Outmanned, out-gunned and out-supplied — but never out fought, Confederate soldiers wrote a proud chapter of independence, toughness, bravery, patriotism and Heritage of Honor in this nation’s history. The citizen-soldier 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 take up arms in defense of the homeland in America’s second revolution. The tenacity with which the Confederate soldier fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed them by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built.
The SCV is the oldest hereditary organization for male descendents of Confederate soldiers. Organized in Richmond, VA in 1896, their preamble read in part “to encourage the preservation of history, perpetuate the hallowed memories of brave men, to assist in the observance of memorial day and to perpetuate the record of the services of every southern soldier. It’s aims, objectives and purposes were not to create or foster in any manner any ill feelings against the North, but to hand down to posterity the story of the glory of the men who wore the grey”. The SCV continues to serve as a historical, educational, patriotic, non-racial and non-political organization dedicated to insuring a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.
Our Mission is summarized in the following words of two real Confederate veterans who actually fought in the conflict.
Charge to Sons of Confederate Veterans
“To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldiers’ good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you also love and to those ideals which made him glorious, and which you also cherish.”
Charge to the John M. Jordan Camp #581
“In the course of time the organization of Confederate Veterans will cease to exist, for the “‘Old boys who wore the gray’ are fast thinning out, and in thirty years more, nearly all will have crossed the river; and to their sons and grandsons must be committed for preservation, the old records and relics, and this trust we should gladly and willingly accept, as well as cultivate the ties of friendship that ought to exist between all whose ancestors have together shared the privations, dangers and sufferings of such a conflict as took place in the trying days of the war for Southern Independence.”
Today, the John M. Jordan Camp #581, Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and honorable legacy of these Confederate heroes so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.
presented by: W. B. “Bill” Crews, Past Commander, John M. Jordan Camp # 581