Brig. Gen. Roswell S. Ripley

Camp 1535

Columbus, Ohio



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                John R. McAlister

                        Commander 2013-2015

Thank you for visiting the Brigadier General Roswell S. Ripley Camp 1535 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  I hope you will take a moment to view the features of our website.  In so doing I hope that you come away with an appreciation for all that the Sons of Confederate Veterans does in preserving the legacy and heritage of the Confederate soldiers who fought honorably during the War Between the States (1861-1865).  Our camp's namesake fought the war as a Confederate general, but was born in Worthington, Ohio.  His service exemplifies the notion that fighting for what you believe in is never a lost cause.

Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.


Commander's Comments 




The success of a camp comes from the bottom up, not the top down.  In that respect we have a very successful camp.  My thanks this year to all who have participated to make it a success with a special thanks to Steve Steele who puts in diligent work as our Treasurer and Adjutant.  Thanks too to Jeff Yoest who puts out this newsletter.  With every person in the camp contributing in some small way those actions make an overall big impact. 


If you haven't already, please check out the front page of our camp's website.  Our camp is listed at  There you will see the update on the founding our our camp and the write-up provided by Chet Bennett.  Thanks, Chet.  If you haven't seen the work that Dennis Ranney has done on Camp Chase, be sure to click on the Camp Chase link while you're there.


I hope all who can attend will be the the Camp Chase Ceremony on May 27th at 2 PM.  Thalnks to the 5th Kentucky who will be there as Honor Guard.


The Donatos Pizza near Polaris seems to be a good venue so far so we will continue to meet there.  However, I agree with Bob Croye that we need to have a meeting in Worthington in 2014.  Since we are hosting the Ohio Division Convention in March, I think the library would be a great venue and we can arrange lunch nearby as we did in 2005.  Plus, we're close to the memorial plaque at the Ripley House.  In case you forgot about that, check the link at


I think for our camp to grow, we have to have more publicity to let people know we exist.  I would like to have a discussion at our meeting in September of ideas  on how to attract new members.  I am contacting a person who spoke at the Reunion last year in Murfreesboro, TN who is a SCV resource for camp development and I will have some of his ideas presented at the September meeting.  I also encourage you to subscribe to the SCV Telegraph.  You can sigh up at 


Bob Croye had mentioned the possibility of having a picnic during the summer for our camp.  There are 14 weekends during June, July and August - that's 28 days of Saturdays and Sundays.  If someone is interested in organizing a picnic, please contact me and we can put it on the calendar.  I have a mean recipie for Rancho Beans.


Have a good summer.  I will keep in touch the rest of the summer with some periodic emails.