About the SCV

History and Founding

Founded July 1, 1896 in Richmond, Virginia, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is an historical, patriotic, and non-political organization, which is volunteer, non-profit, charitable, fraternal, benevolent, and educational. It was created as the hereditary legacy organization and successor to the United Confederate Veterans. First known as the United Sons of Confederate Veterans, it was chartered ″To encourage the preservation of history, perpetuate the hallowed memories of brave men, to assist in the observance of Memorial Day, and to perpetuate the record of the services of every Southern soldier.″ Its aims, objects, and purposes are ″not to create or foster, in any manner, any feeling against the North, but to hand down to posterity the story of the glory of the men who wore the gray.″ The first commander-in-chief elected was James Ewell Brown (J.E.B.) Stuart Jr.

Statement of Purpose

Having been commissioned by the Confederate Veterans themselves, the Sons of Confederate Veterans retain the responsibility and right to adhere to the founding principles of the United States of America, remembering the bravery, defending the honor and protecting the memory of our beloved Confederate Veterans, which includes their memorials, images, symbols, monuments, and grave sites for ourselves and future generations.

Objectives and Activities

The Sons of Confederate Veterans commemorates and honors Confederate Veterans, preserves and protects their legacy and history, while serving the community through patriotic education and service.

In carrying out its purpose, the Sons of Confederate Veterans honors the service, sacrifice, and commitment of Confederate Veterans by the observance of holidays; identifying, marking, and recording soldiers' graves; and observing the care and upkeep of memorials.

It preserves and perpetuates the history of Confederate Veterans and protects their memory and reputation through fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to members and all Americans; by holding meetings, reunions, commemorations, and celebrations; by preserving records and artifacts; and by raising funds for memorials, monuments, and graves.

Finally, the organization provides patriotic education and community service by teaching patriotism, service, and duty; abiding by and promoting the traits of honor, courage, and commitment; by providing educational presentations; by promoting American principles of good citizenship, patriotism, liberty, representative government, equal rights, and impartial justice; and by presenting awards through public recognition and acknowledgment.

Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans

“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, Commander General,
United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906