SCV Camp 1708 actively collects and thoughtfully donates pieces that relate to all facets of the early Phoenix area, which later became a part of the Arizona Territory, Confederate States of America. In addition, we try to recognize those who have contributed to Arizona and our nation.
Camp 1708 purchased 4 new books for the students of Red Mountain High School in Mesa studying the Civil War. On the left Denise Smith, a librarian aide at Red Mountain accepts the books from Adjutant Crawford.
The four books were: "The Civil War in the Western Territories" by Ray C. Colton, University of Oklahoma Press, 1959; "The Civil War in the American West" by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., Vintage Books, 1991; "Civil War in the southwest, Recollections of the Sibley Brigade" by Jerry Thompson, Texas A & M University Press; and "The Civil War in Arizona, The Story of the California volunteers, 1861-1865" by Andrew E. Masich, University of Oklahoma Press, 2006
In December, 2012, Mrs. Danella Dickson, of Texas, contacted our Camp to ascertain if Pvt. Jesse P. Morrison's grave in the Double Butte Cemetery was properly marked to reflect his service to the Confederacy. It wasn't and in fact the gravestone was turned away from the path along the gravesite. With the support of Mrs. Dickson and the Double Butte Cemetery, Camp 1708 was able to have the gravestone turned properly and acquire 14 crosses to properly mark all of the graves of Confederate Veterans buried in the Cemetery. See photos left and right.
One plate from the U.S.P. Railroad Expedition & Survey-1850 Lithograph-New Mexico & Arizona-Bivouac. Also a 100 pound sterling first mortgage Gold Bond issued in January 1892 by the South Gila Canal Company in Arizona with most interest coupons still attached.
Three plates from the 1855 US Pacific Railroad Survey 329 Parallel Arizona California Lithographs depicting early scenes of the Arizona Territory. Each color tinted plate is 8.5" by 11". The plates are of and were acquired from: Valley of the Gila and Sierra De Las Estrellas from the Maricopa Wells; from A. Hoen & Co. Baltimore; and the San Francisco Mountain Rio Colorado - Near the Mojave Villages, looking north; from Sarony & Co., New York.
Also, this one is of the Valley of Bill Williams Fork north of Yuma on the California-Arizona border. The Camp is proud to have located, secured, and donated to the Library a number of other items including Arizona Water Company, $1,000.00 General Mortgage Income Gold Bond; a Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railway Company stock certificate, unissued; a Map of the proposed Arizona Territory; a Lithograph of the Mojave Valley of the Rio Colorado; and a Lithograph of the Zuni Sacred Spring.
Camp 1708 provided a "Holiday Gift" to those residing in the Arizona State Veteran Home and patients in the VA Community Living Center. A total of 176 decks of cards were presented to Betty Lou Gwin, Volunteer Coordinator of the Phoenix Arizona State Veteran Home and 55 decks to Julie Effron, CTRS, Recreation Therapist at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
On the left Camp Commander Jim Gibson presents the cards to Betty Lou Gwin of the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services. On the right Commander Gibson presents the cards to Julie Effron, CTRS of the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
Camp 1708 is indebted to White Oak Products for making these cards available to us as gifts for the veterans in the above two facilities. Click for more information on White Oak Products.
See the "thank you."
James Head is a ranger at Picacho Peak State Park where the widely acclaimed "western most battle of the Civil War" occurred. Jim is considered the authority on that battle here in Arizona. Jim takes the time to speak to various civic organizations, heritage organizations and the general public concerning that battle and the significance thereof.
In recognition of Jim's contributions in public education Camp 1708 presented him with a remnant of a captured confederate battle flag. The flag was captured at the battle of Shiloh and it was donated to the Camp along with a letter of authenticity. The remnant is shown on the left and on the right, Adjutant Crawford is presenting it to ranger Jim Head (on the left) at Picacho Peak State Park.