Sons of Confederate Veterans

New Member Oath



Initiation of New Members:

We are gathered to initiate into the bonds of fraternal brotherhood (Please state your name ).

We share a common birthright as Southerners and descendants of those men who served the Confederate State of America. The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a patriotic organization, not linked with any other organization, and is neither political, racial, or sectional. We take justified pride in our Confederate forbearers, men and women who sacrificed their all for the cause which they knew to be just. The Confederate soldier won the admiration of the world by his courageous fight against an enemy overwhelming in numbers, equipment and implements of war. With few exceptions they were volunteers who fought for principles of government, home and family. Although defeated, they left us traditions of faith in God, honour, and respect for womanhood. They also left us a passionate belief in freedom for the individual and bequeathed to us a military tradition of valour, patriotism, devotion to duty and a spirit of self-sacrifice. When our nation no longer admires and pays tributes to these traditions, we will no longer remain a free nation. Now, having expressed your desire to join the Sons of Confederate Veterans, please raise your right hand and repeat after me the following.

"I pledge without reservation my eternal loyalty..........to the virtues of the Founding Fathers.......who were responsible for the Constitution and Republic......... which my forefathers fought to preserve. I will loyally support all activities of the Early Camp..........and the Sons of Confederate Veterans so help me God."

Please lower your hand.

On behalf of the General Jubal A. Early Camp 556, Sons of Confederate Veterans, please welcome into our ranks these men who will henceforth be known as our brothers and fellow compatriots.

Revised 17 June 2012