What is SCV?

Sons of Confederate Veterans is a patriotic, historical, civic and benevolent organization designed to preserve the history and legacy of Southern heroes, so future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern cause.


The SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans. Organized at Richmond, Va., in 1896, the SCV continues to fulfill the charge given by Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee, then commander general of the United Confederate Veterans, who issued this challenge:


“To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit 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 he loved and which made him glorious and which you also cherish. Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations.”


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 full membership is twelve, but there is no minimum for Cadet membership.