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The Alabama Sons of Confederate Veterans preserve history and legacy

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The purpose of the Alabama Sons of Confederate Veterans is to preserve the history and legacy of these heroes so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause. The photographs below include some of the early members and veterans.

Organized in 1896

The United Sons of Confederate Veterans was organized at Richmond, Virginia, June 30, 1896. Its constituent bodies are Departments, Division, Brigades and Camps. The first camp in Alabama to affiliate with the Confederation was Camp John Pelham No. 16, of Auburn, organized with sixty-two members, Nov. 7, 1896. From this date the Division may be said to date its existence.

On Aug. 10, 1897, Dr. Patrick H. Mell, of Auburn, was  appointed Commander of the Division.

Photographs below have been identified by the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Dr. Patrick H. Mell

patrick h. mell


Thomas M. Owen leading a parade at a United Confederate Veterans reunion in Birmingham, Alabama June 11, 1908 – from Alabama Department of Archives and History

thomas owen leading a confederate parade

On Oct. 12, 1898, Thomas M. Owen, then of Carrollton, was appointed to succeed Dr. Mell, and he in turn was succeeded by Warwick H. Payne, of Scottsboro, Sept. 9, 1901.

First Reunion held in Montgomery

On Nov. 13, 1901, the first Division reunion convention was held in the city of Montgomery, at which time a constitution was adopted and formal organization effected. At the reunion in Mobile, Nov. 15, 1905, the Division was subdivided into five brigades.

Reunions have been held as follows: Montgomery, Nov. 13, 1901; Montgomery, Nov. 12, 1902; Birmingham, Nov. 4. 1903; and Mobile, Nov. 15, 1904. In 1905 the reunion was called for Huntsville, but was not held owing to the prevalence of yellow fever on the gulf coast.

Reunion of the 15th Alabama Infantry, C.S.A., in Montgomery, Alabama  Nov. 1902 from Alabama Department of Archives and History 15th Alabama veterans


Members of United Confederate Veterans Camp Lomax in front of a memorial in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama ca. 1905 -from Alabama Department of Archives and History

Confederate veterans reunion montgomery

Below – John Apperson, commander-in-chief of the United Sons of Confederate Veterans, in the parade at a reunion in Birmingham, Alabama. July 11, 1908 – from Alabama Department of Archives and History

sons of confederate veterans -parade birmingham

Below – Dr. Marshall Wingfield, Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, with James W. Moore, commander of the United Confederate Veterans ca. 1944 –from Alabama Department of Archives and History

wingfield sons of confederate veterans -alabama archives

Moore  (above) is wearing a Confederate officer’s uniform. During the Civil War he enlisted with Morgan’s Partisan Rangers (a unit of Wheeler’s Cavalry) at age 13; because of his young age, he was sent home after a year of fighting. He attended the Virginia Military Institute after the war and graduated in 1873 – from Alabama Department of Archives and History

Objects.—”Its objects are, through closer organization, to bring about a better accomplishment of the objects of the general Confederation”—Constitution,1901.

First Officers, 1901.—Warwick H. Payne, Division Commander; T. Sidney Frazier, Division adjutant; B. B. Cohen, Division inspector; Francis M. Purifoy, Division Judge advocate; Leon McCord, Division quartermaster; Rev. Eugene Crawford, Division chaplain; Dr. R. Paul Jones, Division surgeon; Clayton Tullis, Division commissary; and E. O. McCord and G. G. Allen, aides.

Below -Eight Confederate veterans on the steps of the Capitol in Montgomery, attending the last known Confederate veterans reunion in the state

Standing left to right: General William Banks of Houston, Texas; General W. W. Alexander of Rockhill, South Carolina;General J. D. Ford of Marshall, Texas; General T. H. Dowling of Atlanta, Georgia; General James W. Moore of Selma,Alabama; Colonel W. H. Culpepper of Atlanta, Georgia; and General W. M. Buck of Muskogee, Oklahoma. Seated in front is Dr. R. A. Gwynne of Birmingham, Alabama, the only African American to attend the reunion. This image was used and identified in the Alabama Historical Quarterly, Volume 6, page 6 (1944) – from Alabama Department of Archives and History

Confederate - last known reunion in the state



History of the Confederate Flag – There were actually four official Confederate flags

The Last Confederate Reunion held in 1944 in Alabama – all the men were in their 90s [photographs]

Amazing [vintage film] of real Confederate vets giving the Rebel Yell in Washington D. C.



