The Sons of Confederate Veterans was founded in 1896, over a century ago, by J. E. B. Stuart, Jr., son of Confederate General J. E. B. Stuart, for the purpose of honoring the memory, valor, and sacrifices of the Confederate Soldier. Today the SCV is a worldwide organization with over 27,000 members and over 300 camps nationwide. As the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, the SCV is the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers.
Organized in Richmond, Virginia, in 1896, the SCV continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non-political organization dedicated to ensuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.
Membership in the SCV is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces. Membership is obtained through either direct or collateral family lines.
Members are proud to be Southerners and of their heritage. They are proud of the culture, grace, and elegance of the Old South. They love the Confederate flag and "Dixie" as stirring symbols of their heritage. They take pride in the earlier leading role the Old South played in the Revolutionary War, and the founding of the United States. SCV members love the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States and are proud to be Americans.
Likewise, SCV members abhor revisionist history and extremist groups whose public displays dishonor the Confederate flag.