Arizona Division News

Passing of Last Pensioner of the Civil War

posted Jun 3, 2020, 11:02 AM by Arizona SCV   [ updated Jun 3, 2020, 11:07 AM ]

On May 31, 2020, Irene Triplett, the last federally pensioned dependent of a Civil War veteran passed away.  She received $73/month from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Her father, Mose Triplett, served in both the Confederate and Union armies.  He first served in the Confederate Army and was active through the Battle of Gettysburg.  He last served with the 3rd North Carolina Mounted Infantry (Union).  Irene Triplett was 90 years of age and died in Wilksboro, North Carolina.

Memorial Day 2020

posted May 24, 2020, 2:16 PM by Arizona SCV

The Arizona Division commemorates Memorial Day (formerly Decoration Day) this Monday, May 25th.  Originally observed on May 30th, Memorial Day and its traditions have evolved over the years with various elements incorporated after each successive conflict during our history.  Both in the North and South the American tradition began even before the end of the 1861-1865 war.  Family and communities would decorate the graves of fallen soldiers to express their appreciation, sorrow, and pride in their service and sacrifice.  Later, the wearing or display of poppies, for example, began after WWI.  In 1968, the holiday was formally established by Congress as the last Monday in May, and later adopted nationwide in 1971.  In the United States, Memorial Day traditions began in various ways and in various parts of the country primarily during and after the Civil War/War Between the States.  The day is now meant to honor fallen American service men and women, who died in the service of their country, in all American wars.

Confederate History Month

posted Apr 10, 2020, 6:56 PM by Arizona SCV

APRIL 2020 - April is Confederate History and Heritage Month and, although celebrated primarily among Southern states, represents a significant part of American history and is appropriate for recognition anywhere in the nation, especially in regard to veterans.  With an estimated three quarters of a million war dead, we take time every year to commemorate the bravery, valor, and sacrifice of Confederate veterans, and all veterans, who perished during America's bloodiest conflict and greatest tragedy.  Take time this month to remember the people, history, and traditions that constitute an important part of our national heritage and memory, inherited by us through our ancestors; a legacy entrusted to the current generation.

Arizona Division Statement Regarding 2020 Tucson Rodeo Parade

posted Mar 5, 2020, 8:19 AM by Arizona SCV   [ updated Mar 5, 2020, 8:19 AM ]

Confederate Veterans are Part of Arizona's History

There were many political, economic, and social causes that led to 13 Southern states leaving the Union and creating their own government almost 160 years ago. I am not here to argue these points as the discussion is clearly two-sided, I would however recommend that its worth researching several items to start, such as the Morrill Tariff Act, the Corwin Amendment, and the 1860 Census figures, to provide a more clear picture of contributing factors other than just "oppression and white supremacy."

The American Civil War (or War Between the States – we use both terms to be "inclusive" of both perspectives) was a national tragedy for the nation – resulting in the largest loss of life for any American war with nearly 700,000 men and boys dead, and hundreds of thousands more wounded. Of the 1.2 million men and boys in the Confederate Army, 289,000 died and another 194,000 were wounded.

Aside from hard lessons, the war gave us a renewed sense of national unity and a shared pride in the bravery and courage of American soldiers of both sides; a testament to American valor. Valor that saw four former Confederate generals don blue uniforms in the Spanish-American War. Valor that carried forth in the blood of descendants who served in later wars. And valor embodied in who we are; Americans who recognize a sacrifice so great it is sacred memory to all. That is what the Sons of Confederate Veterans stands for and it proudly counts among its members descendants of many races, origins, and religions (yes, we have Black and Latino members).

The Arizona Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is a non-political, historical, and patriotic organization dedicated to remembering the bravery, defending the honor, and protecting the memory of Confederate veterans. Unfortunately, over the last 60 years and even today, representations of the Confederate battle flag have been hijacked and used by several racist hate groups, and its link to white supremacy cemented by a domestic terrorist in South Carolina – reaction to this symbol is understandable. We fully support the right of free speech for all, as provided in our Constitution, and do not condone, support, and in fact condemn racist and supremacist thinking.

Many of the Confederate veterans who survived the war decided to head West and make a new start in the Arizona Territory, contributing to its growth and eventual statehood. Several examples of prominent contributors are listed below:

"Captain" John Hance – the first Grand Canyon pioneer, who developed the first tourist trail and guided many guests through the canyon, including President Teddy Roosevelt.

Captain Granville Oury – Arizona Territory Representative to both the Confederate and later the United States Congress.

Jack Swilling – one of the original founders of Phoenix.

Hiram Alfred Owens – co founder of the McCracken mine and prominent cattleman.

James Henry Wright – appointed Arizona chief justice and good friends with Buckey O'Neill.

J. J. Thompson – who immigrated from Ireland to Texas, and eventually settled the Oak Creek Canyon, which is now Sedona.

Like other veteran's organizations, which promote veteran causes and awareness, the SCV likewise honors the service and sacrifice of every American war veteran, which includes Confederate veterans, as they are designated under U.S. law and treated as such by the Veterans Administration.

