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posted Aug 8, 2020, 8:26 AM by Adjutant2527 Georgen
Sons of Confederate Veterans Information Paper

The 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 a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved. Membership in the Sons of
Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the
Confederate armed forces. We have members of all races and backgrounds who are descendants of
Confederate veterans. The SCV has long advocated against racism and hate and will not tolerate
members who are racists, extremists, or supremacists to belong as members. A formal, written
declaration of this policy was first published in 1989.

Recent events have brought to the fore the issue of our soldiers’ monuments and the names of
military installations named for Confederate military personnel. Unfortunately, the goodwill engendered
as part of the effort to bind the wounds of the war beginning with Union Army veteran President
McKinley are now being rent asunder by historically ignorant and prejudiced people. Four separate
acts of Congress from 1901 to 1958 gave implicit status to Confederate soldiers as “American
veterans.”

The US DoD is unfortunately leading the movement on renaming military installations. They are
rationalizing the renaming for two primary reasons: 1) Confederates were “traitors”; and, 2)
Confederate soldiers fought for slavery. These reasons are totally incorrect.

Secession from the US meant that the South had formed a separate country. It had our own
government, own currency, own Constitution, and own military forces. Like our Revolutionary War
forefathers, they left the existing country to start a new one. As such, US military officers who left the
US resigned their commissions which were accepted, thus, both morally and ethically separating their
obligation to the US. A book used at the US Military Academy, West Point, by 19th Century legal
scholar William Rawle, stated that Secession was legal. That is what cadets learned. Four of the
eleven Confederate states resisted seceding until Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to invade and
force their sister states back into the Union. Their secession was clearly in response to an armed
invasion rather than any concerns for the future of slavery. President Eisenhower expounded on this by
writing in 1960: “…we need to understand that at the time of the War Between the States, the issue of
Secession had remained unresolved for more than 70 years. Men of probity, character, public
standing, and unquestioned loyalty, both North and South, had disagreed over this issue as a matter of
principle from the day our Constitution was adopted.” Secession, not illegal in 1860, meant that those
who went with the new nation could not be traitors. Chief Justice Salmon Chase advised President
Johnson not to try Confederates for treason. His reason: the trial might prove that Secession was, in
fact, completely legal. No Confederates were ever tried. None were ever convicted of treason.

Confederate soldiers did not fight for slavery. To say so demonstrates a total lack of
understanding of the culture of the 1860s South. Just because racism in the North and South was
prevalent, attributing those effects to the reasons for which the soldiers fought is a post hoc, ego
propter hoc analogy…a major logic fallacy. What did the Confederate soldiers fight for? Nationally
renowned Civil War historian, descendant of a Union Army soldier, Dr. James M. McPherson’s book,
“For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War,” clearly establishes that Confederate
soldiers did not fight for slavery. After examining 574 manuscript collections and nearly 30,000 letters,
diaries, and journals in twenty-two archival repositories, McPherson states that Confederates believed
they were fighting for liberty. It is important to understand what motivated the soldiers, including their
generals, was largely divorced from the broader political reasons for the war, just as they have been
historically for many armies since ancient times.

In summary, Confederate soldiers, including their generals, were not “traitors”, nor did they fight to
preserve slavery. They fought for defend their homeland from invasion, an honorable cause.

For further information, contact cicscv_76@yahoo.com
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