~ Are You Descendant Of A Confederate Or Federal? ~

Were your ancestors living in the United States of America before 1850?  Were one or more of your ancestors born in the United States between 1830 and 1845?  If so, it is highly likely that you are the descendant of a Confederate or Federal Soldier, Sailor or Marine!

Keep in mind that over 150 years separates the end of the War of 1861-1865 and YOU!  It is highly likely that many Americans today have ancestors that fought on both sides of the war.  We highly encourage you to enroll in BOTH organizations ~ Confederate and Federal ~ to celebrate your ancestors' service during the War.   Several of Beauregard Camp 130's Compatriots are also enrolled in the Department of Texas and Louisiana, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War!

It must be noted that organizations we mention here are dedicated to the preservation of the fact-based MILITARY history of the War of 1861-1865 ~ not in the economic, social or political aspects of life and government that existed during this period of time.  There are organizations that are dedicated to the preservation of non-military aspects of life and government as it existed between 1860 and 1865.

Education Programs Known As "Re-enactments"

Every year in any given state North and South of the Mason-Dixon Line ... the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) offer your family and you an exciting educational and entertainment experience unlike any other.  We delve into firsthand historic records and recreate "living history" ~ so that everyone who attends experiences life for your ancestors as it actually was 150+ years ago.

A re-enactment is a major undertaking ... months of planning, training and preparation goes into each and every event.  When the gates swing wide open and your family and you walk into the park, you also step back 150+ years into American Republic History.  The day's events are fulfilling!  Suttlers from all across our American Republic are there to show you everything from uniforms and accouterments to Gentle Ladies apparel patterns you can acquire to recreate 1860s-era "day dresses' and 'formal evening gowns'!  Step a few feet on through the "Suttlers' Camp" and you oft time will find "Civil War Photography" booths setup ~ sometimes you will even be able to buy ice cream and soda pop created 100% from original 1860s era formulas and preparation techniques.  As your day progresses, gentlemen and gentle ladies offer you the opportunity to step back 150+ years ago ~ to dance the dance steps your ancestors of the 1860s would have known all too well ... regardless of the fact that your ancestors may have lived in America OR Europe at that time.  These dance steps were the same ...

Throughout your day, you will also step into a gathering where Confederates and Federals will show you military skills of the 1860s ~ from the proper loading and firing of rifles and pistols to horsemanship even over to cannon firing.  At different points of the day, you may even happen onto a Federal or Confederate military band striking up a military march tune of the era. 

And then ... the main event arrives ...

Once again ~ across that deadly space separating Federal and Confederate ... the armies collide.  You are a living witness to the events that shaped American Republic History.  The uniforms are 100% authentic.  2 to 3 layers of "Number 21" wool can weigh up to 25 pounds alone ~ then add to that the soldier's field accouterments we wear ... from rifles and pistols to leather belts and holsters and cartridge boxes and (for Federals) leather backpacks ~ metal canteens wrapped in wool covers and other equipment ... a field soldier of the 1860s are weighed down by almost 50 pounds of "military" uniforms and equipment.  The Sun above is brutal, and humidity adds to the effort to fight a battle.

At Louisiana's annual Spring major re-enactment of the "Battles and Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana" ... the Federal Infantry and Cavalry that takes the field are the living descendants of Federal Army commands of New York, Illinois and Indiana ~ all of whom drove or flew a few thousand miles to be at Port Hudson, Louisiana, to relive their Federal Army ancestors fight!  Almost all of the Confederates at Port Hudson are the direct descendants of those who defended Port Hudson ... and kept open the final link that held Western Louisiana, Texas and the Confederate "Arizona Territory" connected to the "Eastern Confederacy".

This is one of the major endeavors of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War! Both organizations actively plan and host our annual "educational programs" that present audiences of all ages with "living history" through re-enactments of life in the Armies, Navies and Marine Corps of the War ...   And it's not just the battles; we also setup re-enactments of life in garrisons, in field encampments between battles, as well as educational presentations of specialized skills employed by officers and enlisted personnel throughout the war. 

Re-enactors do ~ as any given situation arises ~ don Confederate Gray or Federal Blue.  We do so in order to provide our audiences with the best possible experiences while being witnesses to battle re-enactments!  The skills required to re-enact Confederate and Federal military actions during a battle are the same ... as they were for our Confederate and Federal military ancestors over 150 years ago.  So do not be surprised if you attend Louisiana's major Spring re-enactment of the Battles and Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, and notice "Federal Artillerists" manning their guns there ~ and then ~ attend Louisiana's major Autumn re-enactment at Camp Moore ... and notice "Confederate Artillerists" manning the guns there. 

