Osceola History celebrates May as History Month. Throughout May 2020 we will feature articles about local heritage organizations.
United Confederate Veterans
Lineage, heritage and patriotic societies are just as much a part of the history of Osceola County as are the people who migrated here and founded the area. Following the War Between the States, families with the surnames Bass, Brack, Bronson, Gilbert, Ivey, McLaughlin, Outlaw, Partin, Sullivan, Whaley and others began moving south from Georgia, North and South Carolina, Alabama and north Florida.
As they began to build homes and raise their families, they also became the leaders of the community, serving in both elected and influential positions – mayor, county commissioner, tax assessor, judges and ministers. They started cattle ranches, planted citrus groves and opened businesses in their communities.
In 1889, the national United Confederate Veterans (UCV) was formed for the purpose of fostering social, literary, historical and benevolent ideas and projects. Individual groups were called “camps” and by 1898, 1,555 camps were represented at the annual reunion. In Kissimmee, the Alfred Iverson Camp 1482 was formed in 1900 with a charter membership of 42, many of its members being the men who founded this area. General Alfred Iverson moved to the area about 1881, lived at Shingle Creek and was a veteran of both the Mexican and War Between the States. The camp later was known as the Bob Partin Camp UCV.
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Organized in Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers. On April 20, 1914, Gordon Camp 784 Sons of Confederate Veterans was officially formed in Kissimmee with 30 charter members.
Jacob Summerlin Camp 1516 SCV has been active in Osceola County since its formation in 1990 with 22 members. In 1993, the camp held the first Battle at Narcoossee Mill, a two-day event with vendors, authentic displays and battle reenactments. The Friday before the Battle is Education Day for school students. Besides maintaining several cemeteries, the camp places Battle Flags on all Confederate Veterans gravesites, has provided multiple $1000 scholarships since 2003 to qualifying graduating seniors with Confederate ancestors and presents the Hunley Award to an Osceola County high school Junior ROTC cadet.
Written by Anza Bast.
Sources: “Kissimmee Valley Gazette” April 7, 1911, October 27, 1911, April 24, 1914; “Orlando Sentinel” January 28, 1996; http://www.jacobsummerlin.org/