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Governor notes the meaning of Ebenezer Creek water bottle
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Gov. Nathan Deal sent a letter to the Effingham CVB upon receiving a bottle of Ebenezer Creek water. - photo by Photo provided

Members of the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau visited the state Capitol on a day marked for tourism. Several of the elected officers of the state and members of both the House and Senate Economic Development Committee members were given a memento with a tag with information about the infamous “Incident at Ebenezer Creek.” These tags were signed personally by Reggie Loper, who is vice-chair of the county commission and also a member of the board of the CVB.

One of these mementoes, is a small bottle that holds authentic  Ebenezer  Creek water and a strip of bark from a cypress tree on the banks of the creek.  These mementoes will be available to the public at a later date.

The governor wrote: “What a pleasure it was to have representatives from the Effingham County Convention and Visitors Bureau at the State Capital this week. It was neat to receive the water and cypress tree bark from Ebenezer Creek. While the story of the ‘Incident at Ebenezer’ is a tragic one, I am reminded of the right history present in Effingham County and throughout South Georgia.  I appreciate your thinking of me and please do not hesitate to stay in contact with me on matters of importance to you. I extend my best wishes to you and everyone at the Effingham County Convention and Visitors Bureau.”

The CVB is currently working on a major project for the Camp Davis site, located next to Woodlawn Plantation on Highway 17 several miles north of Guyton. On May 12 the CVB will present for public attendance a re-enactment by Sons of Confederate Veterans as well as a number of related activities. This is the first in an annual series of public events as part of the nationwide 150th commemoration of the Civil War.

Camp Davis is spotlighted in this year because it was established as one of the three training camps established by the Confederacy in 1862. At the height of the activity of Camp Davis there were 5,000 troops being mustered into the Confederate forces.

The Camp Davis Re-enactment on May 12 will take place on the site of the training camp. There will be a number of SCV members participating in the event. Full details of the event will be publicized in the near future. Persons interested in these types of events are urged to mark their calendar now.

Other events and sites will be spotlighted in the next three years to complete the full four years of the Civil War Commemoration.