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Annual Lee-Jackson banquet set for Friday
2011 is 150th anniversary of Civil War
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In this famous painting from the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee, left, confers with General Stonewall Jackson. - photo by Special

The Bulloch County Ogeechee Rifles Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its annual Lee-Jackson Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday inside RJ's Restaurant on South Main St.

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.

Outgoing Ogeechee Commander Deke Cox said: "This event is named in honor of the birthdays of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jonathon "Stonewall" Jackson."

The banquet also will feature a Southern Heritage musical concert, during which time songs about life in the South during the Civil War will be performed by well-known Southern musician Ross Moore."

Moore said he started following Civil War-era music when "I found out about six or seven years ago that I have two great grandfathers that were Confederate soldiers. I began recording Southern Heritage music shortly after that."

He added, "Not all the Southern Heritage music I play is from the period, (but) most of it is music about the period."

Moore plays the tunes on older "traditional" instruments, such as the 12-string guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, dobro, and autoharp.

Moore's album, "Church in the Wildwood" was selected as the "Album of the Year" by the Southern Heritage Music Association last year. This year, his album "Ghost River" may be selected for both "Song/Album of the Year," while Moore himself is up for three awards: Songwriter, Instrumentalist, and Mainstream Artist of the Year.

Sons of Confederate Veterans camps, such as the "Ogeechee Rifles," have regular monthly meetings. Group members hold "re-enactments" where members dress in period costumes to recognize important dates in Confederate holidays and preserve history.

Incoming camp commander, Mike Sorrell, said he "...plans to continue the ‘Flags across Bulloch Project,' where we have installed Confederate flags throughout the county, and I will continue to support the Sam Davis Youth Camp, where our youngsters can learn more about their Southern heritage."

Tickets for $20 can be purchased by calling Camp Commander Deke Cox at 912-690-0823 or Fifth Brigade Commander Mike Mull at 912-764-2822.


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