The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South's decision to fight the Second American Revolution.
The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built.
Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes, so future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.
In 1896, the Sons of Confederate Veterans was founded by the veterans and progeny of veterans who fought in the War Between the States. The Sons of Confederate Veterans was established as, and remains, an independent organization that supports the protection and preservation of Confederate heritage; therefore the SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans (UVC), and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendents of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896, 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.
The International Headquarters of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is the overall governing body of the organization.
The next level down are the Armies or Departments which include the Army of Virginia, Army of Tennessee and the Army of Trans-Mississippi
The state level organization of the SCV is called a Division. The Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans is the largest Division within the Confederation.
Within the state are smaller units called Brigades which cover several counties. The Georgia Division now consists of 13 Brigades to help organize the over 100 camps spread throughout the state. The map to the right can get you close to your area and then you can check the dropdowns to see exactly what brigade your county is in at the Georgia Division Website.
The Camp of course is the most important unit, your local hometown affiliate of the SCV. Some GA Division SCV Camp websites can be found at http://georgiascv.org/local_camp_web_page_links_2.php or you can contact any one of the Division or Brigade Officers to find out about a camp near you and how to join.
"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".