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The Great Seal of the Confederacy


 Deo Vindice

    “God will Vindicate”

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How to join

The Sons of Confederate Veterans


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 lineal (you are a blood descendant of the veteran; grandson, great grandson, great great, ect) or collateral (you are not a direct descendant of the veteran but you share a common ancestor; great uncle, great great uncle, 3rd cousin, ect).  Family lines and kinship to a veteran must be documented genealogically.  The minimum age for full membership is 12, but there is no minimum for Cadet membership.


Applicants should submit an application form, along with a detailed genealogy describing your relationship to the veteran and proof of his service.


To obtain proof of his service, you can:

  1. •  Contact the state archives from which the soldier fought and obtain a copy of the veteran’s military service record.

  2. •  Check the states pension records of the veteran or his widow.

  3. •  Contact the Alabama state SCV genealogist Harold A. Bouldin at

  4. •  Or contact a local camp near you for help by checking out for a list of camps in your area.


Please note that finding someone listed in the Broadfoot Roster with the same name as your ancestor does not constitute proof (John Jones from Alabama).  You must use accepted standards of genealogical research to demonstrate that the two men are, in deed, the same.


The SCV has a network of genealogists to assist you in tracing your ancestor’s Confederate service. 

Membership Application Click Here


2.1. The Sons of Confederate Veterans, in furtherance of the Charge of Lieutenant General Stephen D. Lee, shall be strictly patriotic, historical, educational, fraternal, benevolent, non-political, non-racial and non- sectarian. The Sons of Confederate Veterans neither embraces, nor espouses acts or ideologies of racial and religious bigotry, and further, condemns the misuse of its sacred symbols and flag's in the conduct of same. Each member is expected to perform his full duty as a citizen according to his own conscience and understanding.
2.2. Nothing in this Constitution or Standing Orders shall be construed to abridge or prohibit the adoption or advocacy of positions that are concerned with the general welfare of Southern Heritage, the United States of America, its several States, or the national security thereof nor to abridge or prohibit the expressions of the mind of the Confederation in such matters by the adoption of resolutions or petitioning the government.
2.3. It is intended that the Sons of Confederate Veterans and all of its subdivisions shall have the status of a non-profit, tax-exempt entity under the laws of the United States, pursuant to Section 50 I of the Internal Revenue Code and as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This Constitution and Standing Orders shall be construed accordingly and all powers and activities of the Confederation shall be limited accordingly. Any reference in this Constitution or the Standing Orders to the Internal Revenue Code shall be considered references to the current Internal Revenue Code and to the corresponding provisions of any subsequent law of like tenor and effect.

2.4. The Sons of Confederate Veterans is not formed for pecuniary profit, and no part of the income or assets of the organization shall inure to the benefit of the officers except as permissible under law. No officer shall have any vested right, interest, or privilege in or to the assets, income, or property of the organization. In compliance with the foregoing, the Sons of Confederate Veterans may reimburse officers or members for reasonable expenses incurred in furtherance of the purposes set forth above.
2.5. The Sons of Confederate Veterans shall not participate in, nor intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. In compliance with the foregoing, the Sons of Confederate Veterans shall be authorized and empowered to host candidates for public office, or their official representatives, at meetings or special events in order to inquire into and ascertain their beliefs and principles as it may relate to the primary mission of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, primary that the Sons of Confederate Veterans shows no favoritism tcwards one political party over any other.

2.6. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution and the Standing Orders, this Confederation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the purposes of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
2. 7. The Sons of Confederate Veterans is the Chartering source of all Departments, Divisions, and Camps covered under this Constitution and Standing Orders; and all Divisions and Camp Constitutions shall be consistent with the Constitution and Standing Orders of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
2.8. The Sons of Confederate Veterans is the legal, genealogical, and spiritual successor to the United Confederate Veterans and the United Sons of Confederate Veterans.


Republic of Alabama

(Secession Flag)

Jan. 11, 1861


“St. Patricks Cross”

Alabama State Flag

Feb. 16, 1895

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Republic of West Florida

Sept. 23, 1810 - Oct 27, 1810

“The Bonnie Blue”

Mississippi Ordinance of Secession Flag,  Jan. 9, 1861

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“Stars and Bars”

First National March 4, 1861

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“Stainless Banner”

Second National

May 26, 1863 - May 4, 1865

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“Blood Stained Banner”

Third National

March 4, 1865

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1st Navy Jack”



“2nd Navy Jack”


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“Army N. Virginia

Battle Flag”

December 1861 - 1865

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Quotes by:   Thomas Jefferson


•When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

•My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

•The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.

•I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

•To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

•The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

•It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

•No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

•The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

•The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.

•Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

•Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.

•The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

•When people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.

•We in America do not have government by the majority.  We have government by the majority who participate.

•If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?

•The man, who reads nothing at all, is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

•Upon the alter of God I pledge eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

•I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.  If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by  deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks, will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

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