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The citizen-soldiers 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.

Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes, so future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans 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 a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved. 

The John H. Reagan Camp #2156 is one of many local SCV camps scattered not only across the Southern U.S. but throughout the entire U.S. and overseas. We strive to do our part to uphold the charge given to us by Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General, United Confederate Veterans in 1906. We do this in a way that does not dishonor our nation while at the same time making no compromise from the truth of our Southern history. For example, at all of our camp meetings, we begin with an invocation led by our chaplain, followed by the pledges of allegiance to the U. S. flag and the Texas flag, the Salute to the Confederate flag, and the reading of the Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. While we are very adamant about fulfilling our charge, we accomplish this while also enjoying much kindred fellowship with other like minded men and their families.

The SCV is divided up into three armies, divisions by state, various brigades in each state and then camps. The John H. Reagan Camp #2156 is in the Army of Trans-Mississippi,  Texas Division, 8th Brigade (East Texas Brigade). We would like to encourage you to visit the National, ATM, and Texas SCV web sites by clicking on the links above. There is very interesting historical information on these sites along with more information about our organization. 

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"The Principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form." 

President Jefferson Davis, C.S.A.
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"...governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." 

United States Declaration of Independence
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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-in-Chief
United Confederate Veterans
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906

KnowSouthernHistory.net is an excellent resource for Southern History that has not been tampered with by revisionist historians.

Norris White, Jr. at Texas State Capitol on July 21, 2012


"Confederate Veteran" magazine articles:

Read: "Our History and Their Myth: Comparing the Confederacy and the Union,"              by Dr. Clyde N. Wilson, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina

Read:  "Those People" part 1, by Dr. Clyde N. Wilson

Read:  "Those People" part 2, by Dr. Clyde N. Wilson​

Read:  Sam Davis, Boy Martyr of the Confederacy by Dr. Michael R. Bradley

Read:  Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Klu Klux Klan by Dr. Michael R. Bradley

Read:  Lincoln's War on Southern Civilians by Walter Brian Cisco

Read:  Fifteen Months in Fort Delware: The Prison Diary of Isaac Handy by Karen Stokes

​Read: Defeat and Occupation: The Cold War Known as "Reconstruction" by Dr. Clyde N. Wilson

Read: Confederate Emancipation Without War by Dr. Donald Livingston


The Truth by Past SCV Commander-in-Chief, R. Michael Givens​. His last report as CiC from the July-Aug 2014 Confederate Veteran magazine.

Past SCV, Chaplain-in-Chief John Weaver - Sermons

The Confederate Flag: History versus Hysteria by Steve Quick

A Confederate Catechism, The War of 1861-1865, 3rd edition published in 1929 by Lyon Gardiner Tyler. This is an excellent source of the Southern view of what caused the War Between the States.

 Chapter VIII, Causes of the War Between the States, by John H. Reagan as pdf file,  
from his "Memoirs, with special reference to secession and the Civil War"

Confederate Constitution - 8 Changes that were different than the U. S. Constitution

"The Forgotten Ones" by Gary Williams, Historian, JHR Camp 2156

"I Am a Son of a Confederate Soldier" by Ronnie Hatfield, Past commander JHR Camp 2156

Constitution of the Confederate States of America

Constitution of the United States of America

Suggested Reading/Viewing List on "The War Between the States" by Rudy Ray

Southern Historical articles and more from the North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission

"Confederate Heroes Day" is a State Holiday in Texas - by Ronnie Hatfield

April is Confederate History and Heritage MonthClick here to read Texas Senate Resolution No. 526 establishing April as the month to recognize our Confederate Heritage.

Video - The American Confederate Heroes

Video - Confederate Generals Killed in Battle - You may ask, why so many? The answer lies in the fact that these brave and gallant Confederate officers led from the front instead of from the rear while defending their families and homes and their country in the preservation of a Republic form of Government layed out in the Constitution of the U.S. by the Founding Fathers.

Black Confederate Soldiers

Black Confederates - Southern Heritage 411.com

Acknowledging Black Confederates by Jodie Gilmore

Constitution and By-Laws of the John H. Reagan Camp #2156

Procedures Manual for Honor Guard/Color Guard/Artillery - John H. Reagan Camp #2156

Confederate Uniform for the Reagan Camp #2156 Honor Guard

Period Correct Clothing, including the "Val Verde" Battery Uniform - by Calvin Nicholson

SCV Hate Resolution unanimously passed at the 1989 SCV General Reunion in Oklahoma.

SCV Battleflag Resolution from the 2010 SCV General Reunion in Anderson, S.C.

Officers - John H. Reagan Camp #2156

Officers Duties from the SCV Camp Handbook

Camp Committees and Responsibilities

SCV Camp Handbook - Updated June 2010

Membership Application to the Sons of Confederate Vetarans, Dues for the fiscal year of August 1 through July 31 are $30 - National, $5 - Division or State, and $10 - Reagan Camp dues, Total is $45/fiscal year. See dues - proration rules below for joining during the middle of the fiscal year.

Dues - Proration rules  

Brazil Migration of some Confederates to avoid Reconstruction: An interesting interview/article appeared in a 1931 issue of the Houston Chronicle

Camp Growth, Stability, and Retention slide presentation handout​

Confederate Veterans Memorial Plaza - Palestine, Wall Interpretive Marker 1


If you don't have Adobe Reader to view the above files, click here for free download.



Lt. General S. D. Lee
Confederate States Army
Lt. General S. D. Lee Commander-in-Chief United Confederate Veterans

"THE MEN IN GRAY,
WHO, WITH MATCHLESS COURAGE, FOUGHT TO MAINTAIN THE PRINCIPLES OF THE CONSTITUTION AND PERPETUATE THE GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHED BY THEIR FATHERS, AND WHOSE HEROIC DEEDS CROWNED THE SOUTH WITH DEATHLESS GLORY."

-ROBERT CATLETT CAVE- 
1843-1923
CONFEDERATE 
VETERAN, AUTHOR, AND PASTOR
"IN ALL MY PERPLEXITIES AND DISTRESSES, THE BIBLE HAS NEVER FAILED TO GIVE ME LIGHT AND STRENGTH”

-GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE-

“THROUGH THE BROAD EXTENT OF COUNTRY OVER WHICH YOU HAVE MARCHED BY YOUR RESPECT FOR THE RIGHTS AND PROPERTY OF CITIZENS, YOU HAVE SHOWN THAT YOU WERE SOLDIERS NOT ONLY TO DEFEND BUT ABLE AND WILLING TO DEFEND AND PROTECT.”
 
-LT. GEN. THOMAS J. “STONEWALL” JACKSON-

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"Nothing fills me with deeper sadness than to see a Southern man apologizing for the defense we made of our inheritance. Our cause was so just, so sacred, that had I known all that has come to pass, had I known what was to be inflicted upon me, all that my country was to suffer, all that our posterity was to endure, I would do it all over again."

- Jefferson F. Davis -
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