Both the SCV and the SUVCW want to guarantee that your education program experiences are complete, and if that means wearing either Federal Blue or Confederate Gray, we do so for your learning and entertainment experience during Louisiana's re-enacting events ... do keep in mind that this is not a uniquely Louisiana experience.  Re-enactors ~ in both Northern and Southern states ~ do so all of the time to ensure that your learning and entertainment experiences at ALL education program re-enactment events are as complete as is humanly possible.

I Have Confederate And Union Veteran Ancestors
~ Can I Join Both SCV And SUVCW? ~

Keep in mind that over 150 years separates the final surrender at the conclusion of the War of 1861-1865 ... and you!  After the war ended, many Union Sailors, Soldiers and Marines moved South of the Mason-Dixon Line, making a new life in the South.  Many former Confederate Sailors, Soldiers and Marines re-enlisted into the Armed Forces of the United States after the War ~ continuing their service to the reunified United States of America. 

This includes Pierre Gustave Toutant de Beauregard, who is appointed to the post-War reconstituted Louisiana State Militia as the Adjutant General.  His organization of the Louisiana State Militia is so effective and efficient that the United States Army adopts his Militia organization as a "blueprint" for all states militias.  The result is the birth of America's "Army National Guard"!

United States Army National Guard

Beauregard is commissioned as a Major General in the post-War United States Army Reserve and continues to serve both Louisiana and the United States Army for another decade ~ wearing U. S. "Army Blue" ~ until his final honorable military retirement.

It is highly likely that many Americans today have ancestors that fought on both sides of the war.  We highly encourage you to enroll in BOTH organizations ~ Confederate and Federal ~ to celebrate all of your ancestors' service during the War of 1861-1865.  

A few current Beauregard Camp 130's Compatriots are also enrolled in the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; Department of Texas and Louisiana!  And yes ~ they do don both Confederate Gray and Federal Blue during re-enactments as needed to fill in gaps in "the lines" during annual battlefield re-enactments here in Louisiana and in other states.

I Do Not Have Confederate or Union Veteran Ancestors
~ Can I Still Join? ~

If your ancestors came to America after the War of 1861-1865, you can still join one or both of our organizations through "Associate Membership" programs ~ giving you the opportunities to participate in our contemporary organizations' military history preservation programs as well as participating in our ongoing "living history" re-enacting educational programs!

We suggest that once you've decided to pursue membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans, among your first steps is contacting our Camp's Membership Team dedicated to assisting your efforts.  Our Membership Team can be reached via e-mail at:

2nd Lt. Commander / Recruiting Officer


Genealogy Officer


To learn specific information regarding membership in both the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the following information and links are provided:

~ Membership Information ~

Home Web Center

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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 that 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.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union.

Organized in 1881 and chartered by Congress in 1954, we are the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic.

When you join the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, you enter a network of more than 6,000 men who form lifelong bonds, honor their heroic ancestors, and promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism in their communities.

There are hereditary members, who trace their lineage to those who served honorably in the Civil War, and associate members, who do not have the requisite ancestry but wish to join the fraternity.


There are three (03) distinct types of membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans, including:

1. Life Membership In The Sons of Confederate Veterans

2. Annual Membership In The Sons of Confederate Veterans

3. Associate Membership In The Sons of Confederate Veterans

Two of three applications (above) require each applicant to complete a "SCV Lineage Chart". 

As identified above, Gentlemen with Confederate Veteran Ancestors (lineal or collateral) must document your family genealogy between yourself and your Confederate Veteran Ancestor.

The easiest means for completing the initial documentation is through Ancestry.Com.  Your effort should focus on your links through 3 to 5 generations backwards to Southern men born between 1830 to 1850 ~ during this period of time, the majority of Southerners reach the age of 16 by the last week of February, 1861 ~ when the first call to arms goes out from Montgomery, Alabama and the brand new Provisional Confederate States Congress.

The call to arms is sent out by the Confederate Congress; however, 90% of all Confederate Veterans serve in their State's Army or Militia.  Very few men are ever enlisted or commissioned into the national "Provisional Army of the Confederate States", the permanent Confederate States Navy, or the permanent Confederate States Marine Corps.

When you reach this point where you believe you have discovered your Confederate Veteran Ancestor, and you have a full name, birth date and birthplace ~ the next step is to contact that state's archive services first.  Each state maintains records of those Veterans who served in their State's Army / Militia during the war and the "character of service" of each veteran identified.

