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Local SCV camp passes on grave-finding technique to next generation


One of the objectives for the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ McLeod Moring Camp No. 1386 is finding and restoring old graves. With wholesome intentions and elbow grease, the group has restored countless historic graveyards in the Emanuel area over time as a way to remember the lives of the buried. Now, that tradition—finding and restoring burial sites—will be able to live on, thanks to the efforts of a teaching event held two weeks ago.

On August 14, the local SCV camp, with the help of the Order of Confederate Roses’ Heritage Ros Chapter No. 15 of Emanuel County, held a “grave-finding adventure.” Sixteen people gathered for a few hours and learned how to use dowsing rods to find unmarked graves.

Buffy Hill, president of the local OCR chapter, says dowsing is a dated but reliable technique that has been used for centuries, dating back to the ancient Egyptians and the Chinese. Over the years, dowsing has been used to find coal deposits and water underground.

Instruction during the event, she added, was led by David Love, historian for the McLeod Morning Camp. The event itself was organized by Jenny Williams, vice president of the Heritage Roses. (Williams also serves as the State Rose Bud Director for the OCR.)

Attendees included B. Daryl Hill, David Love, Jenny Williams, Brittany White, Kaydn White, Brody White, Charity Lowe, JR Lowe, Waylon Lowe, Kim Walls, Tessa Walls, Shelby Bryan, Brayln Moore, Rachel Compton, Dale Webb, and Terri Hutcheson.

Below are pictures from the event.

The OCR has membership opportunities for boys and girls 12 and under, and the SCV offers programs for young men ages 0 to 11 cadets with full membership eligibility becoming available at age 12. Both organizations promote learning southern history and honoring soldiers who fought in the war. For more information about this event, the organizations, or grave-finding, contact hill.buffy10@gmail.com.

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