I was born and raised in Charleston, SC on James Island. I have been a Camp Member since August 1999. I am a National, Division, and Camp Life Member.
I am on my 3rd term as the Camp’s 2nd Lt. Commander. I have been the Camp Highway Clean Up Chairman since the early 2000s, and the Camp Graves and Guardian Chairman since 2019.
I was awarded the Camp Compatriot of the Year Award for 2011 and 2019, the Camp White Star Award in 2012. I was also awarded the SCV Superior Achievement Award in 2008 and 2009 and the SCV Meritorious Service Medal in 2019.
I have either reenacted in or helped with the Confederate Heritage Trust’s Ghost walk at Magnolia Cemetery for many years.
I helped exhume the remains of the soldiers and sailors at Johnson Hagood Stadium and the reinternment at Magnolia Cemetery.
I am a Camp Guardian having located and marked the graves of two of my Confederate ancestors and am currently working on another ancestor buried in Florida.
I have worked with Camp 4 on our Division and National Reunions, Camp Bike Rides, highway and cemetery cleanups, and with the funeral and burial of the last Hunley crew and volunteered at the Hunley Lab.
I presently reside in Ravenel, SC with my wife Penny, and two dogs, Gully and Otis, and over a dozen box turtles.
1st Lt. Commander
1st Lieutenant Commander Sidney (Sid) H. Shingler, Jr., joined the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Secession Camp #4 in 2009, upon the record of his Great Great Grandfather, Private Emanual A. Shingler, Co. D, 2nd South Carolina Cavalry. Sid also has two ancestors who were signers of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession, William Pickney Shingler, and John M. Shingler. Sid is a past Judge Advocate for Secession Camp #4 and has served on numerous committees.
2nd Lt. Commander
I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama but now I reside in Hanahan, South Carolina. Honorably Discharged from USMC. I have been Happily Married for 11 years with a combined family of 4 children (2 bios) (2 Stepchildren) 6 grandchildren 4× great-grandfathers. I worked for Thomas Lyons of Park and Lyons Machine Shop who were the builders of the H.L. Hunley.
Rob Dillon is The Most Dangerous Mind in Charleston. A Scots Irish Presbyterian from the mountains of Virginia, an Eagle Scout with an Ivy League Ph.D., Rob accepted a professorship in genetics and evolutionary biology at the College of Charleston in 1983, where he was the least popular faculty member on campus for 33 years running before finally being fired and banned from campus for a Woodrow Wilson quote in 2016. Rob served as Quartermaster of Secession Camp #4 for three years before his 2024 election as Adjutant. He is perhaps best known as the host of “Dixie Dialogues,” the monthly interview show on our YouTube channel. Rob is the recipient of two meritorious service medals, one distinguished service medal, and one Compatriot of the Year recognition from the camp. Dixie Dialogues
Hello, I’m Paul Murray, Chaplain of Secession Camp #4. I was born and raised in the Charleston area and currently live in Hanahan with my wife, Carolyn Vaden Murray. We have 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. I graduated from Chicora High School and joined the Navy. After two years of service, I went to work for the Charleston Fire Department. I retired after 33 years with the CFD and I currently work for Stuhr Funeral Home. I am a member of Friendship Baptist Church in North Charleston. I have been a member of the SCV since 1983. I originally joined the Fort Sumter Camp #1269 and transferred to Secession Camp #4 in 2004. I believe in the importance of loving and serving God, family, and country. I am proud of my Southern heritage. God Bless Dixie!