On July 24th, Robert “Michael’ Givens of Beaufort was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans during the 2010 National Reunion held in Anderson, SC. Beaufort’s Gen. Richard H. Anderson Camp # 47 SCV was originally chartered in Oct 1897 as a United Confederate Veterans Camp by local veterans Dr. H. M. Stuart, S.H. Rodgers, Editor of the one of Beaufort’s earlier news publications the Palmetto Post, Dr. A.P. Prioleau, J.M. Baker and William Elliott, Jr.
Given’s was instrumental in the rechartering of the Camp in Oct 1995 with the assistance of ten other Beaufortonians. The Camp’s roll now numbers 94 members of the SCV. Since those beginnings Givens has risen through the ranks of the SCV from Commander of the local Camp to South Carolina Division Commander, Army of Northern Virginia Commander and most recently as Lt. Commander-in-Chief of the National Organization over the previous two years.
Given’s is a Director/Cinematographer with extensive feature film and commercial production experience at both the national and international levels. He and wife Nicole and children Chandler and Olivia reside full time in Beaufort. Chandler Givens is also a member of the local SCV Camp and was an Aide-de-Camp to past Commander-in-Chief Charles McMichael during the national reunion week.
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