Awards

Florida Legionnaire of the Year

 

This award is presented to the Legionnaire who has displayed meritorious service to the Florida Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

 

2015 Recipient:  Harvey Resnick

2018 Recipient:  Johnny McDaris

Scholarships

Captain John Jackson (J.J.) Dickison Award

 

2014 Recipient:  Daryl Ratterree, Lieutenant Commander, Central Region and Camp Commander, Dixie Defenders Camp #2086

 

Governor John Milton Award

 

2018 Recipient:  Daryl Ratterree, Lieutenant Commander, Central Region and Camp Commander, Dixie Defenders Camp #2086

 

Delity Powell Kelly Award

 

The Delity Powell Kelly Award is presented to one lady annually to honor their service to the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp within The Florida Division.  

 

Delity Powell Kelly was born 4 June 1851 in Apalachicola, Franklin County, Florida. She died at 88 years of age on 31 October 1939 in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida. She is buried in Saint Michael's Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida. 

 

A War Between The States Figure. When she was only 10, her father enlisted to serve in the Civil War, and her mother went along as a nurse. She too became a Nurse and ended up serving in Company "A" of Abells Light Artillery. Delity was an only child at the time, so she went along with her mother and also served as a nurse, tending to injured troops. She was captured and released, not once but twice during the war and was present at Appomattox at the end of the war. In 1931, she was the first woman in the state of Florida to be granted her pension, not a widow's pension, for her service in the Civil War by an act of the state legislature.

 

After being buried in an unmarked grave for almost 50 years, her descendants learned about this remarkable woman's service to her country when members of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans were looking for her burial site to honor her with a memorial headstone. A public memorial service was held in 1998 to honor Delity Powell Kelly, at which time her headstone was placed. A chapter of the Florida Society of the Order of the Confederate Rose is named after Delity.

 

At age 13 she became known as the Rebel Angel of Olustee for her compassionate work with the wounded of both sides following the February 1864 North Florida battle. The entire family worked at a makeshift Baldwin, Florida field hospital treating wounded soldiers and preparing them for transport to nearby Lake City. Delity witnessed amputations, suffering, and untimely death that many adults would not have had the stomach for.

 

2018 Recipient:  Betty Mikell

 

 

Clarence and Wally Patterson Scholarship Memorial Fund

 

The name of this scholarship fund is known as The Clarence and Wally Patterson Scholarship Memorial Fund. Clarence was the 1st Lieutenant Commander of Camp #2086 and his wonderful wife Walaheinda (known as "Ms. Wally") was very supportive of S.C.V. Camp #2086.

Unfortunately, we lost Clarence and Wally to cancer about six weeks apart. First Ms. Wally", then six weeks and one day later Mr. Clarence. Both were escorted back to their final resting place next to their relatives in LaBelle Cemetery located in Moorehaven, Florida.  As requested, both were given Confederate Grave Side Services. Thanks to 'Milton's Light Artillery Unit' for the Cannon Salute and to the "Major William A.Footman Camp #1950" in Fort Myers for the Riffle Salute and Color Guard. The Footman Camp was Clarence and Wally's original home camp.

 

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