The Brigadier General Henry Watkins Allen Camp #133 is a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which has Camps in 34 U.S. States and 4 foreign countries*. This non-profit organization is a U.S. Veteran's Association**, a civic service organization, as well as an historical society that specializes in Confederate heritage as well as Civil War preservation and history. While a number of our members participate in Civil War Reenacting, they do so through separate reenacting organizations such as some of those listed on our links page. Many of our members are also active in Civil War study and research through the Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table. Membership in the camp is limited to all lineal and collateral male descendants of Confederate Veterans who served honorably in the Confederate Armed forces. Minimum age for full membership is 12 years old. Cadet memberships are available for those under 12, and Associate memberships are available, under the Friends of the SCV Program, for those who don't otherwise qualify for full membership.
The SCV rejects any person or group whose actions tarnish or distort the image of the Confederate soldier or his reasons for fighting. It further rejects any anti-American or hate group such as the Communist Party, KKK, neo-Nazi or other White supremacy organization; including groups whose objectives are contrary to the mission and purpose of the SCV as described in official SCV literature.
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.
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 the motives for his suffering and sacrifice, are being consciously distorted by some in an attempt to alter history. Unless descendants of Southern soldiers resist those efforts, a unique part of our nation's cultural heritage will cease to exist.
The CHARGE as spoken by
General Stephen Dill Lee
New Orleans Louisiana April 24, 1906
"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit 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 made him glorious, and which you also cherish. Remember it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations."
Salute to the Confederate Flag:
I salute the Confederate Flag with affection, reverence, and undying devotion to the cause for which it stands.
*International Camps located in Australia, Brazil, England, and Germany.
**On May 23, 1958, the U.S. Congress enacted Public Law 85-425, which conferred U.S. Veteran's status and benefits upon all Confederate Veterans. Since the last Confederate Veteran is believed to have died in 1959, the living benefits portion of the law was repealed in 1976. Members of the Confederate Armed forces are still defined as U.S. Veterans according to 38 USC 1501 section 3. The remains of Confederate Veterans are treated as U.S. Veterans and are eligible for U.S. Veteran's Administration issued grave markers and head stones in accordance with 38 USC 2306. The Sons of Confederate Veterans is the direct heir to the United Confederate Veterans.
“The brazen lips of Southern cannon thundered an unanswered anthem to the God of Battle."