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 1986, 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
Salute to the Confederate Flag
I salute the Confederate Flag with Affection, Reverance and Undying Devotion to the cause for which it stands.
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.
Historical Flag Facts
The Congress of the Confederate States of America (CSA) adopted it's new flag soon after convening in March, 1861. The design they chose drew from the heraldic symbols of the flag of the United States. Their political intent was to show that it was the CSA who truly held to the original principles of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution created by the founding fathers and that it was the United States which had departed from these principles. Thus, on March 4, 1861, the new flag was adopted. It was commonly known as the Stars and Bars, owing to the circle of stars and three large lateral bars.
This new design soon presented a very serious problem. After the invasion of the South by Northern forces, a fierce battle took place between the town of Manassas and Bull Run creek in Virginia. During this battle, soldiers from both sides were confused by the similarities between the flags of the CSA and the USA. This led to needless casualties. Although the Confederacy defeated the US forces in this first battle of the bloody War for Southern Independence, the Southern commander, General P.G.T. Beauregard demanded a new banner be used on the field of battle
1st National Flag (Stars and Bars)
March 4, 1861 to May 1, 1863 A Virginia unit was soon noticed carrying a flag which was an adaptation of the Scottish Cross of Saint Andrew. General Beauregard relized that this flag would be quite distict from the USA flag. He ordered that the flag be adopted as the official battle flag of his Southern armies. It is known as the "Battle Flag".
Confederate Battle Flag
The Stars & Bars flew over public buildings and events until 1863. By then, sentimental feelings for the USA were declining while national pride in the tenacity of the South's superior military forces was at an all time high. In recognition of Confederate military achievement, the Battle Flag was officially made part of the National Flag of the Confederacy on May 1, 1863. The flag was pure white with the Battle Flag prominently displayed in the upper left corner. It was named the "Stainless Banner" due to the purity of the Southern struggle for independence.
2nd National Flag (Stainless Banner)
May 1, 1863 to March 4, 1865 Soon, this flag too presented problems for the Southern forces in the field. The rectangular shape coupled with the use of heavy cotton made this flag hang in such a way as to almost hide the Confederate flag in the upper corner. In several instances, this flag was mistaken for an all white flag of truce. 3rd or Current National Flag March 4, 1865 to Present So, on March 4, 1865, a red vertical bar was added to the end of the flag. This design became the final and present Confederate national flag often referred to as the Third National Flag.
Third National Flag
In addition to the national flags, a wide variety of flags and banners were flown by Southerners during the War. Most famously, the "Bonnie Blue Flag" was used as an unofficial flag during the early months of 1861. It was flying above the Confederate batteries that first opened fire on Fort Sumter, beginning the Civil War.
Bonnie Blue Flag