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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 descendents 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 descendents. 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!

Patrick McCullough
Commander
Archibald Gracie Camp #985
Sons of Confederate Veterans
New York, N.Y.

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{"data":[{"message":"When you're a liberal New Yorker but find out that the New York City Sons of Confederate Veterans are offering a $30 open bar this weekend.

Details at https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/events\/283700392383449\/","created_time":"2018-08-07T17:52:36+0000","id":"677337698981144_1804591146255788"},{"message":"Join us for our 5th Annual Cigar and Mint Julep Party on Saturday, August 11th! $30 for an open bar with top-shelf bourbon, southern food, and so much more?! You won't find a better deal in New York City!","created_time":"2018-07-24T18:01:11+0000","id":"677337698981144_1781767718538131"},{"message":"155 years ago today. Never forget.","created_time":"2018-07-03T15:14:58+0000","id":"677337698981144_1749859008395669"},{"message":"You may have never heard of General Samuel Cooper, but this New York native was the highest ranking officer in the Confederate States Armed Forces.

One of Cooper's most important acts was the preservation and transfer to United States Forces all of the official records of the Confederate States.

While most conquered forces are desperate to destroy any such incriminating records, Cooper's actions prove that he--like so many Confederates--believed that truth stood firmly on the side of the South.","created_time":"2018-04-23T13:04:44+0000","id":"677337698981144_1669908079724096"},{"message":"Long before the issue of slavery came to the forefront, the true underlying conflict between States and Union revealed itself at a dinner party on this day in 1830.

188 years ago today, Jefferson's birthday was one of the most celebrated days in our nascent country's calendar. In Washington, President Andrew Jackson and his Vice-President John C. Calhoun offered toasts at a large dinner party in commemoration of the day.

The two had split bitterly over tariffs, and Calhoun's resulting assertion that a state had the right to nullify federal law.

In a sense, their competing toasts marked one of the first shots of a war that would not actually be waged for another three decades, with Jackson declaring \"The Federal Union: It must be preserved!\" and Calhoun answering \"The Union: next to our Liberty the most dear: may we all remember that it can only be preserved by respecting the rights of the States, and distributing equally the benefit and burden of the Union!\"","created_time":"2018-04-13T13:52:33+0000","id":"677337698981144_1660202994027938"},{"message":"Robert E. Lee
By William Shakespeare Hays
(1837-1907)

The drapery of Heaven hung low
In dark and gloomy shrouds;
The angels used the weeping stars
In pinning back the clouds.
The shades of gloom and woe prevailed
O\u2019er all the land and sea,
And eyes that were unused to tears
Now wept for Robert Lee.
A Christian soldier, true and brave
Beloved, near and far,
He was the first in time of peace,
And first in time of war.
Virginia never reared a son
More brave and good than he,
Save one, and he was Washington,
Who lived and died like Lee.
The nation wept when cruel death
Into his mansion stole;
But angels, in the \u201cBetter Land,\u201d
Received his peaceful soul.
For that belongs to God alone,
He gave it to Him free,
And left the South the fame and name
Of Robert Edward Lee.
His peaceful sword is laid away.
His work on earth is done,
He loved the people of the South,
They idolized their son.
There\u2019s not a woman, man or child,
I care not where they be,
Throughout the still, sweet sunny South,
But loves the name of Lee.
He had no enemies on earth,
There\u2019s not a voice that can
Say aught against the name of Lee,
The soldier or the man.
And that would be a proud, cold heart,
That e\u2019er would cease to be
The place where memory wrote the name
Of Robert Edward Lee.
Bow down thy heads, ye Southern sons,
A few brief moments spend,
In weeping for the loss of one
Who lived and died your friend.
He loved you as he loved his life,
And when on bended knee,
Look up, and let the angels hear
Your prayer, \u201cGod bless our Lee.\u201d","created_time":"2018-01-19T14:01:48+0000","id":"677337698981144_1576544522393786"},{"message":"Enjoy this article published in The New York Times on January 23rd, 1898, detailing an early Lee-Jackson Dinner at the St. Denis Hotel in New York City. While hosted by the Confederate Veterans themselves, our NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp was in attendance!

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THE CONFEDERATES DINE

The Eighth Annual Banquet of the New York Veterans' Camp.

DR. HUNTER McGUIRE SPEAKS

He Responds to a Toast to the Memory of Stonewall Jackson--Gen. Lee's Name Cheered and the Rebel Yell Given.

