Order of Confederate Rose chapter eyed for Lebanon

Staff Reports • Updated Jan 27, 2014 at 11:16 PM

The Gen. Robert H. Hatton Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will welcome Vonda Dixon as its guest speaker Thursday at 7 p.m. 

Dixon is president of the Tennessee Society Order of the Confederate Rose and will speak about the organization and the potential for starting a Lebanon chapter. The meeting will be at 212 S. Maple St. in Lebanon. 

Dixon was involved in the Order of the Confederate Rose since 2006 as the first president of the Gainesboro Chapter. She will explain what the organization does and how to go about starting a chapter of the Order of the Confederate Rose in Lebanon.

“The Order of the Confederate Rose has a history of service, and does a lot of good work to support the same causes we’re involved in,” said Barry Forkum, commander of Lebanon’s Robert H. Hatton Camp. “We want see how much interest there might be in sponsoring a chapter of the Order of the Confederate Rose here in Lebanon.”

The Order of the Confederate Rose’s main mission is to support Confederate heritage, and the history of the South. OCR was formed in 1993 to aid and further the cause of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and to support all endeavors sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

OCR is open to all men and women ages 16 and older, regardless of ancestry. Younger children are Rosebuds and Young Rebels. OCR is a non-racial, non-political and non-sectarian organization.  The Order of Confederate Rose does not compete with the United Daughters of the Confederacy or any other genealogical organization.

Dixon has always been a lover of history and is a student of preservation and genealogy studies. She is past vice president of the Smith County Heritage Museum and has performed living histories in the area portraying the founder of Carthage’s wife, Mrs. William (Sarah) Walton. In addition, she offers school programs and is an active civilian re-enactor for the Civil War period. She is currently employed as a genealogist in the Smith County Library in Carthage, as well as undertaking private ancestry research.

Anyone interested in learning more about Confederate history and potentially forming a chapter of the Order of the Confederate Rose in Lebanon is encouraged to attend. 

The General Robert H. Hatton Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans is based in Lebanon and is a nonprofit organization. As a historical honor society, its sole purpose is the preservation of Southern history and the memory of the Confederacy and its role in American history. 

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