Archibald Gracie Camp #985
New York, N.Y.
Our History

Just as it still does today, New York City has long attracted visitors from around the Country, and around the World. As a New York Times article from 1891 stated, the city’s “Southern Colony… [came] here after the war with no other capital than pluck, brains, and devoted wives…” and maintained a “clannishness.. [as] the result of a cherished past enshrined in tender memories of heroic sacrifice and sufferings bravely borne.”

The connections between Dixie and the Big Apple were many. For one, the United States Military Academy at West Point, at which so many Southern Officers studied, is but a few miles to the north. Secondly, the South’s cotton crop had been a staple of the City’s financial markets. A heavily-Democrat city in a Republican state, Mayor Fernando Wood had even proposed New York City’s secession in the lead up to the War! Not to join the Confederacy, but simply to become a neutral party. This spirit of peace and reconciliation continued into the days of Reconstruction, when men such as Confederate General Joseph Wheeler took up residence.

The Gracie Camp’s earliest reference comes in a New York Times article from May of 1893 (three years prior to the founding of the national organization), discussing in-fighting in what was clearly already a well-established club.

In the ensuing years, Southern Society flourished in the City, with even the First Lady of the Confederacy, Varina Davis, taking up residence following President Davis’ death in 1889, and becoming a locally beloved journalist. Their names soon became among the most notable: the Baruchs and the Lehmans to name a few. A wonderful aside: Simon Baruch, the family patriarch and a Confederate Veteran, would often embarrass his family at the Metropolitan Opera by standing and giving the rebel yell anytime Dixie was played. His wife famously would attempt to tug him back down into his seat by his tuxedo tails.

Eventually, six Southern generals would have their remains put to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, more generals than are buried in all of Louisiana! Countless other Confederate veterans in graves across the City, and we also have hundreds of Confederate POWs buried in Cypress Hills Cemetery taken from field hospitals following the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg.

So while New York City may seem an odd place for a Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp, it is a place that needs and deserves one!

{"data":[{"created_time":"2019-04-05T19:09:34+0000","story":"NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans updated their cover photo.","id":"677337698981144_2134388393276060"},{"created_time":"2018-10-03T03:35:56+0000","message":"From Kirk D. Lyons Chief Trial Counsel SLRC

IMPORTANT MESSAGE From my old friend Rob Jones (and past Director of the SLRC)
PLEASE READ & PASS ON! Its the beginning of the end if we lose this one!!! We need to expect treachery and be ready to go before the Legislature convenes in January! We also need to reach to ALL Heritage groups to HELP! And support

FYI, Members. We have yet another fight on our hands.

If you did not watch or listen to the gubernatorial debate Friday night between Greg Abbott and his Democratic challenger, then you need to be aware that Abbott declared his unequivocal opposition to the C of C plaque that is located in the State Capitol. He said that he could not remove it unilaterally since it was put up by the Texas Legislature, but he pledged to work with the Legislature during the upcoming Regular Session to have it removed. He agreed that it incorrectly stated historical facts when it said that the WBTS was not a Rebellion and was not fought over slavery.

Abbott may be the lesser of two evils as compared to the Democrats, but he is not our friend. He was not our friend when he was at the Supreme Court and the AG's office with regard to the Supreme Court plaques. I'm hoping that we can find one or two allies in the Legislature. Does anyone know of any? Lt. Gov. Patrick? Rep. White from SE Texas?

Everyone needs to be aware that with the governor's full weight on the side of having this plaque removed, it is an uphill fight, but one that we must wage. We need to start working on this NOW. We need to craft a winning strategy, and I will be so bold as to tell you what I think that is.

Having spent much of my life in the political arena, I will tell you that SCV and UDC cannot win this fight. Only the C of C can win this. Because that organization is under the UDC, we must involve the UDC and ask them to organize the C of C to save this plaque. We must have C of C members coming to the Capitol and visiting with the representatives. We must have articulate C of C members speaking to legislative leaders and to the governor's office. They must speak at the hearing for any bill to remove the plaque. We must help them, but only the C of C can take the \"point\" because it is their plaque and because the PR of young people waging this fight will be far better than us old greyhairs.

Make no mistake, if our enemies remove the Children of the Confederacy of plaque, then the same arguments will apply to every one of the monuments at the Capito (VERY, VERY TRUE!) l . It will be only a matter of time before they all are gone.