The eighth annual dinner of the Confederate Veteran Camp of New York was given last night at the St. Denis Hotel. The most interesting incidents were addresses by Dr. Hunter McGuire of Richmond, in response to the toast to the memory of STonewall Jackson, and by Hugh S. Thompson, ex-Governor of South Carolina, in tribute to Albert Sydney Johnson.

About 200 members of the camp and their invited guests, including a delegation from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, were present. Lieut. Gov. Timothy L. Woodruff, who was to have responded to \"Our Home, Greater New York,\" was absent in consequence of the death of a relative, and the toast was not responded to.

The decorations of the dining hall were effective. Large portraits of R.E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were upon the wall at the head of the hall, just above the presiding officer. United States and Confederate flags were draped beneath the pictures, and several small silk Confederate battle flags were grouped about them. All the chandeliers and pillars were twined with masses of Florida moss, magnolia, and Virginia creeper, and flowers and palms were used in profusion upon the tables.

Commander Charles E. Thornton presided. The first toast was to \"the President, Army, and Navy of the United States,\" and it was received with loud cheering, the Southern yell being given with full effect, notwithstanding the age of many of those who joined in it and the long disuse of the special vocal exercise required to produce it.

Gen. Lee's Name Cheered.

The memory of Gen. Robert E. Lee, whose name was greeted with an apparently irrepressible storm of cheering when it was first mentioned, was drunk standing and in silence, while the bugle sounded \"taps.\"

Dr. McGuire, who responded to the toast of the evening--\"Stonewall Jackson\"--was Surgeon General on Gen. Jackson's staff, and was probably more intimately associated with him personally in life and at the time of his death than any other man in the army. His address was chiefly occupied with reminiscences of Jackson's personal habits and methods and of his conduct and utterances on important occasions. These stories of what was being done, planned, said, and thought by the commanding General were listened to with absorbed interest by the men who in various ranks were serving under him at the times mentioned.

Dr. McGuire said that Jackson during all his career had to fight to master a nature in which there were many strong passions--ambition, perhaps, the strongest of all. He asked Jackson once what his feeling was the first time he was under fire. The reply was: \"Afraid the fire would not be hot enough to enable me to distinguish myself.\" Yet Jackson had so far conquered this tendency that he could say with truth, as he often said, that he would not exchange one moment of his life hereafter for all the years of all the glory the earth could give.

Believed in Fighting.

While a humane man always, and kindly in all his instincts, he believed that war meant fighting and killing and injury to the enemy as possible. He frequently talked of the black flag--which means taking no prisoners--wondered whether the civil war would not come to that, and remarked that it would be, perhaps, the quickest and most merciful way in the end.

At the Battle of Sharpsburg a Federal officer who rode a white horse distinguished himself by his gallantry, riding up and down in front of his lines, rallying his men, and aroused the admiration of the Confederate General, Ewell, who, at the risk of his own life, rode along the front of his own lines, calling to his men, \"Don't shoot at the man on the white horse!\" Jackson heard of this, sent for Ewell, and instructed him never again to do anything of the kind. \"It is the brave men we want to kill,\" he said. \"when we kill them the cowards will run away and take with them what brave men are left.\"

Dr. McGuire says he was dressing Gen. Jackson's wounded hand at the first battle of Manassas when Jefferson Davis rode up through a throng of Confederate stragglers who had given him news of disaster. Mr. Davis was pale with anger and emotion, and stopped his horse in the middle of a small stream, rose in his stirrups, and shouted: \"Men, I am President Davis, follow me!\" Jackson heard him, turned, lifted his cap with his disengaged hand, and with blazing face called at the top of his voice: \"We have whipped them, sir! Give me 10,000 men and I'll have Washington by to-morrow morning!\"

Cheers for Dr. Smith.

In speaking of the Battle of Chancellorsville, Dr. McGuire referred to the Rev. Dr. James P. Smith, who was at the Commander's table, as the man who had covered Jackson's body with his own. A rattle of applause at this quickly broke into a roar, and then there was volley after volley of the screaming yell, as all the men present rose to their feet, waving napkins and handkerchiefs. Dr. Smith was forced to rise in his place and bow in repeated recognition of this tribute before Dr. McGuire could continue his speech.

One illustration of Jackson's epigrammatic orders related by Dr. McGuire brought a roar of appreciative laughter from the veterans.

