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We hope to use this page to keep members updated on each other and on the latest happenings within the organization. Please let us know what your chapter activities are so we might add them to the web site. Send to Postmaster@mosbfl.org

The following items are a review of our Society activities during recent times.

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15 February was the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Olustee. To celebrate the event, MOS&B Officers will present to help start the event in the annual parade.

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MOS&B Artifacts display at Olustee with Anthony Hodges, Ben Willingham and Randy Kerlin

Camp Sumter, Andersonville, GA

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Captain Henry Wirz, CSA former commander of Camp Sumter and the subject of great controversy.
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Chief of Staff Ben H. Willingham speaking at Andersonville

The event was highlighted by the presence of descendants of Captain Henry Wirz, descendants of President Jefferson Davis and descendants of L. M. Park. Park was the young clerk and assistant to Captain Wirz who spent his remaining years trying to rehabilitate Captain Wirz’s name and reputation by writing articles about what really happened at Camp Sumter. Park was a major factor in the original monument dedicated to Captain Wirz. The subject of Captain Willingham’s talk was the life and work of L. M. Park.

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Georgia UDC Presient Mrs. Kennedy presenting Willingham and Wirz the Jefferson Davis Gold Medal

The event was also highlighted by the ladies of the United Daughters of the Confederacy presenting MOS&B Chief of Staff Ben H. Willingham and Colonel Heinrich Wirz, the grand nephew of Captain Wirz, the UDC Jefferson Davis Gold Medal.

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Ben H. Willingham

UDC Georgia Annual Convention, Savannah, GA

On October 2, 2009, Ben Willingham (MOS&B Chief of Staff) was the speaker at the annual UDC Georgia State Convention that was held in Savannah, GA. His presentation was on the Flag of the 19th Georgia and their part in the Third Annual Federal Invasion of Florida. Pictured below is the original battle flag carried by the 19th Georgia Infantry.

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Original 19th Georgia Battle Flag

In addition to the talks described above, the FL Society MOS&B together with the Museum of Southern History in Jacksonville brought a large display of War Between the States artifacts including many forms of muskets, medical equipment and other items of the times. This was well accepted by the crowd as many visitors stopped by to inquire and learn. FL Society Commander Kandy Kerlin managed the display and represented the MOS&B.

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Randy Kerlin in the uniform of a Confederate Officer manning the artifacts display.
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Participants in the Warrenton Memorial event, all MOS&B members awaiting the start of the festivitie
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Colors flying at the Warrenton event
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Georgia Succession Flag 1861

Florida Society Annual Meeting

July 2013 Ocala, FL

The annual meeting was well attended with most chapters being represented. The attendees were photographed as a group.

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FL Society Annual Meeting, Ocala, FL

Let us know if there are any events or updates you would like to share with fellow members.