Also keep in mind that your lineage tree efforts may uncover more than one Confederate Veteran Ancestor!

While the Sons of Confederate Veterans grants membership based on one Confederate Veteran Ancestor, you CAN apply for membership based on more than one ancestor.  Each application filed requires additional SCV National Membership fees, and it is possible that each state's SCV Division and your membership camp MIGHT require an additional membership fee for each additional Confederate Veteran Ancestor.

Should you wish to ensure that each Confederate Veteran Ancestor is properly identified to you, check with the Camp's Recruiting Officer ~ the membership fees and process will be explained to you and how each camp (and the Camp's State SCV Division) addresses the filing of more than one application at the time of your filing you membership request.

Hereditary Membership
(Member & Junior)

Hereditary membership is available to a male descendant, 14 years of age (6 to 14 for Juniors), who meets the following requirements:

  1. You must directly descend from a Soldier, Sailor, Marine or member of the Revenue Cutter Service (or directly descend from a brother, sister, half-brother, or half-sister of such Soldier, etc.) who was regularly mustered and served honorably in, was honorably discharged from, or died in the service of, the Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Revenue Cutter Service of the United States of America or in such state regiments called to active service and was subject to the orders of United States general officers, between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865.
  2. You must never have been convicted of any infamous or heinous crime.
  3. You, or the ancestor through whom membership is claimed, must never have voluntarily borne arms against the government of the United States.

The Sons of Veterans Reserve (SVR) is the ceremonial uniformed military element of the SUVCW. The SVR consists of a General Staff and several military districts across the nation. The SVR is overseen by the National Military Affairs Committee of the SUVCW. SVR elements participate in ceremonies, parades, living history programs, and re-enactments. All Members and Associates are welcome to join the SVR; however, SVR membership is contingent upon maintaining SUVCW membership.

Associate Membership

Associate membership is available to men who do not have the ancestry to qualify for hereditary membership. Associate membership is available to any man who demonstrates a genuine interest in the Civil War and can subscribe to the purpose and objects of the SUVCW.

Although an Associate is not required to meet the lineage requirement of a Member, he is still subject to the second and third provisions of hereditary eligibility. An Associate may vote and hold any office except those of Commander-in-Chief, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief, Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief, National Secretary, National Treasurer and Commanding Officer of the Sons of Veterans Reserve. Associates may not exceed one-third of the total membership of the Camp at the time of election.

Further questions regarding eligibility or the application can be directed to the Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief at:

Required Membership Forms

Required Membership Forms

Life Member Application

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Annual Member Application

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Genealogy Lineage Chart

Suvcw Member Application

(The Application Contains The Genealogy Chart)

Completing Sons of Confederate Veterans'
Applications and Lineage Charts

The above "SUVCW Member Application" as well as the Sons of Confederate Veterans' "Annual Member Application" and "Genealogy Lineage Chart" are 'fillable' forms.  You must have installed to complete each of these forms.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Keep in mind that Adobe Acrobat Reader will NOT allow you to save your completed or partially-completed forms.  Once you complete each form, print the completed form and then contact our Camp's Membership Team to pursue the final steps towards SCV enrollment.

Direct Contact With The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
~ Department of Texas and Louisiana ~

If you want to submit your Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War application directly to the SUVCW, contact the Commander of the Department of Texas and Louisiana SUVCW at the follow contact sources:

Mailing Address

Phone Number

E-Mail Address

Charles Warren Sprague
Commander, Department of Texas and Louisiana
1406 Westglen Drive

Sachse, Texas 75048-2048

214.908.2171 C_Sprague@MSN.Com

I Do Not Live In The Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Region

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I Want To Enroll In Another SCV Camp

Regardless of whether you choose to join Beauregard Camp 130 or you live in another state ~ or another continent! ~ we can assist you with this also!  Click on the below link to find contact information for all Sons of Confederate Veterans Recruiting Officers:

Contact A SCV Recruiting Officer

Are You A Confederate Veteran Descendant Living Overseas?

Do you live in Australia, Europe or Latin / South America?

There are Sons of Confederate Veterans "Divisions" established on the continents as well:

Australian Division

Camp Name:
William Kenyon Australian Confederates Camp

Camp Meeting Location:
Brisbane, Queensland

European division

Camp Name:
SCV European Camp
Camp Meeting Location:
Munich, Germany

Web Center

Latin & South American Division

Camp Name:
Os Confederados Camp 1653
Camp Meeting Location:
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Web Center

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