About Us

The Sons of Confederate Veterans

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 a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.

The SCV has ongoing programs at the local, state, and national levels which offer members a wide range of activities. Preservation work, marking Confederate soldier's graves, historical re-enactments, scholarly publications, and regular meetings to discuss the military and political history of the War for Southern Independence are a few of the activities sponsored by local units, called camps.

The SCV works in conjunction with other historical groups to preserve Confederate history. However, it is not affiliated with any other group other than the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, composed of male descendants of the Confederate Officers Corps. The SCV rejects any group whose actions tarnish or distort the image of the Confederate soldier or his reasons for fighting.

National Sons of Confederate Veterans

Nationally, the SCV is governed by its members acting through delegates to the annual convention. The General Executive Council, composed of elected and appointed officers, conducts the organization's business between conventions. The administrative work of the SCV is conducted at the national headquarters, 'Elm Springs,' a restored ante-bellum home at Columbia, Tennessee.

To link to the national SCV website, please click here: www.scv.org

South Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans

All state organizations, known as Divisions, hold annual conventions, and many publish regular newsletters to the membership dealing with statewide issues. Each Division has a corps of officers elected by the membership who coordinate the work of camps and the national organization.

To link to the website of the South Carolina Division of the SCV, please click here: www.scscv.com

Greenville Sons of Confederate Veterans

Within the Greenville, SC, community, Camp 36 is the local SCV organization. Camp 36 has regular monthly meetings and its members participate in events throughout the year such as a Lee-Jackson dinner, Confederate Memorial Day, and local re-enactments. Please refer to our Upcoming Events page for a schedule of these and other related events.

In addition, Camp 36 founded the Museum and Library of Confederate History in Greenville, SC. Camp 36 also sponsors the 16th South Carolina Color Guard of Honor, which is a color guard that performs at local events. Follow the links below to find out more about each of these organizations

Museum and Library of Confederate History

16th South Carolina Color Guard of Honor

For more information about Camp 36 or to contact us, please refer to Contact Camp 36.

Policy on Hate Groups

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is not a hate group. Camp 36 Sons of Confederate Veterans does not knowingly allow anyone with ties to hate groups and will remove anyone from its ranks who expresses racist sentiments. Specifically, the following is not allowed and will be grounds for immediate dismissal:

  • Attempting to recruit fellow SCV members for racist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, American Nazi Party or National Alliance. 
  • Membership in any racist organization such as the Ku Klux Klan, American Nazi Party or National Alliance. 
  • Disseminating racist literature to fellow SCV members by mail or in person. 
  • Membership in any organization promoting a violent overthrow of the United States government.

Loving the South and defending its culture, symbols, and heritage DOES NOT MEAN HATE. In fact, many SCV members are descendants of black, Catholic, Jewish, Hispanic, American Indian and Asian Confederates. These group's contributions to Southern culture have made the South a beautiful and unique region. To deny their descendants membership in our organization would betray our principles and the very ancestors we honor. We welcome all descendants of Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines or those who materially aided the South in its struggle for independence.