If we do not defend the principles entrusted to us by our ancestors, who will? If we do not advance the colors, who will?
Will you join us?
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 membership is 12.
Today, in Georgia, as in all the states of the former Confederate States of America, we find ourselves in a war for our American, Confederate and Southern culture and traditions. Not only is the honor of the Confederate soldier being impugned and his memory denigrated, but the principles for which he fought are maligned and defamed. For many years the SCV concentrated on commmemorations and quiet observances. While never neglecting this important part of our mission, in the 21st century we find ourselves at the forefront of another and more critical battle -- a battle for our very identity and for our very beliefs.
Ask youself the questions: 'If we do not defend the principles entrusted to us by our ancestors, who will? If we do not advance the colors, who will?' Will you join us?
The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Private David W. Payne Camp #1633 of Blairsville is here to serve the State of Georgia and make a real difference. Through a variety of programs -- local camp meetings, Reunions (national and state conventions,) marking of veteran's graves, an international Graves Registry, Confederate Memorial Day (still an official Georgia State Holiday,) educational initiatives, historical commemorations, heritage defense news, to legislative initiatives to insure that our monuments are protected and legal action to protect the rights of our citizens to express publicly their heritage -- we are advancing the colors. If you are a male aged 12 or older, a descendent of a Confederate Veteran, we ask you to consider membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Our heritage is still living, but under serious attack -- join us and help keep it alive and vibrant!
Applicants should submit an application form, along with a detailed genealogy describing your relationship to the veteran, and proof of 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.
If you would like more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans, contact:
Private David W. Payne Camp of Blairsville, Georgia
Sons of Confederate Veterans Web Site
1-800-MY-SOUTH, or 1-800-MY-DIXIE.
or write to:
Sons of Confederate Veterans
P.O. Box 59
Columbia, Tennessee 38402-0059