About SCV Camp 2140 & the 24th Mississippi Reg

A Brief History of the Formation of Camp 2140

Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee’s Caledonia Rifles Camp 2140 was formed around a core group of six SCV members from their existing SCV camp, four new members, and one member who reinstated his expired SCV membership. The core group – several U.S. military veterans among them – was dissatisfied with the state of affairs in their camp regarding certain aspects of modern patriotism and citizenship, particularly the Pledge of Allegiance and the display of the current United States flag, which were either grossly modified or done away with based on the beliefs of a few camp officers and without prior consent of the membership. Disregard of standard SCV procedures and by-laws contributed to the problem and several of the members decided to transfer away and form a new camp based in Caledonia, MS, in the northern part of Lowndes County, Mississippi.

The first planning meeting was held on 4 October 2007. The mechanics of organizing and chartering a camp were discussed as well as recruiting and possible projects for the future. An earlier visit to a new camp forming in Louisville, MS provided some guidance as well as more questions about getting started. Provisional camp officers were decided upon and volunteers were accepted for the following positions: Commander/Chaplain, 1st Lt Commander, 2nd Lt Commander, and Adjutant/Treasurer/Historian (a Camp Surgeon was added later).

After much e-mail debate, discussion and compromise, the name of the camp was settled on as Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee’s Caledonia Rifles. This pays tribute both to Gen. Lee – who was a prominent figure in the area and SCV after the war – and Company D of the 24th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, the Caledonia Rifles, raised in the local area and in Lee’s army corps towards the end of the war. The naming process prompted discussions that if we were going to be named for Lee, we needed to work on making his name more prominent in the community. One starting place would be working with the Lee House managers in downtown Columbus to ‘expand the Confederate presence of Lee’ as one member put it. Lee is buried in Friendship Cemetery in nearby Columbus, MS

Company D, 24th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, and known as the Caledonia Rifles was mustered into service September 1861 and surrendered 26 April 1865 at Greensboro, NC, as part of S.D. Lee’s Corps in the Army of Tennessee. They fought with the regiment in battles at Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, New Hope Church, Jonesboro, Franklin and Nashville.

Companies of the 24th MS and the County of Origin

Company A — Gaines Warriors (Greene & Perry Counties)

Company B — Mississippi Confederates (Monroe County)

Company C — Dowd Rebels (Chickasaw County)

Company D — Caledonia Rifles (Lowndes County)

Company E — Helen Johnstone Guards (Madison County)

Company F — Cummings Grays (Marshall County)

Company G — Brierfield Defenders (Warren County)

Company H — Buena Vista Hornets (Chickasaw County)

Company I — Kemper Rebels (Kemper County)

Company K — Choctaw Rebels (Choctaw County)

Company L — Monroe Rangers, aka the Athens Guard (Monroe County)

(Another company that shows up prominently on gravestones throughout the Caledonia area is the 43rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment.)

Camp 2140’s main projects for the present involve local cemeteries:

Ensure the upkeep of soldier’s graves in Unity Cemetery (1828) in Caledonia.

Research and document the existence of unknown CSA graves in Unity

Obtain VA stones for other CSA veterans that don’t have any

Catalog gravesitesand place markers as needed at other cemeteries in the area

Upkeep of S.D. Lee’s grave in Friendship Cemetery. Also looking at some type of marker indicating to visitors that Lee is buried in the cemetery.

Developing a more complete database of some sort for Confederate graves in this area, i.e., Northern Lowndes County, Monroe County, etc.

Unity Cemetery – just outside of Caledonia, MS – has a state historical marker that tells the history of the site and states that there are three ‘Civil War’ soldiers buried there. Recent research has indicated that there are at least 30 soldiers buried there, maybe more. The camp has a lot of work ahead of it to properly mark these men for their wartime service. Unity also has one War of 1812 veteran and one World War One veteran. The camp has began marking these graves with appropriate US or CS flags during Memorial Day 2009, and they have been there ever since.

One of the camp’s goals is to establish a solid working relationship with the United Daughter’s of the Confederacy. In this we have been very successful. We consider the UDC Stephen D. Lee Chapter 34 our ‘sister’ camp since we have worked so closely with them before and after our formation. Another CDC chapter we have helped – and been helped by – is Winston Guards Chapter 2643 based out of Louisville, MS. We hope to continue our good relationship and put to rest the crazy notion that the UDC and SCV ‘do not play well with others’ (or each other).

The future history of Camp 2140 is yet to be written. We may not be the largest camp, membership-wise, for some time, but we hope to do ‘large things’ – educating the public, honoring our ancestors and always following ‘The Charge’….

“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 emulation 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. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee

24th MS Flag

Responses

  1. Glad to find you out there. I am interested in some of the civil war history and wonder how much information you have for each individual soldier that marched out from Unity Presbyterian in 1861. My great great grandfather, John Newton Dale and his brother, James, were two of those soldiers.

  2. […] Caledonia Rifles SCV Miss. Camp https://caledoniarifles.wordpress.com/about-scv-camp-2140-the-24th-mississippi-reg/ –represents the 24th […]

    • My great great grandfather was a private in Company G and B of the 24th infantry Regiment volunteers would like any information you have on the battles that they had

  3. Hello,
    I’m the Adj. of Borderland veterans Camp #2201 in Douglas, AZ. We are considering using a version of the Hardee / Cleburne pattern flag for our camp flag.
    Would you or any other SCV Camp have any objections or advice?
    Sincerely,
    Silas Griffin
    griffinrs@hotmail.com


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