C.F. Connor, Camp #849
Blue Ridge Brigade, NC Division
Hickory, North Carolina
Confederate Memorial Day Celebration - May 14, 2013
- On Court House Square, Newton, NC
The Honor & Color Guard and OCR Burke Tiger Lillies of the Burke Tigers, Camp 2162, Valdese, NC
Speaker for Memorial Service was Elgie McGalliard, Blue Ridge Bridgade Commander.
Shown, left to right: Mick Clark, Elgie McGalliard, Allen Seagle, Dale Berry, Darin Deal, Rheba Houser, Randy Deal And Jeffrey McGalliard.
[Photo by Burke Tiger Lillies OCR Member, Helen Whisnant]
Kenneth Johnson, Jr. (October 14, 1952 - October 17, 2014)
An era has passed. A man of great personal integrity and purpose of mind has left us. He supported a noble cause and made no compromise of principles. His shoes will not only be difficult to fill...they will be impossible to fill. As the years pass, those who respect the dignity and unwavering patriotic fervor for a lost era are fast disappearing. 'Rosebud' was rough around the edges but he was a gentle man who inspired all those who knew him. His departure will forever leave a void in the hearts of those who love our nation and respect our traditions. He unashamedly believed in the cause of the Confederate States of America and always sought to tell the true story of a conflict that claimed over half a million American lives. He founded the C.F. Connor Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and was always ready to tell the story of the camp namesake, a Captain who was killed by Union forces, becoming the last Confederate officer to die in what came to be known as the Civil War. Johnson always preferred to call the conflict what it truly was: "The War of Northern Aggression." At camp meetings, as long as health permitted, he insisted on repeating the charge given by Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee at the first convention of the United 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 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. Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations.
Today, men and women pass from this life to the next. The lives they lived and the accomplishments they achieved mark the brief time they spent on this earth. Ken Johnson left a mark and touched many lives during his life-long journey. Those who had heard of him, respected him. Those who knew him, loved him. We are all the poorer with his passing.
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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 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. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General, United Confederate Veterans, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906.
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