Sons of Confederate Veterans Zebulon Baird Vance Camp 15 Asheville North Carolina, dedicated to honoring preserving Confederate History and Heritage
Welcome to Camp 15
Founded prior to the founding of the national organization, our Camp is one of the oldest in the country. Dedicated to preserving and promoting the history and legacy of the Confederate heritage, our members, along with members of numerous other Camps, form a voluntary national association of male descendants of those who served the Confederate States of America in a military capacity. It is our sincere intention to honor their memories by preserving and causing to be remembered those ideals for which they so nobly stood.
The Camp is part of the Southern Highland Brigade, one of 11 brigades comprising the North Carolina Division of the national Sons of Confederate Veterans. Active for many years, the Camp fell victim to the Great Depression of the 1930s, but was re‑activated in the mid‑1960s under the leadership of long-time Camp Commander, Robert Beard. Since that time, and thanks to the guidance and efforts of many committed members, the Camp has remained an active and viable representation in Western North Carolina of our Confederate heritage. It is to the many dedicated compatriots, past and present, of the Zebulon Baird Vance Camp No. 15 that we owe a debt of gratitude for their faithful support.
The Camp shares with the national and state organizations an enduring interest in and commitment to preserving our common Confederate heritage. In practical terms, this often means responding to uninformed or ill meaning attacks on points of Confederate history, symbols, monuments, historical figures, or the real but often obscured reasons so many Southerners, (both white and black) fought for the Confederacy. The Camp is a “501 (C) (3) ”non-political organization which is not affiliated with any organization other than the national and state SCV (including the Military Order of the Stars and Bars). We reject any group whose actions tarnish or distort the image of the Confederate soldier or his reasons for fighting. Neither do we embrace, condone, support or associate with any organization(s) whose philosophy is based on racial or social bias or the hatred of other people.
ACTIVITIES OF THE CAMP
The Camp meets regularly at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month (except August, November and December when other events are scheduled) at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse, NC 191 South near the Biltmore Square Mall. Meetings include the conducting of Camp business, as well as a special program featuring a speaker or other presentation focusing on areas of interest specific to our Confederate heritage, history, or the on-going battle to preserve these common ties. Members are invited to bring prospective members, wives, family members or other guests who share these interests.
The Camp also supports a number of special projects, and several times a year programs are planned, such as our annual August picnic and December Christmas social, which encourage family participation. Some of our staunchest supporters are the spouses and children of our members.
CAMP 15 IN THE COMMUNITY
The camp is very active in the community through participating in events such as Heritage Day programs, providing historical demonstration, living history exhibits, and some members are active in War Between the States battle re-enactment groups. Camp 15 is a regular fixture at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, providing a booth which offers Southern Heritage merchandise for sale, and is staffed with camp members who are on hand to field questions about the SCV and its interest in preserving the memory of our ancestors. Although the SCV is a standalone organization, Camp 15, with the help of organizations such as The United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Order of the Confederate Rose, provides community service through the care and preservation of historical sites through the restoration, beautification and raising money to erect monuments and gravestones to the many Confederate soldiers who lived and died in Western North Carolina. Camp 15 sponsors local youths in the Sam Davis Youth Camp, an area youth summer camp program.
Camp 15 is regularly active in supporting the local community. Fulfilling the charge set before the Sons of Confederate Veterans founding members to give back to the communities which our ancestors fought to preserve. Camp 15 provides financial and physical labor to support some very important projects in our area such as:
The Asheville Buncombe Christian Community Ministries' Veterans Restoration Quarters ( a local shelter for homeless service veterans)
The Salvation Army Angel Tree program (providing Christmas to children in need)
Caring For Children (Providing Christmas to troubled adolescents in the local Foster network)
Paws4Vets (raising money to provide service animals to disabled combat veterans)
Wounded Warriors (donations to assist disabled combat veterans)
Feeding and clothing the homeless community in downtown Asheville (providing warm coats, socks, hot food and other needed supplies to area citizens in need)
DUES AND BENEFITS
Annual dues are paid by each member, and are paid in October of each year. In addition to membership in an active organization devoted to preserving the heritage, history and ideals of the Confederate soldier, and the camaraderie and friendship of your fellow members, you will receive a presentation-quality Certificate of Membership from the National SCV organization, copies of the bi‑monthly national magazine Confederate Veteran, and the bi‑monthly division newspaper, The Carolina Confederate, and a voice in how this history and heritage is preserved and presented to all.
We invite you to become a part of this exciting and important organization.
For more information on becoming a part of our exciting organization,send us an email to Camp 15 at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Namesake, Zebulon Baird Vance
Zebulon Baird Vance (May 13, 1830 – April 14, 1894) was a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, twice Governor of North Carolina, and U.S. Senator.
During the Civil War, Vance was a captain stationed in Raleigh, commanding a company known as the "Rough and Ready Guards," part of the Fourteenth North Carolina Regiment. That August, Vance was elected Colonel of the Twenty-sixth North Carolina. The Twenty-sixth engaged in battle in New Bern in March of 1862, where Vance conducted an orderly retreat. Vance also led the Twenty-sixth at Richmond. The Twenty-sixth was ultimately destroyed at the Battle of Gettysburg, losing more than 700 of its original 800 members, though Vance at that time was no longer in military service.
In September 1862, Vance won the gubernatorial election. In the Confederacy Vance was a major proponent of individual rights and local self-government, often putting him at odds with the Confederate government of Jefferson Davis. For example, North Carolina was the only state to observe the writ of habeas corpus and keep its courts fully functional during the war. Also, Vance refused to allow supplies smuggled into North Carolina by blockade runners to be given to other states until North Carolinians had their share. Vance's work for the aid and morale of the people, especially in mitigating the harsh Confederate conscription practices, inspired the nickname "War Governor of the South." Vance was re-elected in 1864.
The Zebulon Baird Vance Camp 15, serves as the Southern Highland Brigade of the North Carolina Division, covering Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Transylvania, Watauga, Yancey counties.