Who are the Sons of Confederate Veterans?
citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best
qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the
motivating factor in the South's decision to fight the Second American
Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored
their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes
are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation
on which this nation was built.
Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy
of these heroes, so future generations can understand the motives that
animated the Southern Cause.
SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest
hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers.
Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the SCV continues to serve as a
historical, patriotic, and non-political organization dedicated to insuring
that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.
Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all male
descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed
forces. Membership can be obtained through either direct or collateral
family lines and kinship to a veteran must be documented genealogically. The
minimum age for membership is 12.
obtain proof of his service, contact the archives of the state from which
the soldier fought and obtain a copy of the veteran's military service
record. All Southern state's archives have microfilm records of the soldiers
who fought from that state, and a copy of the information can be obtained
for a nominal fee. In addition, the former Confederate states awarded
pensions to veterans and their widows. All of these records contain a wealth
of information that can be used to document military service.
SCV has a network of genealogists to assist you in tracing you ancestor's
SCV has ongoing programs at the local, state, and national levels which
offer members a wide range of activities. Preservation work, marking
Confederate soldier's graves, historical re-enactments, scholarly
publications, and regular meetings to discuss the military and political
history of the War Between the States are only a few of the activities
sponsored by local units, called camps.
state organizations, known as Divisions, hold annual conventions, and many
publish regular newsletters to the membership dealing with statewide issues.
Each Division has a corps of officers elected by the membership who
coordinate the work of camps and the national organization.
Nationally, the SCV is governed by its members acting through delegates to
the annual convention. The General Executive Council, composed of elected
and appointed officers, conducts the organization's business between
conventions. The administrative work of the SCV is conducted at the national
headquarters, 'Elm Springs,' a restored antebellum home at Columbia,
addition to the privilege of belonging to an organization devoted
exclusively to commemorating and honoring Confederate soldiers, members are
eligible for other benefits. Every member receives The Confederate Veteran,
the bi-monthly national magazine which contains in-depth articles on the war
along news affecting Southern heritage. The programs of the SCV range from
assistance to undergraduate students through the General Stand Watie
Scholarship to medical research grants given through the Brooks Fund.
National historical symposiums, reprinting of rare books and the erection of
monuments are just a few of the other projects endorsed by the SCV.
SCV works in conjunction with other historical groups to preserve
Confederate history. However, it is not affiliated with any other group
other than the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, composed of male
descendants of the Southern Officers Corps. The SCV rejects any groups whose
actions tarnish or distort the image of the Confederate soldier or his
reasons for fighting.
you are interested in perpetuating the ideals that motivated your
Confederate ancestor, the SCV needs you. The memory and reputation of the
Confederate soldier, as well as the motives for his suffering and sacrifice,
are being consciously distorted by some in an attempt to alter history.
Unless the descendants of Southern soldiers resist those efforts, a unique
part of our nations' cultural heritage will cease to exist.
you would like more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans and
Secession Camp 4, please contact one of our officers
Or write to:
Secession Camp 4
P.O. Box 12039
Charleston, South Carolina 29422