Through out American history a single star on a flag has represented a state of a group of people's independence or sovereignty.
One early example is the Bonnie Blue Flag which was first raised as the flag of the Republic of West Florida in Baton Rouge in 1810. Later Texas adopted the design in its War of Independence from Mexico. As Southern States began to assert their sovereignty in 1860 the single star was a common theme.
In Louisiana, when word reached Baton Rouge of South Carolina's secession, a new flag was raised on the Southern Rights Association Building amid the salutes of cannon.
It was a white flag with a red star in the middle adorned with the iconic Louisiana Pelican. It was this same flag that was brought into the chambers of the Louisiana Legislature when it voted to secede from the union. This flag was then paraded out of the building to the cheers of the assembled citizens. Thus, this flag is the Louisiana Secession Flag. Louisiana later adopted a different flag of the Republic of Louisiana. With the help of CiC Chuck McMichael, we have resurrected this design in a flag that will make folks take notice.
As voted on at our reunion in Hammond, the Louisiana Division is selling these flags as a Division fundraiser. They are 3x5 nylon, such as the ones you are selling in your camp store.
They are $10 each, email me about quantity discounts for camps. (shipping not included)
We will be selling these at Division events in the coming months, as well at National Reunion in Anderson, SC
You may remember a few years ago when we had a deal with Amazon where the SCV got a percentage of the money you spent there. Wouldn't it be nice to have places to shop where a portion of your money goes to support the SCV? Now you have that place, a whole mall in fact. A mall with hundreds of stores where each purchase helps the SCV. There you will find all the big name stores that you may already order from. Also there are discounts and coupons available.
We now have the SCV on-line Mall. We have partnered with an organization called
We-Care.Their motto is Shop with Purpose. Well we certainly have a purpose! The link is:
Of course this can only be a successful venture if we use it. Please immediately book mark that page. For those who might forget to go there before shopping, you can download a reminder, so that if you go to, for example eBay or Amazon, a box will pop up that asked is you want a portion to got to the SCV, you will of course say yes! You can find the reminder program under the Downloads tab on the Mall page or go to :
Please go check this out and spread the word. Anyone can shop there! Send the links to all your friends and family. Use it for business purchases. Put in on your social networking sites like facebook. Make it a part of your signature on your emails. Put the link on your personal webpage. Above I have placed a web banner that you can attach the link to. I ask all SCV webmasters to put it on their sites. Notice that I have not used the SCV logo on the banner, that way any of our friends, like the UDC or OCR, can place it on their sites as well!
I truly believe this program will benefit us greatly. Be sure to forward this email to your contacts, and place this information in your newsletters. I hope you all enjoy using this service and I appreciate your efforts.
The time has come for us to step up our efforts toward the building of our Confederate Museum and new office building. At the GEC meeting on July 21, 2010 the GEC approved a new initiative to raise funds. There are three levels of donations/contributions. Each contributor will receive a pin designating him/her as a Founder of the Confederate Museum. Also there will be a list of names in the Museum of all Founders. This can be a plaque on the wall or even names inscribed in brick depending on the construction design. Anyone can take part in this, and he or she does not have to be an SCV member. Camps, Divisions, UDC chapter, OCR groups may also participate.
Donations can be made in either lump sum or by payments over a period of time. There is a form which has been created for Founders to list precisely how they want their name, or ancestor’s name, listed which is included with this announcement. It is also available on the museum web site. To make payment by credit card, please contact GHQ at 1-800-380-1896 or mail the form with a check. The form can be found athttp://www.theconfederatemuseum.com/founder.pdf
Stonewall Jackson Level
Contributors who make a donation of at least $1,000 are eligible for this designation. If they are already a member of the Sesquicentennial Society that contribution will be taken into account and the minimum contribution for them to upgrade is $850. For some one who is not already a member they can get both the original Sesquicentennial Society membership and also the new Stonewall Jackson level for $1050 with the $50 dollars going to the Bicentennial Fund.
Robert E Lee Level
A contribution of at least $5,000 is required to achieve this designation. If the individual is not already a member of the Sesquicentennial Society it will be included as benefit of this level
Confederate Cabinet Level
A contribution of at least $10,000 is required to achieve this designation. If the individual is not already a member of the Sesquicentennial Society it will be included as benefit of this level
GHQ has acquired 20 special gavels. These gavels are made from historic wood taken from a dam at Fredericksburg VA which dates to the time of the WBTS. They are inscribed with the Sesquicentennial logo as well as a statement as to the wood’s origin and authenticity. The first 20 Camps or Divisions that contribute at the Stonewall Jackson level will receive one of these unique and valuable gavels.
This program got off to a resounding start at our recent annual General Reunion in Anderson South Carolina. Several members have already become Stonewall Jackson level Founders, and one Compatriot has even become a Confederate Cabinet level Founder. Imagine that during the Bicentennial of the War for Southern Independence that your descendants can go to a museum where they can learn the truth about the Confederacy in a facility where they can look at the wall of that museum and see your name and know that you had a part in building this magnificent facility where they and also the general public may learn the truth about our Confederate ancestors.