Sons of Confederate Veterans
Dixie Defenders
Camp 1861
Welcome

On behalf of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Florida Division and Dixie Defenders Camp 1861, we would like to welcome you to our website. By visiting us here, you have shown an interest in your Confederate history and we would like to assist you in your historical journey. Please note that we have changed our camp number to a very significant one.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants 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 the history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.

We defend the right of millions of Americans to express themselves with pride, without harassment or discrimination, regarding their national origin including that which was derived from the former Confederate States of America. We believe Confederate heritage is one part of America's diversity which must be preserved. This includes educating the public about the ethnic diversity that existed in the Confederate ranks. Since Confederate veterans and their descendants include individuals from all races, we invite all male descendants regardless of skin color, ethnicity, and creed to join us in protecting the memory of the Confederate soldier.


Chance Drawing
October 29th, 2022

The Dixie Defenders Camp is conducting a chance drawing for a Nathan Bedford Forrest Commemorative 1851 cal 36 revolver. This is an original reproduction the one carried by N.B. Forrest and is one of only two hundred produced. The one offered is engraved with Forrest's portrait and quotes in 24 caret gold. It comes with a custom handcrafted display and a certificate of authenticity (27 of 200). Tickets are available for $50.00 each and can be procured from any Camp 1861 member. All proceeds will go the SCV Camp 1861 Dixie Defenders Education Scholarship Fund. For information contact:

Camp 1861 Commander Darryl Ratteree
email: ratscats5@gmail.ocm
tel: 352-578-5441

Joining the SCV

If you are interested in perpetuating the ideals that motivated your Confederate ancestor, the SCV needs you. The memory and reputation of the Confederate soldier, as well as the motives for his suffering and sacrifice, are being consciously distorted by some in an attempt to alter history. Unless the descendants of Southern soldiers resist those efforts, a unique part of our nations' cultural heritage will cease to exist.

If you would like more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans, speak with one of our officers, call 1-800-MY-SOUTH, or 1-800-MY-DIXIE. Or write to:

General Headquarters
Sons of Confederate Veterans
P.O. Box 59
Columbia, Tennessee 38402-0059

Membership Requirements

Contact Camp 1861

Charge to the
Sons of Confederate Veterans

"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."

Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee,

Commander General
United Confederate Veterans
New Orleans, Louisiana
25 April 1906

Salutes and Pledges to Flags

Confederate Flag Salute

"I salute the Confederate Flag with affection, reverence and undying devotion to cause for which it stands."

The American Flag

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God,  indivisible,  with justice and liberty to all."