Clarendon Hall students get ‘living history’ lesson from SCV

By Cathy Gilbert

Clarendon Hall students in the seventh through tenth grades sat in silence and amazement as they got a brief glimpse into what a solider’s life was like during the War Between the States.

Sponsored by the Col. Henry Laurens Benbow Camp #859 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans from Manning, the presentation featured Billy Syftett of Walterboro, also a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Syfett demonstrated the uniform, equipment and weapons used by the military forces on both sides of the war. With both reproduction and original pieces, he explained what was issued to each soldier and what they actually kept and used during the terrible struggle that divided our nation, often pitting brother against brother.

The students were given an opportunity to handle and examine the many different supplies, weapons and gear that were needed in the soldiers’ daily lives.

The questions were many and excitement was great as only the end of the school day could take the children away from the display and their interest in this living history program.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is a non-political organization dedicated to preserving the true history of the South and the legacy of her heroes.

“The SCV has ongoing programs at the local, state and national levels which include preservation work, historical re-enactments, grave restoration, student scholarships, medical research grants and many other educational presentations,” according to Albert Jackson, commander of the Manning camp. “Our camp is presently undertaking the task of restoring the graves and replacing the Crosses of Honor of the 91 Confederate veterans buried in the Manning Cemetery.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the Sons of Confederate Veterans or helping in their local projects may call 803-854-2103 locally or 1-800-MY SOUTH at their national offices.

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