\"In the very severe engagement of Chantilly,\" said Dr. McGuire, \"fought during a heavy thunderstorm when the voice of the artillery of heaven could scarcely be distinguished from that of the enemy, an aide came up with a message from A. P. Hill that his ammunition was wet and that he asked leave to retire. 'Give my compliments to Gen. Hill and tell him that the Yankee ammunition is as wet as his; to stay where he is,' was his reply. There was always danger and blood when he began his terse sentences with 'Give my compliments.'\"

Another stirring incident of the evening was when ex-Gov. Thompson, responding to the toast of \"Albert Syndey Johnston,\" said that there was nothing of the sectional spirit in the honors paid by Southern men to their heroes, that Southerners would rally fast for defense of the common country, and that they had just pride in the fact that the most dangerous and difficult diplomatic duties now being performed for the country were in the hands of a gallant Confederate officer bearing the stainless name of Lee. The guests rose in one mass with one accord and cheered until they were hoarse.

Charles Broadway Rouss and others spoke in response to volunteer toasts and calls, and \"My Maryland,\" \"I'm Going Back to Dixie,\" and other Southern songs were sung, the company joining in the choruses.","created_time":"2018-01-12T16:06:20+0000","id":"677337698981144_1570288669686038"},{"story":"Jon Harris shared a link to NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans's timeline.","created_time":"2017-09-24T04:16:30+0000","id":"677337698981144_1465738660141040"},{"message":"It is great to hear you guys have a camp in NYC. God Bless Y'all. Joey Taylor Commander Lane-Armistead Camp 1772 Mathews, Virginia.","created_time":"2017-09-10T23:35:13+0000","id":"677337698981144_1454048554643384"},{"message":"Join us tomorrow, Saturday, September 2nd, at Museum Village's Annual \"Civil War Weekend\", which includes a reenactment, and lots more! We'll have a booth set up for the Camp from around 10-5, spreading the word on our great group, complete with applications. Museum Village is located at New York 17M, Monroe, NY 10950. More info via the link below.

Hope to see you there!","created_time":"2017-09-01T14:36:18+0000","id":"677337698981144_1446096782105228"},{"message":"\u201cWe are honoring guys who, like all soldiers, are just doing what the old men of the world \u2026 decided that they do,\u201d said Patrick McCullough, commander of the New York City branch of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.","created_time":"2017-08-31T15:26:31+0000","id":"677337698981144_1445258445522395"},{"story":"Jon Harris shared a link to NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans's timeline.","created_time":"2017-08-17T17:21:43+0000","id":"677337698981144_1433262816721958"},{"message":"A number of weeks ago, it first came to our attention that there had been a movement by a few members of the State Assembly to push Fort Hamilton--a military installation in Brooklyn at which both Generals Lee and Jackson served in their early careers--to change the names of streets on the base named in honor of the two men.

Ultimately, we decided not to bring such a silly issue any additional publicity. However, the issue has picked up much broader attention recently, with a cover story in the New York Daily News.

Fortunately, the Army has responded in defense of the street names, and their calm and well-reasoned response is a breath of fresh air in the current climate of vitriol and destruction. In its response, the Army referred to Jackson and Lee as \"an inextricable part of our military history,\" and pointed out that renaming the streets would be \"contrary to the Nation\u2019s original intent in naming these streets, which was the spirit of reconciliation.\"","created_time":"2017-08-09T16:30:35+0000","id":"677337698981144_1425801767468063"},{"message":"On this day in 1861, Congress passed the Crittenden\u2013Johnson Resolution, stating that the war was being fought to preserve the Union and not to end slavery.","created_time":"2017-07-25T13:21:33+0000","id":"677337698981144_1411456902235883"},{"message":"On this day in 1863, Gen. Armistead succumbed to wounds received leading his men from the front, waving his hat atop his sword, into the \"High Water Mark of the Confederacy\".

He was buried beside his uncle, Lt. Col. George Armistead, who had commanded Ft. McHenry during the battle immortalized by \"The Star Spangled Banner\".","created_time":"2017-07-05T12:40:07+0000","id":"677337698981144_1390670477647859"},{"story":"John F. V. Cupschalk added a new photo to NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans's timeline.","created_time":"2017-06-23T23:53:14+0000","id":"677337698981144_1377774022270838"},{"message":"Do either, both, or neither of these state flags offend you?

As you may know, the State Flag of Mississippi (pictured on the top) has been under increasing scrutiny for the Confederate Battle Flag featured in its canton. The State Flag of Georgia (pictured on the bottom) was changed in 2003, replacing a Confederate Battle Flag in its own canton with the current 13 white stars encompassing the state's coat of arms.

If you're like a lot of Americans today, you might say that you are offended by the Mississippi State Flag, but not the Georgia State Flag, due to the use of the Confederate Battle Flag.

What you might not realize is that the Georgia State Flag is practically identical to the First National Flag of the Confederacy.

