WHAT IS THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS?
The Sons of Confederate Veterans is an organization preserving the history and legacy of Confederate Heroes, so future generations may understand the motives that galvanized the Southern Cause. The SCV is the direct successor 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 ensuring 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. 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. A unique part of our nation's cultural heritage will cease to exist unless the descendants of Southern soldiers resist those efforts.
WHAT WE DO?
The SCV has ongoing programs at the local, state, and national levels.
Preservation work, marking Confederate soldier's graves, historical reenactments, 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 camps.
We also vigorously defend any and all attacks on our Confederate heritage.
"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the 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 which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish."
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee
United Confederate Veterans
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 25, 1906
SCV STANCE AGAINST RACISM AND HATRED
We members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans denounce the KKK and hate groups, as they have no right to use the honorable flag of our Confederate soldiers which included about 93,000 Blacks.
WHEREAS, the use of the Confederate Battle Flag by extremist political groups and individuals who seek to clothe themselves in respectability by misappropriating the banner under which our southern ancestors fought for a cause which was noble as much latter-day use is ignoble, and
WHEREAS, The Sons Of Confederate Veterans are the true inheritors of legacy and symbols for which the Confederate Veterans fought and died , and
WHEREAS,The Sons of Confederate Veterans does denounce the use of the Confederate Battle Flag and any other Confederate symbol by the Ku Klux Klan as the desecration of a symbol to which the Ku Klux Klan has no claim, and
WHEREAS, the misuse of the Confederate Battle Flag by any extremist group Or individual espousing political extremism and/or racial superiority degrades the Confederate Battle Flag and maligns the noble purpose of our ancestors who fought against extreme odds for what they believed was just, right, and constitutional, and
WHEREAS, the misuse of other flags and symbols of the Confederate States of America and the Confederate States Army, Navy, and Marines is similarly degrading. We condemn in the strongest terms possible the use of the Confederate Battle Flag or any other flag, symbol, seal, title, or name-bearing any relationship whatsoever to the Confederate States of America or the armed forces of that government by any such extremist group or individual, of whatever name or designation by which known, and
LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sons of Confederate Veterans does hereby condemn in the strongest terms possible the inappropriate uses of the Confederate Battle Flag or any other flag, seal, title to name-bearing any relationship whatsoever to the Confederate States of America or to the armed forces of the Government of the Confederate States of America by individuals or groups of individuals, organized or unorganized, who espouse political extremism or racial superiority.