Metter's Dixie Guards
Schedule of Speakers and Programs
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We leave our previous speakers posted here so that visitors can see our tradition of excellent historical programs. Scroll down for new and upcoming speakers.

February 7th 2002
Tony Thompson on the hobby of Genealogy. Discussion of the basics and how-to's for the beginning hobbyist and family historian. Costs, techniques and rewards discussed.
March 7th 
Author James Van Eldik on his new book "From the Flame of Battle to the Fiery Cross".  His book is a history of the 3rd Tennessee Infantry and its first commander John C. Brown. His book covers the western war theatre including Chickamauga and Atlanta. The book also has mini biographies on several soldiers who witness postwar history and the birth of the Klan.
Visit to get more details on the book. Type "flame of battle" in their search box.
April - Confirmed
Compatriot Jason West on the Atlanta Campaign and North Georgia Theatre
May -
Compatriot Tommy Houston of the Ludowici - Robert Houstoun Anderson Camp on the 5th Georgia Cavalry. Houston shows over 70 rare slides about the history of the regiment. Houston is one of the foremost authorities on the 5th Georgia Calavry. Houston is a direct descendant of the regiment's commander and noted authority on the history of the Liberty, Long, Tattnall areas from which this regiment drew its soldiers.
Noted Author Kelly Barrow speaks on the topic of Black Confederate Soldiers. Barrow is the author of two books on the topic and is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on this overlooked and misunderstood area of study.
July- Social and picnic at George L. Smith Park
August- Rescheduled- TBA
Georgia Author of the Year Award winner Mauriel Joslyn comes to speak to us. She is the acclaimed author of The Immortal 600- A book about the legendary resolute POW's and a book on the life of Major General Patrick Cleburne. She has leave to discuss anything she wishes.
!!!Compatriot Steve Burke will bring his wonderful report on South Georgia Indian culture.
September 5th - SouthCentral Brigade Commander David Moncus will be our guest and will discuss the history and life of President Jefferson Davis.
Rescheduled- TBA
Authors Michael J.Gilhuly, M.D. J.D. and wife Marilyn Gilhuly  of Marietta, Ga. on their new book "Call to Glory, The Life and Times of a Texas Ranger" about the author's family history.  The book traces the saga of the Wiley brothers from their days in the Confederacy to their days in the Texas Rangers. The book is a gripping story of justice, courage, romance and honor. Visit for more details.
October- Compatriot Victor Fordham- Brief Demonstration
November- Ogeechee Rifles Past Commander Mike Mull talks about "Honest Abe". A revealing look at President Abraham Lincoln and his policies during the War. This promises to be an entertaining and informative presentation.
December- OPEN

January 2003- General's Banquet Jan 11th Guest Speaker  P. Charles Lunsford- Heritage Preservation Association
This promises to be a fine evening of fellowship and entertainment.

Feb 2003- Business meeting and video of Atlanta Flag Celebration.

March 2003- Rescheduled from last year!
Georgia Author of the Year Award winner Mauriel Joslyn comes to speak to us. She is the acclaimed author of The Immortal 600- A book about the legendary resolute POW's and a book on the life of Major General Patrick Cleburne.

April 2003 SCV Chaplain-in-Chief Pastor John Weaver
keynote speaker for Confederate History Month
Click here for more information on this dynamic Speaker.

Thursday April 24th --Randy Burbage and the Hunley Presentation!

May 2003

June 2003--Annual Georgia Divison Reunion in Statesboro-Entire Slate of Events Coming Soon.

July 2003-S.C. Brigade Commander David Moncus on Confederate Railroads
August 2003-S.E. Brigade Commander Don Newman
Sept 2003-Steve Burke on Surviving Reconstruction, Artifacts and History.
Oct 2003- Tony Thompson on Tattnall County Inferior Court Records
Nov 2003- Ted Dannemiller on the history of West Point Military Academy. Dannemiller is a graduate who knows his business.
Dec- Officer Elections-No program

Jan- no Regular Scheduled Meeting in lieu of
General's Banquet at Metter Community Center
Speaker SCV Pastor in Chief John Weaver 7:00 Friday Jan 23rd
BBQ with trimmings, covered dish salads and desserts $7.50 per
Feb- Mrs. J. Hethcox CSA History program -Regular meeting time
March- Ted Evan Lewis on the Genealogy of Metter's Confederate Founders
April- Jason Franklin on the capture of Jefferson Davis
May- Comm. David Moncus
June- Bob Griner on his mission trip to the Ukraine/Russia area.
July-SCV Field Rep. Jack Marlar on southern heritage
August-Camp Historian Richard Crotwell on the Augusta Powderworks
            (Click here for report on the program)
Sept.-Compatriot Bob Griner on Ebenezer Village, The Salzburgers & Sherman's March
Oct.-Dr. Fred Brogdon, retired from Georgia Southern, on the new Altamaha Heritage Center to be located in Lyons, Georgia.
Nov.-Compatriot Vance Harris on his genealogical trip to Europe
Dec- open - business meeting
Jan 05- General's Banquet
Feb 05- Compatriot Tony Thompson -  program on his book "It's Not What You Know: The Battle to Control How You Feel About History" and the revisionist history movement.
March 05 - Compatriot Robert Franklin - a history on Dekalb County
April 05 - Memorial Service
May 05- Honorary Member Commander David Moncus of the John C. Carter Camp in Waynesboro - a talk on the Vicksburg Campaign.
June 05- Video on "Helmira" Prison Camp
July 05 - Div. Lt. Commander Don Newman- rescheduled
Aug. 05- State Representative Tim Bearden, primary sponsor of Fair Flag Vote Bill along with the Mayor of Villa Rica.- rescheduled.
Sep. 05- Ga. Division Commander and Commander of the Army of Tennessee, Jack Bridwell
Oct. 05- TBA
Nov. 05- TBA
Dec. 1st 05- Steve Burke- on WBTS Snipers
Jan. 28th 2006- SCV Commander in Chief Deene Sweeney- General's Banquet Keynote Speaker
Feb. 06
April--Park Rangers from State Historical Park at Richmond Hill--Fort McAllister came and did a program on the history of the Fort. See photos

Memorial Service for Corp. James E. Mikell

May --George King---Chaplains in Confederacy
June--Immortal 600 Barry Durrence of the Tattnall Invincibles
July--Darryl Drake on the POW's of Camp Lawton in Millen, Georgia

Henry Thain Memorial Service--Confederate Medal of Honor

August- Compatriot Sonny Morgan of Morgan's Funeral Home on "Undertaking History" and how embalming began during the WBTS/Civil War.

Sept.--Compatriot Steve Burke on Georgia Home Guard Troops