was SCV created?
- Sons of Confederate Veterans was
created in 1896 by Confederate veterans concerned that as they aged
and passed on, there should be someone to carry on the memory of
Confederate soldiers and sailors.
- To better understand the benevolent,
fraternal and heritage mission of SCV, please read the charge of Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee, given to
SCV at the 16th Annual Reunion of United
Confederate Veterans, New Orleans LA, April 1906.
What is SCV's mission?
- The SCV mission was stated in
the charge given by Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee at the New Orleans
UCV Reunion in 1906.
- "To you, Sons of Confederate
Veterans, we submit vindication of the Cause for which we fought.
To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate
soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation
of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles he loved
and which made him glorious and which you also cherish. Remember,
it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is
presented to future generations."
What activities does SCV participate
- We carry a positive and affirmative message of
Confederate heritage to the people of the Old Dominion, the South
and the Nation.
- SCV is non-partisan. We do not endorse politicians
or political parties.
- SCV has a strong heritage preservationist focus.
- Honor and provide care for the graves of
and monuments to the Confederate soldier and seaman as well
as caring for other Confederate sites.
- Display the Confederate flag and other Southern
symbols as a sign of honor to Confederate heritage and cultural
- Attend cultural events and hold parades
and rallies to honor Confederate veterans and keep their courage
and fidelity fresh in the public mind.
- When Confederate heritage comes under attack,
we must necessarily express our opinions in public by honorable means
- Writing well-stated letters concerning Confederate
heritage to media, elected representatives and business and
- Working with legislators to craft bills
that honor and protect Confederate heritage, monuments, graves,
battlefields and other historical artifacts.
- Working with elected officials to insure
that Confederate heritage receives equal treatment before the
How does one join SCV?
- Please click on the "Join
SCV" menu selection at left for more information on how
to join SCV.
- Membership in the Sons of Confederate
Veterans is open to all male descendants of veterans who served honorably
in the Confederate armed forces.
- Membership can be obtained
through either direct or collateral family lines
- Kinship to a veteran must
be documented genealogically.
- You will need you ancestor's
name, unit, state of service
- You will need information
about his honorable service: discharged, captured, wounded,
- Minimum age for membership is
How do I obtain an application?
- Application for membership is best
accomplished through a local SCV "camp" in your area. The
Virginia Division consists of over 70 camps located throughout the
- The Camps page lists points of contact, web sites, meeting locations,
- For more information contact the
Virginia Division Recruiting Chairman
- Genealogical help is available from
the Virginia Division Genealogist
many members in good standing does the Virginia Division currently have?
- The Virginia Division has approximately
3,287 SCV members in good standing in 2008.
How is the Virginia Division
- Our approximately 3,100 members
are organized into seven Brigades. Each Brigade is organized into Camps.
All SCV members are also members of a camp. There are approximately
80 camps in the Virginia Division.
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