N. B Forrest Camp #3  Chattanooga, Tennessee

This photo was taken at the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery during the setting of the tombstone of Pvt. Alfred J. Cash, Company D, 43rd Georgia Infantry. Camp members Larry Crawley (L)  and David Scott (R) assist Pvt. Cash's descendant, Fred Adolphus in setting the stone.

About N. B. Forrest Camp #3


in knowing more about the Sons of Confederate Veterans and N. B Forrest Camp 3.  A good way to start is by explaining about our beliefs and the way we operate.  Acquainting you with some of our By-Laws will assist in understanding the SCV and our Camp. Two Articles summarize our organization and charter:


To associate in one united, compact body of men of Confederate ancestry, and to cultivate, perpetuate and sanctify the ties of fraternity and friendship entailed thereby; to aid and encourage the history and achievement from Jamestown to this present era, constantly endeavoring to see that the events of the War Between the States and the heroic contributions of the Confederate soldiers are authentically and clearly written, and that all documents, relics and mementos produced and handed down by those active participants therein are properly treasured and preserved for posterity; to aid and assist in the erection of suitable and enduring monuments and memorials to all Southern valor, civil and military, wherever done and wherever found; to instill into our descendants a devotion to and reverence for the principles represented by the Confederate States of America, to the honor, glory and memory of our fathers who fought in that cause.

Lt. General Stephen D. Lee captured the essence of  this Article in the his Charge to the SCV

"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit the vindication of the cause for which we fought; to your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles he loved and which made him glorious and which you also cherish. Remember it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations."    


N. B. Forrest Camp #3 shall be strictly historical, fraternal, genealogical, benevolent, non-political and non-sectarian.
The second Article is a reflection of the character of people who are N. B. Forrest Camp 3.  We promote no political or religious agendas and do not tolerate those who do.  Our endeavors can be summed in "historical preservation and honor of heritage." We proudly display and honor the Confederate Flag, as it is both historical and a heritage, and the American Flag as we are all proud Americans and patriots.

 While each camp shares the same values, code of ethics and organization, each camp is free to pursue its own agenda in preserving Southern heritage and history.  N. B. Forrest Camp 3 has several on-going projects that support these goals.  The Camp normally meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the East Ridge Community Center  where goals, projects and programs of historical interest are conducted.  Some of the Camp's endeavors and current projects are listed below:

  • The Camp's primary project is caring for the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery (part of Citizen's Cemetery), located between 3rd Street and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Campus.  Preservation of the cemetery is shared with the local A. P. Stewart Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDA) and the City of Chattanooga.

  • Of equal important is the ritual of marking the graves of Confederate Soldiers.  The U. S. government will provide a tombstone with Confederate emblem to any descendant of a Confederate Soldier to mark his grave site. This Camp will place a tombstone for any Confederate Soldier, when requested, in any Confederate, private or public cemetery within reasonable driving distance of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Placement of a tombstone is a community event attended by relatives of the deceased soldier, local citizens and members of local SCV Camps.  The deceased soldier is honored by an eulogy, the playing of "Taps" and the firing of a 21-gun salute by SCV members in Confederate dress.  The photo to the right was made during a ceremony at the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery. 

To promote historical interest and knowledge, guest speakers are invited to Camp meeting.  Authors, historians and notables of historical knowledge of the Civil War period are frequent guests.  Programs of the era, offered locally by the Chattanooga and Chickamauga National Battlefield Park Service, Chattanooga Bicentennial Library and other civic groups, are often attended by the Camp.  A complete schedule of Camp activities can be found under the CALENDAR link.

The Camp offers genealogy assistance to those interested in membership but unsure of their Confederate ancestry.  Tools to help locate Civil War records are included on the Membership link.

Camp members are encouraged to attend Civil War battle reenactments and SCV reunions.  Several Camp members are reenactors.

N. B. Forrest Camp 3 is a benevolent organization that provides its services free of charge.  Consequently, one of the primary Camp functions is the generation of funds to support its historical projects.  One such method is the videoing of guest speaker programs and local historical Civil War events and offering them as quality DVD programming.  The Camp is also supported by member dues and the generous support of citizens who appreciate the historical efforts made by the SCV and N. B. Forrest Camp 3.  If you would like to support our Camp endeavors to preserve American history, please visit our link for HELP US.  Your support is graciously accepted and appreciated.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about our Camp, please feel free to communicate with us using the Contact Us link.


In the summer of 1937, members of the N. B. Forrest Camp of the United Confederate Veterans were photographed at the Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery near the Walker  Monument (L-to-R Unknown, Wm. Nixon, Capt. Stegall, Maj. Arthur Thomas, Unknown, L. W. Wilson, Unknown, Unknown, Latimer, Maj. E. M. Holmes, Capt. Hightower, Capt. Roberts and Maj. Platt).​

Two journalists, George Fort Milton of the "Chattanooga News" and S. A. Cunningham of the "Confederate Veteran", stand with a proud group by a marker at the Confederate Cemetery in Chattanooga.  Visits to the cemetery were a common practice for many years.   

Photo by W. H. Stokes December 4, 1913.​