About the Sons of Confederate Veterans
l. What is the Sons of Confederate Veterans?
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, VA in 1896, the SCV continues to serye as a historical, patriotic, and non-political organization dedicated to insuring that a true history of the war for southern independence is preserved. The SCV works in conjunction with other historical groups to preserve Confederate history. The SCV rejects any group whose actions tarnish or distort the image of the Confederate soldier or his reasons for going to war.
The SCV is an organization dedicated to preserving the history & legacy of the Confederate soldiers who fought for their rights as defined by the Constitution. These soldiers personify the best qualities of America. We do this so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the southern cause.
2. What does the Sons of Confedetate Veterans do?
The SCV has ongoing progams at the local, state, and national levels which offer members a wide range of activities. Preservation work, marking Confederate soldiers’ graves, historical reenactments, erections of monuments, scholarly publications and, regular meetings to discuss the military and political history of the war for southem independence. These are only a few of the activities sponsored by local units known as Camps.
3. Why is the effort of the Sons of Confederate Veterans important?
The efforts of the SCV is important because the memory and reputation of the Confederate soldier, as well as the motives for his suffering and sacrifice, are being consciously distorted by many in an attempt to alter history. Unless the descendants of Southem soldiers resist those efforts, a unique part of our nations’ cultural heritage will cease to exist.
4. How can I join the Sons of Confederate Veterans?
Membership in the SCV is open to all male descendants of Confederate soldiers or officials who served honorably for the Confederate cause. Membership can be obtained through either direct or collateral family lines. This lineage must be documented. The SCV has a network of genealogists ready to assist you in tracing your ancestors Confederate service. The minimum age to join is 12 however, there is no minimum age for Cadet membership. Applications can be processed through your local Camp or by contacting International Headquarters at 1-800-MY-SOUTH.