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.
On behalf of the Louisiana Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans I would like to welcome you to our website.  By visiting us here you have shown an interest in your Confederate history and we would like to assist you in your journey into your past. 
The citizen-soldier who took up arms in 1861 was just like most of us, a normal person who by right of his birth as an American decided that he had had enough of an intrusive federal government in his life. He, like his father and grandfather who fought in 1776, took to the battlefield to be free of being dominated by a government that was taking advantage of superior military might to make his life harder.  He was a soldier who arguably did more with less than any other group of men in the history of America.  These men are who we revere today.  Ordinary men who did extraordinary things in time of war simply, as one Southern soldier said when asked why he was fighting, “because you are here!”  Men who are besmirched by the ignorant and politically motivated on a daily basis.

Contained in this website you can find people, like you and me, who began their research by locating a local camp of the SCV to begin their research of an ancestor.  There are links to research for particular units and men who gave their all just to be left alone so that they could live as they liked in a free society.  You can also find links that will connect you to organizations specifically for women and children. 

The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is a premier historical and heritage organizations in the United States.  We are a non-political 501(C) non-profit organization dedicated solely to the education of the populace regarding the War for Southern Independence and the Confederate Soldier.  We were “charged” in 1896 by General Stephen D. Lee to keep the memory and good name of the Confederate soldier alive and that is what we strive to do.  Please delve further into our site and investigate your own history.  There are only two real requirements to joining the SCV.  You must be a male, age 12 or older, and you must be able to show lineage to someone who served the Confederate military honorably.  That’s it.  Contact any of the men listed in our directory and he will either help you himself or point you in the direction in which you need to proceed.
I am honored to serve as Louisiana Division Commander in an organization that has so much meaning to so many people.  Please continue your search into your history and join the SCV to keep history alive.
Thomas E. Taylor
Louisiana Division Commander
Sons of Confederate Veterans
taylor@lascv.com

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