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Archibald Gracie Camp #985
New York, N.Y.
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
The 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 principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals 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, April 25, 1906.
Welcome from the Commander

Welcome to scv.nyc, the official website of the Archibald Gracie Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans! Whether you are visiting out of curiosity, or a desire to support Confederate heritage in New York City, it is my hope that this website will help you find what you are looking for.

WHAT IS THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS?
The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is a society for male descendants of those who served honorably in the armed forces of the Confederate States of America. It is a very special organization, due to the fact that it was created by the Confederate Veterans themselves, in order to (as “The Charge” above states) “see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations.” This is an important distinction, and one we are awfully proud of. Many have attempted to tarnish the honor and aims of Confederates, but only we were authorized by the veterans themselves to speak on their behalf!

With over 30,000 members, the SCV operates on a local level through “camps” in towns and cities around the world. These camps hold meetings, host programs related to Confederate history, participate in parades and ceremonies, care for Confederate graves, and much more, with an aim towards educating themselves and the public about who the Confederate soldier was, and honoring their sacrifices in any way possible.

NEW YORK CITY?
People, even SCV members down south, are often shocked to learn that there is a camp in New York City. This is understandable, as New York City is certainly a northern city! But just as it does today, New York City has been attracting people from all over the world long before the War Between the States started, and Southerners have never been an exception! For one thing, the US Military Academy at West Point lies only a few miles to the north, and Lee and Jackson are but two Confederate heroes who spent time stationed in New York City.

Our camp is called the Archibald Gracie Camp, #985, in honor of General Archibald Gracie, a New Yorker whose ancestral home, Gracie Mansion, is now the official residence of the Mayor of New York City. At well over one hundred years old, it is one of the oldest Sons of Confederate Veterans Camps in the country, predating even the national organization! It also holds the distinction of having, from 1951 through 1953, one of its own members, Judge William M. Beard, led the national Sons of Confederate Veterans organization as Commander-in-Chief.

The camp was formed as a result of thousands of Southerners who fled to New York from the horrors of the Federal Military Occupation of the South that terrorized the region in the years following the end of the War.

And much as the foreign immigrants of today, Expatriate Southerners of the era felt a tremendous need to keep the rich legacy of their heritage and culture alive among their descendants. As a result, through most of the twentieth century, New York City claimed no fewer than thirty Southern Organizations, including the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Kentucky Club, the New-York Southern Society, the Association of Southern Democrats, and the Dixie Society. However, as the century progressed, and some segments of the South became battlegrounds of the era’s culture wars, the South itself became widely disdained. Today, the Archibald Gracie Camp is one of the last organizations in the City devoted to Southern Heritage. It is comprised of both the descendents of those Southerners who flocked to New York City following the War, as well as recent transplants. We also have associate members, who do not have a Confederate ancestor, but support the cause!

If you fit this bill, I certainly hope you will consider joining! Fill out our online application, or drop me a line if you have any questions. Now as never before, our heritage is under attack, and the South needs every son to come to her defense!

Deo Vindice!



Archibald Gracie Camp #985
New York, N.Y.
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
PGMcCullough@scv.nyc
1-800-MY-DIXIE (1-800-693-4943)