenn Meek - Confederate Secret Service Camp 1710 (Sierra Vista)

1997-1998    Robert Perkins - Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525 (Phoenix) (deceased)

1995-1996    George Sheffler - Confederates of La Paz Camp 1572 (Bouse) (deceased)


Arizona Division Camps - Past and Present

Captain Hunter’s Arizona Rangers Camp 1202, Tucson

Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525, Phoenix

Confederates of La Paz Camp 1572, Bouse (inactive)

Pvt. Peter Hail Camp 1647, Statewide for members-at-large (formerly Captain Robert Rodes Nelson Camp 1647)

Captain Granville H. Oury Camp 1708, Mesa

Confederate Secret Service Camp 1710, Sierra Vista

Texas John Slaughter Camp 2074, Tombstone

Pvt. Nathan Terry Wanslee Camp 2096, Safford

Major Samuel H. Drachman Camp 2127, Tucson (inactive)

Yuma Territorial Outpost Camp 2186, Yuma

Borderland Veterans Camp 2201, Douglas

Arizona Territory CSA Camp 2233, Show Low (inactive)

Colonel Thomas Green Camp 2251, Apache Junction (inactive)

Pvt. C.W. Lucas—Forrest’s Escort Camp 2316, Prescott


Arizona Division Logo
The division logo consists of the state flag of Arizona combined with a Battle Flag, the Battle Flag making up the left part of the flag while the Arizona flag makes up the right.  The flag is divided on an angle along the Battle Flag's saltire, from upper left to lower right.  The logo was designed by Compatriot Curt Tipton and adopted in 1997.