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Virginia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans

Grand Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans, Virginia Department 1893

Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans

In 1896 with twenty-five Grand Camps of Sons on the roster, and over thousands Sons registered in the State of Virginia, the R. E. Lee sons camp of Richmond, believe it was time to organize as an independent organization. June 30, in the Richmond City Auditorium the Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans was organize. They also hope to get the other 28 independent camps in the State to sign on with them.


Virginia First Commander

Edwin Piper Cox

United Sons of Confederate Veterans

July 1, 1896, Virginia Confederate Sons and Robert E. Lee Camp #1 of Richmond, Virginia organized the National organization The United Sons of Confederate Veterans. The first logo was round. USCV was confusing to some, so in 1912 the word United was drop from the name.

    The SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the SCV continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non-political organization dedicated to insuring 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. 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 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, contact the archives of the state from which the soldier fought and obtain a copy of the veteran’s military service record. All Southern state’s archives have microfilm records of the soldiers who fought from that state, and a copy of the information can be obtained for a nominal fee. In addition, the former Confederate states awarded pensions to veterans and their widows. All of these records contain a wealth of information that can be used to document military service.

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

    The SCV has ongoing programs at the local, state, and national levels which offer members a wide range of activities. Preservation work, marking Confederate soldier’s graves, historical re-enactments, scholarly publications, and regular meetings to discuss the military and political history of the War Between the States are only a few of the activities sponsored by local units, called camps.

    All state organizations, known as Divisions, hold annual conventions, and many publish regular newsletters to the membership dealing with statewide issues. Each Division has a corps of officers elected by the membership who coordinate the work of camps and the national organization.

    Nationally, the SCV is governed by its members acting through delegates to the annual convention. The General Executive Council, composed of elected and appointed officers, conducts the organization’s business between conventions. The administrative work of the SCV is conducted at the national headquarters, ‘Elm Springs,’ a restored antebellum home at Columbia, Tennessee.

    In addition to the privilege of belonging to an organization devoted exclusively to commemorating and honoring Confederate soldiers, members are eligible for other benefits. Every member receives The Confederate Veteran, the bi-monthly national magazine which contains in-depth articles on the war along news affecting Southern heritage. The programs of the SCV range from assistance to undergraduate students through the General Stand Watie Scholarship to medical research grants given through the Brooks Fund. National historical symposiums, reprinting of rare books, and the erection of monuments are just a few of the other projects endorsed by the SCV.

The SCV works in conjunction with other historical groups to preserve Confederate history. However, it is not affiliated with any other group. The SCV rejects any group whose actions tarnish or distort the image of the Confederate soldier or his reasons for fighting.

    If you are interested in perpetuating the ideals that motivated your Confederate ancestor, the SCV needs you. The memory and reputation of the Confederate soldier, as well as the motives for his suffering and sacrifice, are being consciously distorted by some in an attempt to alter history. Unless the descendants of Southern soldiers resist those efforts, a unique part of our nations’ cultural heritage will cease to exist.

If you would like more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans, call 1-800-MY-SOUTH, or 1-800-MY-DIXIE.

First Sons of Confederate Veterans in Virginia

   1886, in Portsmouth, Virginia,  The Confederate Veteran Camp (Stonewall) welcome in to its membership the oldest son of  a deceased Veteran. By November of 1887 the numbers of Sons in the camp had increase to a size that a (subordinate) Junior Camp of Sons was formed. 

    December 7, 1887, it was officially the Junior Stonewall Camp of Sons of C.V. A circular letter was placed in the local paper for all sons of confederate veterans to signup. News spread fast throughout Virginia of the new son camp. Sons camps started showing up in cities around Virginia some of the first were Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Petersburg, Winchester, and Richmond. 

    In 1890, the Petersburg, and Richmond Sons asked the Grand Camp C. V. to organize as a group under their charter. The motion was table.

    In 1891, R. S. Chaw Camp of Sons noted the first meeting of the Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans over the Post Office in Fredericksburg with twenty camps in attendance.

    June 14, 1893, the R. E. Crew Camp of Fredericksburg recommended to the Grand Camp at the sixth annual reunion held in Portsmouth were it all started; that the son camps be  organize under the Grand Camp Charter. The next day the June 15, The Grand  Camp of  Sons of  Confederate Veterans was chartered.

   The name “United Sons of Confederate Veterans” was changed to “Sons of Confederate Veterans” at the Macon, Georgia, Convention in 1912.

   The 1912 redesigned logo is a square using the Army of Northern Virginia Flag with the Confederate Iron Cross.

 Sons of Confederate Veterans

Portsmouth, Virginia Junior Stonewall Camp 

Sons of Confederate Veterans

International Sons of Confederate Veterans

Our Ancestor may have been Out-Numbered, Out-Gunned, and Out-Supplied:

Today the organization is International

United Sons of Confederate Veterans First Commander

Captain James Ewell Brown Stuart II

Serviced in the Spanish American War 

Virginia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans 

First Independent Organization Ribbon

Sons of Confederate Veterans Virginia

United Sons of Confederate Veterans

1898 Badge

   At the 1898 U. S. C. V. reunion a beautiful badge is adopted and is to be worn by its member, the official description of which is as follows:

 Section 67: "the badge of the United Sons of confederate Veterans shall be a circular medallion three quarters of an inch in diameter; the rim a site enamel band one  eighth of an inch wide on face; the center field of gold, and slightly depressed, containing in relief the two battle flags of the Confederacy crossed; the fags properly enameled in colors; the words United Sons of Confederate Veterans’ to ape upon the rim in gold letters, in the order shown, and arranged in four equal divisions, formed by four ‘buckles’ or ornaments of blue enamel. The badge may be worn pendent by means of a red and white ribbon attached to a bar, bearing the name and number of the camp, and they shall be ordered thought the Commander-in-Chief.” 

    The price of the badge in 1898 was $1.50, and fifty cents additional for those desiring the bar and ribbon.

Sons of Confederate Veterans

1912 to Today Badge

PRICE LIST  (1912)

    Officer’s Badges with Top Bars for Camp, Brigade and Division Commanders and Adjutants, enameled in three colors, bronze, $3.00; 10-K solid gold, $15. Past commanders’. Commanders’ and Adjutants’ Bars, which can be attached to Members’ Badges, in enamel and bronze, $1.00; 10-K, 20 years’ guarantee, $2.

    Member’s Badge, enameled in three colors, bronze, $2; 10-K solid gold, $12.

    Service Bars, white enamel, each, $1.00. To be clasped o officers’ and members’ badges.

    Regulation Lapel Buttons, 10-K gold filled, $1 each; $10 per doz. 10-K solid gold, $3 each.

    All pendents lettered on reverse: “Members of ………........................…….  Camp, No. ………......….,

Sons of Confederate Veterans.”

    Each Camp, Brigade and Division should provide it officers with a complete set of these badges, and they should be worn at all meetings and official functions. When ordering officers’ badges,  designate whether for Camp, Brigade or Division

    The wearing of this official badge at all official gatherings will help the morale of your camp. Order now. 

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