LAST CONFEDERATE STRUCTURE DEDICATED IN AUGUSTA THIS SATURDAY
(ATLANTA - 6 October 2010) This Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM, the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will preside over the rededication of the Confederate Powder Works Chimney in Augusta, Georgia.
The Confederate Powder Works was the only large scale structure that was commissioned and paid for by the Confederate States national government. The facility consisted of 26 buildings that stretched 2 miles along the canal in Augusta and provided black powder for Southern soldiers throughout the War for Southern Independence. The chimney is the only remaining portion of the facility.
The Brigadier General E. Porter Alexander Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has spent the last eight years raising $192,000 to restore the chimney, an amount of which $84,000 was donated directly by the Georgia Division of the SCV and was funded by their portion of the fees collected from the sale of their specialty vehicle license plates. After eight years of raising the funds, the restoration project began on The rededication of the Confederate Powder Works Chimney in Augusta is a continuing part of the launch of the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the War for Southern Independence which officially begins this December. Last month, the Georgia Division of the Sons also raised a huge Confederate battle flag along I-75 near Tifton, Georgia; and there are other many other projects and activities already planned in memory of Georgia's role in the War.
Georgia Division Commander Jack Bridwell, speaking of the hard work of the Augusta Camp and the Powder Works Chimney project said, "As we approach the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States, it's only fitting that we now have the opportunity to salute the men of the Augusta Camp, and indeed all the members of the SCV statewide, who have supported the restoration of the Confederate Powder Works Chimney -- the last standing portion of the only industrial complex built by the Confederate Government."
This Saturday's rededication service will take place at 2:00 PM at the Chimney, which is located at 1717 Goodrich Street, Augusta, Georgia.
Interviews or more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans and this week's rededication service may be obtained by contacting the Georgia Division at 1-888-SCV-IN-GA or firstname.lastname@example.org.