Robert N. Jones, Jr","id":"677337698981144_1880539398660962"},{"created_time":"2018-08-22T12:22:53+0000","message":"The heartbreaking events at Chapel Hill underscore the two opposing truths taken from Appomattox. The first being that a life lived honorably can leave its burdens and outcomes rightly in the hands of Providence; the other that violence and destruction alone can make right.","id":"677337698981144_1829905977057638"},{"created_time":"2018-08-22T12:11:01+0000","story":"NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans updated their cover photo.","id":"677337698981144_1829892000392369"},{"created_time":"2018-08-07T17:52:36+0000","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:\/\/\/events\/283700392383449\/","id":"677337698981144_1804591146255788"},{"created_time":"2018-07-24T18:01:11+0000","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!","id":"677337698981144_1781767718538131"},{"created_time":"2018-07-03T15:14:58+0000","message":"155 years ago today. Never forget.","id":"677337698981144_1749859008395669"},{"created_time":"2018-04-23T13:04:44+0000","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.","id":"677337698981144_1669908079724096"},{"created_time":"2018-04-13T13:52:33+0000","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!\"","id":"677337698981144_1660202994027938"},{"created_time":"2018-01-19T14:01:48+0000","message":"Robert E. Lee
By William Shakespeare Hays

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","id":"677337698981144_1576544522393786"},{"created_time":"2018-01-12T16:06:20+0000","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!



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


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.","id":"677337698981144_1570288669686038"},{"created_time":"2017-09-24T04:16:30+0000","id":"677337698981144_1465738660141040"},{"created_time":"2017-09-10T23:35:13+0000","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.","id":"677337698981144_1454048554643384"},{"created_time":"2017-09-01T14:36:18+0000","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!","id":"677337698981144_1446096782105228"},{"created_time":"2017-08-31T15:26:31+0000","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.","id":"677337698981144_1445258445522395"},{"created_time":"2017-08-17T17:21:43+0000","id":"677337698981144_1433262816721958"},{"created_time":"2017-08-09T16:30:35+0000","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.\"","id":"677337698981144_1425801767468063"},{"created_time":"2017-07-25T13:21:33+0000","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.","id":"677337698981144_1411456902235883"},{"created_time":"2017-07-05T12:40:07+0000","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\".","id":"677337698981144_1390670477647859"},{"created_time":"2017-06-23T23:53:14+0000","story":"John F. V. Cupschalk added a new photo to NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans's timeline.","id":"677337698981144_1377774022270838"},{"created_time":"2017-05-23T19:41:51+0000","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.","id":"677337698981144_1345401418841432"},{"created_time":"2017-05-17T13:11:35+0000","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.","id":"677337698981144_1339300116118229"},{"created_time":"2017-05-08T12:56:40+0000","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?","id":"677337698981144_1331500713564836"},{"created_time":"2017-05-05T02:50:29+0000","id":"677337698981144_1328282423886665"},{"created_time":"2017-04-25T12:35:22+0000","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.","id":"677337698981144_1318796621501912"}],"paging":{"cursors":{"before":"Q2c4U1pXNTBYM0YxWlhKNVgzTjBiM0o1WDJsa0R5TTJOemN6TXpjMk9UZAzVPREV4TkRRNk9EVTROekUzTVRnek5qQXdOREV3TlRJd01BOE1ZAWEJwWDNOMGIzSjVYMmxrRHlBMk56Y3pNemMyT1RnNU9ERXhORFJmTWpFek5ETTRPRE01TXpJM05qQTJNQThFZAEdsdFpRWmNwNmZA1QVE9PQZDZD","after":"Q2c4U1pXNTBYM0YxWlhKNVgzTjBiM0o1WDJsa0R5TTJOemN6TXpjMk9UZAzVPREV4TkRRNk5USTFPRGc0TkRBNU1EZA3lOelF6T0RBNU9BOE1ZAWEJwWDNOMGIzSjVYMmxrRHlBMk56Y3pNemMyT1RnNU9ERXhORFJmTVRNeE9EYzVOall5TVRVd01Ua3hNZAzhFZAEdsdFpRWlkvMEtLQVE9PQZDZD"},"next":"https:\/\/\/v2.10\/677337698981144\/feed?access_token=376963709010653\u00257C5GLyY9kh8kcmHRI3tfLFTTmtKV8&limit=25&after=Q2c4U1pXNTBYM0YxWlhKNVgzTjBiM0o1WDJsa0R5TTJOemN6TXpjMk9UZAzVPREV4TkRRNk5USTFPRGc0TkRBNU1EZA3lOelF6T0RBNU9BOE1ZAWEJwWDNOMGIzSjVYMmxrRHlBMk56Y3pNemMyT1RnNU9ERXhORFJmTVRNeE9EYzVOall5TVRVd01Ua3hNZAzhFZAEdsdFpRWlkvMEtLQVE9PQZDZD"}}
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Archibald Gracie Camp #985
New York, N.Y.
1-800-MY-DIXIE (1-800-693-4943)