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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Why was SCV created?

  • Sons of Confederate Veterans was created in 1896 by Confederate veterans concerned that as they aged and passed on, there should be someone to carry on the memory of Confederate soldiers and sailors.
  • To better understand the benevolent, fraternal and heritage mission of SCV, please read the charge of Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee, given to SCV at the 16th Annual Reunion of United Confederate Veterans, New Orleans LA, April 1906.

 What is SCV's mission?

  • The SCV mission was stated in the charge given by Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee at the New Orleans UCV Reunion in 1906.
    • "To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit 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."

 What activities does SCV participate in?

  • We carry a positive and affirmative message of Confederate heritage to the people of the Old Dominion, the South and the Nation.
    • SCV is non-partisan. We do not endorse politicians or political parties.
  • SCV has a strong heritage preservationist focus. We:
    • Honor and provide care for the graves of and monuments to the Confederate soldier and seaman as well as caring for other Confederate sites.
    • Display the Confederate flag and other Southern symbols as a sign of honor to Confederate heritage and cultural identity.
    • Attend cultural events and hold parades and rallies to honor Confederate veterans and keep their courage and fidelity fresh in the public mind.
  • When Confederate heritage comes under attack, we must necessarily express our opinions in public by honorable means such as:
    • Writing well-stated letters concerning Confederate heritage to media, elected representatives and business and community leaders.
    • Working with legislators to craft bills that honor and protect Confederate heritage, monuments, graves, battlefields and other historical artifacts.
    • Working with elected officials to insure that Confederate heritage receives equal treatment before the law.

 How does one join SCV?

  • Please click on the "Join SCV" menu selection at left for more information on how to join SCV.
  • Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of veterans who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces.
    • Membership can be obtained through either direct or collateral family lines
    • Kinship to a veteran must be documented genealogically.
    • You will need you ancestor's name, unit, state of service
    • You will need information about his honorable service: discharged, captured, wounded, killed.
  • Minimum age for membership is 12.

 How do I obtain an application?

  • Application for membership is best accomplished through a local SCV "camp" in your area. The Virginia Division consists of over 70 camps located throughout the Old Dominion.
    • The Camps page lists points of contact, web sites, meeting locations, times, etc.
  • For more information contact the Virginia Division Recruiting Chairman
    • Thomas Blanks, P.O. Box 6 Evington, VA 24550 Phone: 434-369-7399
  • Genealogical help is available from the Virginia Division Genealogist

 How many members in good standing does the Virginia Division currently have?

  • The Virginia Division has approximately 3,287 SCV members in good standing in 2008.

 How is the Virginia Division organized?

  • Our approximately 3,100 members are organized into seven Brigades. Each Brigade is organized into Camps. All SCV members are also members of a camp. There are approximately 80 camps in the Virginia Division.

 Does SCV have a privacy policy statement?

  • Yes. SCV's privacy policy is stated at the bottom of the home page.


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