About the Sons of Confederate Veterans
The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is a hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate veterans. It was formed in 1896 as the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans and serves to preserve the history and legacy of the Confederate soldier. There are ongoing programs at the local, state and national levels in the form of preservation work, marking Confederate soldiers' graves, historical re-enactments, scholarly publications, and regular meetings to discuss the military and political history of the War Between the States (WBTS)
and the colorful and heroic men who fought it.
Membership is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces, and can be obtained through direct or collateral family lines which must be documented genealogically.
If you have a Confederate ancestor and wish to honor his memory through membership in the SCV, please contact our Commander or Adjutant for more information. Check the Meetings
tab for meeting location and times.
A computer fillable application form can be downloaded from the Membership
tab. We can help you find pertinent information about your ancestor.
Lt. Gen. John Clifford Pemberton Camp #1354
The Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton Camp #1354 is the Vicksburg, Mississippi unit of the SCV.
Our camp commemorates the service of Lt. Gen. John Clifford Pemberton (1814-1881), Commander of the Department of Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana and the Fortress of Vicksburg from October 1862 until the surrender of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863.
General Pemberton was of northern birth, graduated from West Point in 1837 and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th US Artillery. He saw action in the Second Seminole War in 1838 and the Mexican-American War in 1845-1847, where he distinguished himself and was brevetted captain. When the Southern states seceded, he resigned his commission and offered his services to the Confederacy.
Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans
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.
From the stirring speech delivered by Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General of the United Confederate Veterans at the New
Orleans, Louisiana, UCV Convention of 1906.
Download the full speech Here.