Information on the Sons of Confederate Veterans
The 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.
The 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
Proof of kinship to a Confederate soldier can take many forms.
The easiest method is to 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.
The SCV has a network of genealogists to assist you in tracing
you ancestor's Confederate service.
The 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.
All state organization, 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 ante-bellum home at Columbia, Tennessee.
In 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.
The 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 group whose actions tarnish or distort
the image of the Confederate soldier or his reasons for fighting.
If 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.
To Join, call 1-800-MY-DIXIE