Colonel Hiram Parks Bell Camp #1642
       Sons of Confederate Veterans

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22 April - Martin K. O'Toole

A graduate of the University of Georgia and the Georgia State University Law School, Martin K. O’Toole is a partner in Griffin & O’Toole in Marietta. He is a member and past commander of the Lt. General Leonidas Polk SCV Camp #1446, in Smyrna, and has served as the Parliamentarian and Division Judge Advocate General for the Georgia Division.  Mr. O'Toole will speak on “Lee’s Genius Revealed at Gettysburg.” Lee and the Confederate soldier vindicated at Gettysburg. 
Our camp meets at 7:00 P.M. on the fourth Monday of every month at the Bell Research Center, 101 Atlanta Rd, Cumming, Georgia (between the Sinclair Station and the Dairy Queen). The public is always welcome.
2013 Guest Speakers
28 January - Phill Bettis 

​The “P. Bettis” rifle was patented in 1850 by Philip Bettis of Cummings, Georgia. He is listed as a gunsmith in Forsyth County in the 1860 census, and in Vickery Creek in the 1880 Census. Our speaker, local attorney and historian Phill Bettis, is a direct descendant of this antebellum gunsmith and he has carefully built an outstanding collection of original Bettis Rifles.   

25 February - Rodney Steward

Dr. Rodney Steward is a professor of history at the University of South Carolina, Salkehatchie. His works have appeared in the Virginia Magazine of History & Biography, Encyclopedia of North Carolina, and North Carolina Historical Review. His book David Schenck and the Contours of Confederate Identity has just been published by the University of Tennessee Press.
25 March - Ron Skellie

Ron Skellie has carefully gathered letters, diaries, war records, and photographs to tell the story of the Mississippi “High Pressure Brigade” of the Army of Tennessee. His two-volume Lest We Forget; The Immortal Seventh Mississippi was published in 2012.  
20 May - Dr. Stephen Davis

Noted Civil War historian Stephen Davis will speak about his new book What the Yankees Did to Us,Sherman's Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta.
24 June - Bro' Joey Young
Joey Young is the Chaplain of the Georgia Battalion and heads the Old Paths Re-Enactors Missions, a ministry reaching Civil War re-enactors with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He will be speaking on the Southern Revivals, the Third Great Awakening in the Southern Armies.

20 July 2013 - Camp Field Trip

Preservationist David Yoakley Mitchell of the Mitchell Foundation will lead our members & guests on a private tour of the Civil War collection of the Hargrett Rare Books Collections in the new Richard B. Russell Special Collections Building on the campus of the University of Georgia. After the tour, we will do an early dinner in downtown Athens.
26 August 2013 - Historian Bill Potter 

A consummate historian, Bill Potter is a longtime friend of our camp and has twice conducted wide-ranging lecture series on American History for the Bell Research Center.  He is one of the premier speakers on the American War Between the States.  ​The title of Mr. Potter's lecture is The Race to the Guns: Texas vs. Georgia in the Triangle Field at Gettysburg.  

23 September 2013 - Dr. William Bragg

Dr. William H. Bragg is the past recipient of the Georgia Historical Society’s E. Merton Coulter Award for Excellence in the Writing of Georgia History. Bill recently retired as director of the Center for Georgia Studies at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. He will be speaking on "How Stands the South?", a review of recent Confederate/Southern heritage wins and losses. 
28 October 2013 - Robert Jenkins

Author Robert Jenkins will be speaking about his new book The Battle of Peach Tree Creek; Hood's First Sortie.
25 November - Jack Marlar      

SCV Field Representative #1 Jack Marlar of Fountain Inn, South Carolina is always informative and entertaining.  Jack will be explaining how Confederate Christmas traditions were different from those of the North.
2014 Guest Speakers
27 January - Brad Quinlan
Historian Brad Quinlan will speak about his new book Confederate Hospitals in Georgia.

24 February- Brad Butkovich

Author Brad Butkovich will speak about his new book The Battle of Pickett's Mill.  
24 March -  Mark Lemon    

Author Mark Lemon is the second grandson of Capt 
James L. Lemon, one of only two recipients of the 
SCV's Confederate Medal of Honor from Georgia.
Mark has published his ancestor's remarkable and 
dramatic war memoirs, "Feed Them the Steel", which 
well-known Civil War editor Keith Bohannon has called 
one of the finest war narratives from a Confederate 
company-grade officer he has ever read.

