~ Are You
Descendant Of A Confederate Or Federal? ~
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!
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
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.
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.
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? ~
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
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:
Lt. Commander / Recruiting Officer
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:
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.
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.
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
Organized in 1881 and chartered by
Congress in 1954, we are the legal
successor to the Grand Army of the
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
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
are three (03) distinct types of membership in the
Sons of Confederate Veterans, including:
Life Membership In The Sons of Confederate Veterans
Annual Membership In The Sons of Confederate Veterans
Associate Membership In The Sons of Confederate Veterans
of three applications (above) require each applicant
to complete a "SCV Lineage Chart".
identified above, Gentlemen with Confederate Veteran
Ancestors (lineal or collateral) must document your
family genealogy between yourself and your
Confederate Veteran Ancestor.
easiest means for completing the initial
documentation is through
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.
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.
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.
keep in mind that your lineage tree efforts may
uncover more than one Confederate Veteran Ancestor!
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
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
(Member & Junior)
Hereditary membership is available to a male
descendant, 14 years of age (6 to 14 for
Juniors), who meets the following
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.
You must never have been convicted of
any infamous or heinous crime.
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
(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
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
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.
questions regarding eligibility or the
application can be directed to the Junior
Vice Commander-in-Chief at:
~ and ~
(The Application Contains The Genealogy Chart)
Sons of Confederate Veterans'
Applications and Lineage Charts
"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.
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.
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:
Commander, Department of Texas and Louisiana
I Do Not
Live In The Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Region
~ or ~
I Want To
Enroll In Another SCV Camp
Regardless of whether you choose to join Beauregard Camp
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:
Are You A Confederate
Veteran Descendant Living Overseas?
Do you live in Australia, Europe or Latin / South America?
Sons of Confederate Veterans "Divisions" established on the continents
Australian Confederates Camp
Camp Meeting Location:
SCV European Camp
South American Division
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