“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. Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations.”
–Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General,
United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906.
The citizen-soldiers 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 fight the Second American Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built.
Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes, so future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.
The SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendents 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.
- Patrick G. McCullough
Mr. McCullough is the Fourth Great Grandson of First Sergeant Thomas A. McCullough of Coweta County, Georgia, who served with the Fourth Georgia Cavalry, Co. H. He entered service in December of 1862, was shot and captured in Stephenson, Alabama while en route to the Battle of Chickamauga in September of 1863, and spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner at Rock Island Prison Camp.
- John Francis Vance Cupschalk
Mr. Cupschalk is the great great grandson of Joseph Norment Willis of Henrico County, Virginia, who served as a Private in Co. F, 21st Virginia Infantry.
- Dr. Michael Kogan
The Sons of Confederate Veterans consists of over 30,000 members, divided up into hundreds of local camps that meet regularly to focus on Southern preservation efforts in their communities, honoring their Rebel forebears, enjoying presentations on varied topics of Southern Culture and the War for Southern Independence, and sharing good company.
The New York City Area is served by the Archibald Gracie Camp, #985. At well over one hundred years old, it is one of the oldest Sons of Confederate Veterans Camps in the country and holds the distinction of having, from 1951 through 1953, one of its own members, Judge William M. Beard, lead the national Sons of Confederate Veterans organization as Commander-in-Chief.
The fact that such an historic camp should exist in New York City may seem odd, but New York City and Dixie, before, during, and after the War, shared some very close ties. From Wall Street's deep interest in Southern cotton, to the common appreciation of local autonomy, New York was a truly Southern-friendly city, and thousands of Southerners flocked there from the horrors of the Federal Military Occupation of the South that terrorized the region in the years following the end of the War.
And much as the foreign immigrants of today, Expatriate Southerners of the era felt a tremendous need to keep the rich legacy of their heritage and culture alive in their descendents. As a result, through most of the twentieth century, New York City claimed no fewer than thirty Southern Organizations, including the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Kentucky Club, the New-York Southern Society, the Association of Southern Democrats, and the Dixie Society. However, as the century progressed, and some segments of the South became battlegrounds of the era's culture wars, the South itself became widely disdained. Today, the Archibald Gracie Camp is the last organization in the City devoted to Southern Heritage. It is comprised of both the descendents of those Southerners who flocked to New York City following the War, as well as recent transplants.
All inquiries can be directed to:
Patrick G. McCullough
Archibald Gracie Camp #985
Sons of Confederate Veterans