Membership Information of The Sons of Confederate
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
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.
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
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
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