28 April -  Rick Joslyn    

Historian Rick Joslyn, a resident of Sparta, Georgia, will be speaking about the history of the Georgia Military Academy in Marietta, Georgia.

19 May- Charles Bearden
​3rd generation native Atlantan, Charles Bearden, will be speaking about his ancestor, Reverend General Clement Anselem Evans.
23 June- Michael Hitt
A current Roswell law enforcement officer and noted local historian, Michael Hitt, spoke on the Artillery Battery of Fort Walker in Atlanta's Grant Park.
24 November - John Williams will 
display and discuss his Historic 
Currency of America exhibit.

27 October - Dr. Lawrence Krumenaker 
will talk about his new book Walking the 
Line, a description of the Atlanta 
defenses as they appear today.

22 September - Historian Michael Shaffer will speak on the Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

​2015 Guest Speakers
​January 26th - Rev. Archibald Everhart (1821-1899), Chaplain to Bishop-General Leonidas Polk’s Staff Officers and Military Escort, as found in the yet-unpublished historical fiction THE LAST CHRISTIAN IN ALABAMA, and author of The Resurgametica prayer book.
February 23 - Gould B. Hagler is the past president of the Civil War Roundtable of Atlanta and the past commander of the John B. Gordon Camp 46.  His new book Georgia's Confederate Monuments has just been published by Mercer University Press, and is a product of two decades of work.
March 23 - Dr. Stephen Davis is a masterful researcher and superb writer of Civil War history.  His presentations are a tour de force.  He will present Sherman's March to the Sea from a Southern Perspective.

August 24 - Ross Glover of the Roswell Mills Camp is the author of “Confederate Navy Stories: By the Men Who Lived Them”

September 28 - Camp member & Barton-Stovall Brigade historian Joe Bailey will speak on two Forsyth County companies in the 43rd Georgia: the men of Company E, "The Kellogg Rifles," and Company I, "The Zollicofer Guards."
April 27 - John C. Hall, Jr. of Dublin, Georgia is the author of Above the High Water Mark.  Stephen Corker was a plantation owner, politician, and captain in the 3rd Georgia Regiment.
October 26 - Historian Gordon Jones discusses changes at the Atlanta History Center, including a new home for the Cyclorama painting. Gordon is the author of the magnificent new book Confederate Odyssey.
May 25 - Daniel Cone tells the story of the last regiment organized in the state of Georgia.
2016 Guest Speakers

January 25 - Retired artillery officer 
John C. Whatley spoke about his 
series of books on the Typical 
Confederate Soldier.

February 22 - Bonnie Harris is the author of The Confederate Hospitals of Madison, Georgia 1861-1865. Four Confederate hospitals were located in Madison, Georgia, a town useful for its rail connection, good water, and suitable buildings. 

March 28 - Author and SCV Member   
Joe Byrd discusses the life of Major 
William E. Simmons in his new book 
Confederate Sharpshooter.  Joe did 
much of the research for his book at
the Bell Research Center.

April 25 - Camp Member Gerald Sanders will give a 
presentation on the Battle of Allatoona Pass in the fall of 1864.

May 23 - Historian Bill Bowers is the author of excellent regimental histories on the 27th, 47th, 54th Georgia Infantries.

June 27 - Amanda Warren, Bonnie Blue 
Brianna, and Confederate Chloe present 
"Surrender: A Musical Retrospective of 
the Civil War in the West.”

July 25 - Roswell SCV member Billy Summerhill will discuss
the "Typical Southern Cavalryman."

August 22 - Former Camp Commanders Cliff Roberts and Frank Clark discuss the controversy over the capture of the DeGress Battery during the Battle of Atlanta. Their book on Colonel Lovick P. Thomas and the 42nd Georgia is nearing completion.

September 26 - H. Steve Abernathy will be discussing “Little Known Facts of the Civil War” 

October 24 - David Mitchell of the Mitchell Foundation will be using photographs from the William Lamar Cawthon Collection to describe Antebellum Mansions in the Jones and Hancock County areas of Georgia.

November 23 - Former Camp Commander Mike McAlpin examins the historical accuracy of what is portrayed in the Academy Award-winning movie Glory.