After the conclusion of the War Betweeen The States, many of the surviving veterans came together to for the United Confederate Veterans. As a result of this organization, today the Sons of Confederate Veterans carry on the legacy passed on to them by their forefathers.
Originally formed in Richmond in 1896, the SCV continues to serve as an educational, historical, patriotic, and cultural organization dedicated to insuring that the true and accurate story of the Confederate soldier and the Southern heritage that he so gallantly fought for, are preserved and passed on to future generations.
Today in the Old North State, as in all former States that comprised the Confederate States of America, we find ourselves once again in another unwanted and unwelcomed war. Today, not only is the honor of the Confederate soldier being attacked and his memory tarnished, but the very principles for which he fought are maligned and defamed. For many years the SCV concentrated on commemorations and quiet observances, and while we must never forget this important part of our mission, we now find ourselves in a battle to preserve our very identity.
Ask yourself this question, "If I don't defend the principles entrusted to us by our ancestors, who will? If we don't advance the colors for the cause that they so honorably fought, who will?"
In 1906, at a gathering of Confederate veterans and their sons in New Orleans, Lt. General Stephen D. Lee gave the following charge;
"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 priniples which he loved and which you love also, ansd those ideals which made him glorious and which we also cherish. Are you also ready to die for your country? Is your life worthy to be remembered along with theirs? Do you choose for yourself this greatness of soul? Not in the clamor of the crowded street. Not in the shouts and plaudits of the strong. But in ourselves are triumph and defeat...."
At Pettigrew Camp 1401, we uphold and adhere to this charge given to us by Lt. General Lee in 1906. We feel that it is as true today as it was on that day more than 100 years ago. Restoring, replacing, and maintaining monuments and grave markers, researching and studying the life of the Confederate soldier and the campaigns and battles he fought, educating our communities, as well as participating in local festivals and gatherings are just a few of the ways that we honor and preserve our Confederate ancestors and the proud heritage they left for us.
Monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Caldwell County Library, located on Hospital Ave. in Lenoir. Will you join us?