  1. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography (in Four Volumes) by Thomas McAdory Owen (Author), 1921
  2. Alabama Department of Archives and History


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  1. My Great Grandfather served in the 34th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Manigaults brigade, 1862 – 1865. Wounded twice.

  2. I have many, many ancestors who served. 🙂

  3. I have a number of ancestors who served proudly in the Confederate Army. My youngest son is a proud member of the Alabama Sons of the Confederacy

  4. My Great Grandfather, John Henry Blanks served with the 34th Alabama Inf. Reg from 1862 until the end. wounded in Atlanta and at the Battle of Bentonville, he died in 1929.

    1. He joined the Confederate army while on a trip to Wetumkee, Alabama with his cousin Henry B. Blanks. There was a recruiting desk set in the town square and they were paying 50 confederate dollars for those who would enlist. The recruiter told John Henry that he could join now and get the $50 or return home, get drafted and receive nothing.
      He and his cousin Henry joined the 34th Alabama Infantry Regiment. Henry died of the fever in Mufreesboro, TN either before or after the Battle of Stones River and John Henry named one of his sons after him later on.
      John Henry was wounded twice. Once in the right side during the battle of Utoy Creek in east Atlanta (off Cascade Road). He recovered in a hospital in Mississippi and rejoined his regiment in North Carolina in time to participate in The Battle of Bentonville where he was again wounded in the inner thigh around April 10, 1865. Within hours, General Lee surrendered to Gen. Grant and John Henry went home to Georgia after recovering from his wounds.

      1. My Great grandfather also joined the ala. 34th in wetumpka in 1862, company C, Francis Marion Meeks, he was wounded in Atlanta and served until 1865 and was paroled out at Bentonville NC. I bet they knew of each other. Francis died in 1923 near Jasper Ala.

  5. My Great Grandfather John Smith was in War.

  6. This photo is incorrectly identified. It is a meeting of old comrades from the 15th Alabama Infantry Reg’t. Front row center is Governor Oates, the former Colonel, commanding. This picture is printed in Colonel Oates book chronicling the exploits of this brilliant band of brothers!

  7. Whoever it is no reason to argue

  8. So wish there were names with this pic!

  9. I salute these soldiers, who fought for their homeland.

  10. My Great Grand Father Francis Marion Culpepper served with the 37th Alabama Regiment company B. He died a Columbus, MS with the measles.

    1. One of my great grandfathers served in the same infantry. Alabama 37th. H.W. Smith.

  11. If you are a male descendant of a Confederate Veteran, and interested in that time period, may I recommend finding, visiting and perhaps joining a local SCV “camp”. I attended one in Selma last night and had one of the best presentations ever regarding the Selma arsenal and the casting process for heavy ordinance used for coastal defense and on warships during the war between the states. The SCV is still very active with 60 “camps” in Alabama alone and over 30,000 members worldwide.

  12. My great grandfather, Cyrus Clay, did his part for the cause until he deserted after the battle of Gettysburg. He never did any actual shooting, but when he saw all those other men get shot he skeedaddled out there faster than a rabbit chased by a coyote! He told my grandfather, Henry Clay, that he wasn’t about to get taken out of the cook’s tents and onto the firing line. So instead he waited for a few days after the retreat and then went out “foraging” for some food. He found food, enough to stuff his pockets full. He traveled by night and slept by day, all on foot until he made his way back to Alabama. Some said he was a coward, but he said “better a live coward, than a dead hero”. If not for my great-grandfather’s desertion of a lost cause then me and all my cousins on the Clay side of the family wouldn’t be here today. He served proudly but he deserted even more proudly.

    1. Any relation to Henry Clay ? He lived in Maplesville, I believe he was the Mayor at one time. I rented his house in the 90’s.
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  13. I had so many ancestors who served in the War Between the States. Some of the names: Curl, Kelly, Kelley, Lovell, Myrick, Brooks, Gammell, Wilson,Riddlesperger. I had several ancestors who served in the War of 1812 and the American Revolutionary War, and the Nathaniel Bacon’s Rebellion in the 1666 – 1676 era. My ancestor Owen Myrick was on trial for treason because he was against the British Rule. He was about to be hanged, but he was saved. I am very proud of my ancestors. They have made their descendant very proud.

  14. Wouldn’t you love to talk to these men about what they saw in the war

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