"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."
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee,
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 War for Independence. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our republic and represent the foundation upon 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 patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth." Stonewall Jackson
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Florida Division, was chartered in 1898 with two camps. Camp Charles C. Hemming, No. 80 in Ocala was the first, followed by Camp Stonewall Jackson No. 83 in Jacksonville. A 1915 issue of Confederate Veteran Magazine lists 30 Florida Camps in good standing as of November 15,1914. The Camps ranged from No. 83, Stonewall Jackson, in Jacksonville to No. 781, Santa Rosa, in Milton. A 1935 Annual Convention program indicates that a joint UCV/SCV Florida Division Convention was held in Bradenton. In 1972 the Florida Division, SCV had shrunk to four Camps. Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Florida Division, Inc. is a vibrant, fast-growing, non-profit corporation, consisting of over 50 camps and more than 1,300 members throughout the state of Florida. The Florida Division is involved in numerous projects throughout the state, ranging from Confederate Gravesite location and preservation to conservation of the State's Confederate Flag Collection.
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 gravesites for ourselves and future generations.