On behalf of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Florida Division and Dixie Defenders Camp 1861, we would like to welcome you to our website. By visiting us here, you have shown an interest in your Confederate history and we would like to assist you in your historical journey. Please note that we have changed our camp number to a very significant one.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans (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 ensuring that the history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.
We defend the right of millions of Americans to express themselves with pride, without harassment or discrimination, regarding their national origin including that which was derived from the former Confederate States of America. We believe Confederate heritage is one part of America's diversity which must be preserved. This includes educating the public about the ethnic diversity that existed in the Confederate ranks. Since Confederate veterans and their descendants include individuals from all races, we invite all male descendants regardless of skin color, ethnicity, and creed to join us in protecting the memory of the Confederate soldier.
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, speak with one of our officers, call 1-800-MY-SOUTH, or 1-800-MY-DIXIE. Or write to:
Sons of Confederate Veterans
P.O. Box 59
Columbia, Tennessee 38402-0059
Charge to the
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 soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history. The emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish."
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee,
United Confederate Veterans
New Orleans, Louisiana
25 April 1906
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Flag Salutes and Pledges
Confederate Flag Salute
"I salute the Confederate Flag with affection, reverence and undying devotion to the Cause for which it stands."
U.S. Pledge of Allegiance
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Flags of the Confederacy
The First Confederate Naval Jack, 1861–1863
The first national flag of the Confederate States of America called "The Stars and Bars" was designed by Nicola Marschall. First 7-star version was adopted on 4 March 1861 and the final 13-star version was adopted on 28 November 1861.
The second national flag of the Confederate States of America was designed by William T. Thompson and adopted on 1 May 1863.
Great Seal of the Confederate States
Great Seal depicted on the 1864 CSA $500 banknote
Early colorized version
Early engraving of the Great Seal
The Great Seal of the Confederate States was the official seal of the Confederate States was adopted on 30 April 1863. The seal features George Washington on horseback, in the same position as the 1858 Virginia Washington Monument, located adjacent to the Confederate Capitol in Richmond, Virginia. The bottom contains the national motto, Deo Vindice (variously translated as "Under God, Our Vindicator", "With God as Our Champion", "With God as Our Judge", and "Under the Guidance and Protection of God").