"To you Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit the vindication of the cause for which we fought; to your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldiers' good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles he loved and 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, 1906
About The Charge
The Charge is the mission statement for the Sons of Confederate Veterans as assigned by General Stephen Dill Lee, speaking on behalf of the United Confederate Veterans, to pass the torch to succeeding generations. By the beginning of the 20th century, the Confederate veterans were crossing the river at an alarming rate and the senior veterans knew it was time to formalize the assignment. The SCV was formed in 1896.
Every activity of the Camp is aimed at fulfilling our commitment to preserve the true history of the south and the southern soldier for presentation to, and understanding by, future generations.
SCV Statement of Purpose
We, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, having been commissioned by the Confederate Veterans themselves, retain our responsibility and right to adhere to the founding principles of the United States of America remembering the bravery, defending the honor and protecting the memory of our beloved Confederate Veterans, which includes their memorials, images, symbols, monuments and grave sites for ourselves and future generations.
"All that was, or is now, desired is that error and injustice be excluded from the text books of the schools and from the literature brought into our homes; that the truth be told, without exaggeration and without omission, truth for its own sake and for the sake of honest history, and that the generations to come after us not be left to bear the burden of shame and dishonor unrighteously laid upon the name of their noble sires."
---Rev. James P. Smith, Staff of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, C.S.A.