For the reasons stated above it is clear that Confederate veterans, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, deserve to be part of both the celebration of Arizona's history and the Tucson Rodeo Parade. Let us hope the Rodeo Parade Committee maintains its policy against politically based entries.

Robert J. Johnson
Arizona Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans

National Museum Grand Opening

posted Jan 24, 2020, 9:43 PM by Arizona SCV

GHQ has officially announced the grand opening of the SCV museum at Elm Springs to be on 23 May 2020.  Important information regarding this all important event can be found on the SCV main website, Facebook page, and in the latest edition of "Commander's Comments" on the Make Dixie Great Again website.

2020 Holidays of Interest to Members

posted Jan 13, 2020, 3:52 PM by Arizona SCV

17-Jan Lee-Jackson Day Virginia State Holiday
19-Jan Robert E. Lee's Birthday Florida State Holiday
19-Jan Confederate Heroes' Day Texas State Holiday
20-Jan Robert E. Lee's Birthday Alabama State Holiday
Robert E. Lee's Birthday Mississippi State Holiday
26-Apr Confederate Heroes' Day Florida Observance
27-Apr Confederate Memorial Day Alabama State Holiday
Confederate Memorial Day Mississippi State Holiday
Confederate Heroes' Day (Observed) Florida Observance
Confederate Memorial Day (Called "State Holiday") Georgia State Holiday
10-May Confederate Memorial Day North Carolina Observance

Confederate Memorial Day South Carolina State Holiday
11-May Confederate Memorial Day (Observed) South Carolina State Holiday
25-May Memorial Day National Federal Holiday
25-May Jefferson Davis' Birthday Mississippi Observance
1-Jun Jefferson Davis' Birthday Alabama State Holiday
3-Jun Jefferson Davis' Birthday Florida Observance
3-Jul Independence Day (Observed) National Federal Holiday
4-Jul Independence Day National Federal Holiday
13-Jul Nathan Bedford Forrest Day Tennessee Observance
27-Nov Robert E. Lee's Birthday (Called "State Holiday") Georgia State Holiday

Arizona Division Welcomes in the New Year

posted Jan 2, 2020, 9:59 AM by Arizona SCV

Happy New Year 2020!  Important upcoming events include the Lee-Jackson Day celebration on January 18th, hosted by Camp 1525, the Tucson Rodeo Parade on February 20th, hosted by Camp 1202, the Dragoon Springs Memorial on May 2nd, hosted by Camp 1710, and the Division Reunion on May 9th, hosted by Camp 2316.  This year's reunion will include division officer elections.  Don't miss any of these events! 

The Arizona Division Wishes You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas

posted Dec 15, 2019, 10:26 AM by Arizona SCV

   Merry Christmas!

    The Arizona Division
    Sons of Confederate Veterans

Camp 1708, Arizona Div. Mourn Loss of Member

posted Nov 20, 2019, 3:31 PM by Arizona SCV   [ updated Nov 20, 2019, 3:32 PM ]

James H. Skaggs (1933 - 2019) Camp 1708 and Arizona Division compatriot Jim Skaggs passed away November 15, 2019.  The Sons of the American Revolution published the following obituary:

"It is with great sadness that I share the obituary of immediate past AZ SAR President James Skaggs. He was a dedicated compatriot and a good friend to all. My condolences go out to his wife Donna and his family."

Mesa - James H. Skaggs, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Mesa, Arizona on November 15th with his family at his side.  Jim was born in Dallas Texas on July 3, 1933 and eventually moved to Frankfurt, Germany where he graduated from Frankfurt High School. He then returned to the United States and graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in International Business. He married Donna Mae Hagens in 1956 and then joined the US Army the following year. Jim then spent six years with IBM as an Administrative Manager followed by 11 years at Harrah's and 7 years with Del Webb Corporation in various Human Resource Management positions. Jim served as National President for the Society for Human Resource Management and most recently served as State President for the Sons of the American Revolution.  Jim was passionate about traveling, sports, and volunteering. He was a lifelong learner that loved stopping at historical markers on road trips and reading historical books. He enjoyed spending his time with his church and served in the chaplaincy for the homeless.

Jim is preceded in death by his sister Jaclyn. He is survived by his wife Donna Mae, daughters Yvonne Angarola (Vince) and Jaclyn Fillerup (Jonathon), 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  Service to be held on Saturday, November 23rd at 10:00 a.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church,2745 N. 32nd St.,Mesa, AZ. Luncheon to follow.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in honor of James Skaggs to The Sons of The American Revolution.

Camp 1708 25th Anniversary

posted Nov 19, 2019, 5:02 PM by Arizona SCV   [ updated Nov 19, 2019, 5:04 PM ]

Congratulations Camp 1708 on 25 years of service! Anniversary luncheon is December 14, 2019. RSVP by December 7. Details available via camp adjutants.   

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