The Laura Wesson Chapter 5 in High Point welcomes you to attend one of our meetings and join us in our goals to support the Lt. F.C. Frazier Camp 668. We meet during the men’s meeting following the buffet. Afterwards, we join the men for history from the guest speaker.
The goal of the Order of Confederate Rose is to support your Confederate Heritage and the activities of the Sons of Confederate Veterans on a local, state, and national level. The OCR assists the SCV by providing additional communications, promoting educational programs, organizing social functions, and supporting the activities of their associated camp. This unique organization allows each Chapter the freedom to support the individual needs of their SCV camp and their communities.
The Order of Confederate Rose was named in honor of Heroine Rose O’Neal Greenhow, a 40-year old widow and mother of four when the war broke out. Rose O’Neal Greenhow ran an elaborate spy ring from her home on 16th Street in Washington, D.C. during the war. “To this end I employed very capacity in which God has endowed me”, she wrote.
Rose kept almost daily contact with General PGT Beauregard. On the morning of July 10, he received a coded message: McDowell has certainly been ordered to advance on the 16th signed by R.O.G. The General now had the information he needed for a victory at Manassas. The U.S. War Department grew suspicious of Rose and she was arrested, spent 5 months in prison with her 8-year-old daughter. She was finally paroled and exiled South.
President Davis asked Rose to travel to Europe to campaign for support of the Confederacy. She wrote a book in conjunction with the royalists during her visit. She returned home laden with gold for the Confederacy, but she drowned off the coast of Wilmington. She was buried with full military honors with a Confederate flag draped over her coffin. She was buried at the Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The Laura Wesson Chapter 5 in High Point is part of the North Carolina Society in the Order of Confederate Rose. Our Chapter was named in honor of Heroine Laura Wesson who was traveling with her father from Virginia to Charleston when they stopped in High Point in 1865. She volunteered to stay in the “pest house” and was the only nurse caring for the soldiers suffering from a smallpox epidemic. Laura Wesson would eventually succumb to smallpox and died on May 7th 1865 at the early age of twenty. She was buried in Oakwood Cemetery and it was said her grave was marked with a stick with a note on it stating: “Fed the hungry, clothed the naked, nursed the sick and wounded.” There is one marker “In Memory of Laura Wesson 1845-1865” at the foot of the Confederate Monument in the cemetery where we have our annual Confederate Memorial Day service. In 1936 she was honored by her body being moved to a memorial circle at the entrance of the cemetery and another marker was dedicated by the UDC Laura Wesson Chapter in 1936.
Membership does not require a Confederate ancestor or relative in the Sons of Confederate Veterans – The only requirement to join the OCR is a desire to support our Confederate Heritage. The OCR does not compete with the United Daughters of the Confederacy or other genealogical organizations.
Please contact Chapter President Renee Honeycutt at 336-858-3439 or email Renee for more details