The question has been raised as to why the Sons of Confederate Veterans are represented at the San Antonio Highland Games and just as important, why is the Confederate Battle Flag displayed.
The brave soldiers and sailors from who SCV descend fought bravely to defend their homes from a foreign invading power, the most notable and honorable reason to engage in warfare.These gentlemen stood their ground although the odds were greatly against them. They upheld the highest traditions of Celtic warriors gone by. And why shouldn’t they? The vast majority of these defenders of freedom were of Scottish, Irish and Welsh ancestry. Many still spoke with their beautiful accents and some had not been off the boats for very long before the North violated the Constitution and made war on the South. Everyone has heard of the famous Irish Brigade of the Union Army, but the Confederacy had one as well that fought just as bravely against their counterparts at Marye’s Heights near Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1862. Even the names of some of our generals (Jackson, Stuart, Johnson, Johnston, Cleburne to name a few) have Celtic origins.
Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans serve to honor and perpetuate the memory of their heroic ancestors as well as tell the truth about the War of Northern Aggression. This is the charge that was given to us by General Stephen Dill Lee, the Commander General of the United Confederate Veterans in 1896.
Contrary to what the uninformed might claim, we do not represent racism in any form. In fact those who align themselves with racist organizations are not welcome in our ranks. The truth is the Sons of Confederate Veterans are actively trying to recruit the descendants of the 60,000 plus African-American soldiers and sailors who enlisted in the armed forces of the Confederacy so that the memory of their ancestors may be revered as well.
Events of the past year have raised a great controversy regarding the Battle Flag. First, the individual involved in the shooting that initiated the controversy is not and never has been a member of the SCV. The Battle Flag was designed following the first Battle of Manasas (Bull Run to the Yankees) in 1861 when the First National Flag of the Confederacy was easily mistaken for the flag of the Union forces.The inspiration for the Battle Flag was the flag of Scotland with its Cross of St. Andrew. The South simply changed the size of the flag, added the stars and the color red. It, much as the Scottish flag, was designed to be a symbol to remind the soldiers and sailors of their Christian roots, to serve their homes, their nation and their God honorably and it serves as a reminder to us of the sacrifice our ancestors made in serving the noble cause. Deo Vindice (Under God)!