The inspiration for the Jones County Camp began to emerge in 2011 as the ranks of the 16th Georgia re-enactment company saw its membership enriched by a multitude of Jones County men. As far as could be determined, the vicinity had never enjoyed an SCV Camp before and to a handful of local SCV veterans, this seemed a golden opportunity to start one.
The initial meeting was held on July 19, 2012 and a 14-name charter application was submitted. The goal of these men was to honor our valiant Confederate soldiers and truthfully tell their story. The first Commander, J.C. Nobles, suggested the camp name to be “The Camp of the Unknown Soldier”. This name was readily adopted in recognition of those men who had sacrificed even more than life, losing even their very name to posterity.
Today, the Jones County camp consists of 28 members from the ages of 12-90 and all walks of life from students to professionals. The camp is blessed with dedicated and talented members to perform 10-12 commemorations and memorial services per year within our home county of Jones and also by invitation in surrounding counties even into Florida. The camp is a co-host of The Old Clinton War Days event each May and the Griswoldville Battlefield Commemoration each November. Many of our members also routinely volunteer at many historical sites around middle Georgia and participate in historical re-enactments all over the southeast.
In all of our endeavors, The Camp of the Unknown Soldier seeks to defend the Confederate soldier’s good name and guard his history. We stand vigilant at our post of duty to see that the true history of the South is presented accurately to future generations. Camp 2218 Commander J.C. Nobles states "As a living historian, my job is not to try and say what was right or wrong. My job is to show how it happened and to memorialize the men and the women that made the supreme sacrifice in defense of their homes."
Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 2218
Camp 2218 will meet the 3rd Thursday of the month at Chevy's Pizza located at 115 W Clinton St, Gray, GA 31032. Dinner begins at 6:00pm with the program beginning at 7:00pm.
Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans
"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 emulations 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."
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee
United Confederate Veterans
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 25, 1906
Commander Charles Whitehead
1st Lt Commander Brick Lee Nelson
2nd Lt CommanderJ.C. Nobles
Adjutant Wayne Dobson
Chaplain Joel Whitehead
Judge Advocate Ethan Bloodworth
Surgeon Bryant Knight
Historian Ethan Bockholt
Color Sergeant Earl Colvin
Quartermaster Al McGalliard
Treasurer Al McGalliard