Interestingly, in the years immediately after the War Between the States, when a number of former Confederate Soldiers moved to New York City for work, and to escape military occupation, they began to participate in veteran parades alongside former Union Soldiers.

When they did so, as guests, they were generally asked to not fly the First National Flag of the Confederacy, as Union Veterans considered it the flag of the Confederate Government, which they considered treasonous and vanquished. Instead, they requested that they use the Confederate Battle Flag, which represented the Confederate Soldiers for whom they had nothing but respect.

Opponents of Confederate Memorials and symbols generally dismiss contemptuously any suggestion that their opposition is based in a lack of understanding of the War. But if the flag on the top offended you, but the flag on the bottom did not, perhaps you might question just how sound your reasoning is.","story":"NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans added 2 new photos.","created_time":"2017-05-23T19:41:51+0000","id":"677337698981144_1345401418841432"},{"message":"Early this morning, a monument to Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard was desecrated as an official act of the New Orleans government. An advocate for civil rights for freed slaves, Beauregard first learned to speak English during his schooling here in New York City, so we can not help but take particular offense at this particular monument removal, and look forward with optimism to the day that said monument will be replaced at an even more prominent location in the City he served so selflessly when a less disreputable and dynastic mayor is elected. In the meantime, the sons of the men who followed him into numerous battles preserve his greatest and most lasting monuments in their hearts. Deo Vindice.","created_time":"2017-05-17T13:11:35+0000","id":"677337698981144_1339300116118229"},{"message":"On this day in 1861, Richmond became the Capitol of the Confederacy. Was this a good move? Or did establishing the capitol on the front line against the North doom the Confederacy?","created_time":"2017-05-08T12:56:40+0000","id":"677337698981144_1331500713564836"},{"story":"NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans added a new photo.","created_time":"2017-05-05T02:50:29+0000","id":"677337698981144_1328282423886665"},{"message":"155 years ago today, Union Admiral Ferragut entered New Orleans, demanding the City's surrender. Commander of the Louisiana forces, Major General Mansfield Lovell (who left his home in New York City when the War began to join in defense of the South, and is buried in the Bronx), refused to surrender. A Union flag was placed atop the former U.S. mint, but an armed mob quickly removed it.

The heart-breaking irony of what is happening in New Orleans from within on this anniversary speaks for itself. But no monument can outlast those erected in the hearts of the sons and daughters of those who made their stand.","created_time":"2017-04-25T12:35:22+0000","id":"677337698981144_1318796621501912"},{"message":"Happy 199th Birthday to Lt. Gen. Hampton. A true embodiment of the Confederate Soldier, he was opposed to both secession and human slavery, but, when lines were drawn, he sided with his State, resigning his Senate seat and enlisting as a humble private in the South Carolina militia before the Governor of South Carolina insisted he accept a commission as colonel.","created_time":"2017-03-28T13:10:30+0000","id":"677337698981144_1285086098206298"},{"message":"Thank you, for providing us a way to change our profile pictures to show our support for the Confederate Heritage.","created_time":"2017-03-18T06:30:41+0000","id":"677337698981144_1274215612626680"},{"created_time":"2017-03-05T00:55:36+0000","id":"677337698981144_1187757754676345"},{"created_time":"2017-03-05T00:55:24+0000","id":"677337698981144_1187757638009690"}],"paging":{"previous":"https:\/\/graph.facebook.com\/v2.7\/677337698981144\/feed?format=json&since=1533664356&access_token=376963709010653|5GLyY9kh8kcmHRI3tfLFTTmtKV8&limit=25&__paging_token=enc_AdBmpnvdXag4vWZAsYw8XPqTycX1ydscKRUX0azUoIUx2xz5CZApwLu0bGjK45EIrq4TATwkrkQdZCS8b6KBglszDQrtocx8iQT1s1EX3LHR0KMpAZDZD&__previous=1","next":"https:\/\/graph.facebook.com\/v2.7\/677337698981144\/feed?format=json&access_token=376963709010653|5GLyY9kh8kcmHRI3tfLFTTmtKV8&limit=25&until=1488675324&__paging_token=enc_AdC0Ow2LEY7IGUwKVoI9wwTag9skZAeC3qclebp7LMh4ASzM6Fgw4dSukCfE9qChAR64QclF5yODOwR248S3Cg7NG1Muc1MpelX0a4X4ej8rylAZDZD"}}
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Archibald Gracie Camp #985
New York, N.Y.
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
PGMcCullough@scv.nyc
1-800-MY-DIXIE (1-800-693-4943)