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 we also cherish. Are you also ready to die for your country? Is your life worthy to be remembered along with theirs? Do you choose for yourself this greatness of soul? Not in the clamor of the crowed street, Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, BUT in ourselves are triumph and defeat."
Lt. Gen. Stephen D. Lee-----April 25, 1906------New Orleans, LA
In part, the purpose and nature of the Sons of Confederate Veterans as well as the Maj. Gen.
Franklin Gardner Camp, is to associate in one united body of men of confederate ancestry. To aid and encourage the recording and teaching with impartiality all Southern history and achievement. Constantly endeavoring to see that the events of the War for Southern Independence and the heroic contributions of the Confederate soldiers are authentically and clearly written, that all documents, relics and mementoes produced or handed down are properly treasured and preserved for posterity. To urge, aid and assist in the erection of suitable and enduring monuments and memorials to all Southern valor, wherever done and wherever found; particularly stressing, that of our Heroic Confederate ancestors who, by their sacrifice, perpetuated unto us and our descendents that glorious heritage of valor, chivalry and honor which we now hold and venerate. To instill into our descendents a devotion to and reverence for the principles represented by the Confederate States of America, to honor, glory and memory of our fathers who fought in that cause.