The Sons Of Confederate Veterans 

Major Charles Quinn Petty

What is the Sons of Confederate Veterans ?

Veteran's organizations have existed in this country since the Revolutionary War. Because the veterans realized that their combined efforts can help them serve their needs. These needs usually included caring for the sick an elderly veterans,fostering camaraderie and life-long friendships developed during the war and reminding the public of the sacrifices endured during war.
Thirty-one years after the end of the War of 1861-1865, in 1896,Confederate veterans organized the United Confederate Veterans ( U.C.V. ) with these objectives in mind. Camps or local chapters sprung up across the fifteen states that had supplied men to the South.

                              Gaston Beginnings
The William Gamble Camp 1184 of the U.C.V. was formed in Gaston County August 8th, 1898. Mr. Gamble was the first Gastonite to die at the Hanover Courthouse Battle on May 27th, 1862. During the first four decades of the twentieth century, annual U.C.V. conventions were held throughout the South (1929 in Charlotte N.C. where Memorial Stadium now sits) 

Realizing that the vast majority of veterans could no longer care for themselves. THE Sons OF Confederate ( S.C.V. ) was formed. Gaston County's S.C.V. camp the Robert F. Hoke Camp,# 872 was named after the Lincoln County general and it was establishes on April 9th,1929.

The S.C.V. is the oldest  Historical Honor Society in America today. The S.C.V. ,today has the responsibility of protecting the honor of the Confederate Veterans, ensuring that the Veterans are memorialized through activities such as Confederate Memorial Day ( May 10th in N.C. & S.C.), Lee-Jackson balls,Veterans's Day parades. S.C.V. members are further charged with educating  the public about the Veterans by sponsoring literary contest,writing articles in the local newspaper, placing literature in the public libraries,and participating in community festivals.

The oldest Gaston County Camp is the Maj. Charles Q. Petty Camp, No 872 and it was formed on April 9th 1992 ( one hundred and twenty-seven years after the surrender at Appomattox ). 

        How do you become a member of the S.C.V. ?

Visitors are welcome to attend the activities and meetings of the Maj Charles Q. Petty Camp,No 872. To join the S.C.V. you must satisfy the admission requirements outlined in the "Application for Membership". The genealogical requirement is that you must have had one or more ancestors that served honorable in the military or government of the Confederate States of America. You can get a Membership Application from the Commander,Lieutenant Commander,Adjutant. This research can be hard work. Knowing which tools to use for research can make this task much easier. A lot of troop rosters, census records,land deeds,death certificates,and other tools can be found in the local library's history room. Gaston County;s Main Library 
   Gaston County Main Library
   1555 East Garrison Boulevard
   Gastonia, NC 28054 


Lieutenant General Stephen Dill Lee's Charge to the S.C.V.

To you, Sons of Conf
ederate Veterans, we submit the vindication of the Cause for which we fought; to you 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 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. 

  Confederate Military Units that were made up of only Gaston County Men.

87th North Carolina Militia

Company M, 16th North Carolina Troops 
         " South Fork Farmers "

Company H, 23rd North Carolina Troops
          " Gaston Guards '

Company B, 28 North Carolina Troops
           " Gaston Invincible s" 

Company H, 37th North Carolina Troops
             " Gaston Blues"

Company H,49th North Carolina Troops 
            " Gaston Rangers"

2nd North Carolina Junior Reserves *
 also known as Company C, 71 N.C.T.

4th North Carolina Senior Reserves company E

 * 100 men out of 171 in this company were from Gaston County.

About one thousand four hundred Gaston County men served in the service of the Confederate Sates of America or North Carolina Militia during the war 

Approximately how many men serves in the Confederate Military?

Alabama   80,000                 Arkansas     60,000
Florida      15,000                   Georgia       110,000
Indian Territory ( Oklahoma )    3,000
Kentucky   40,000               Louisiana     55,000
Maryland    25,000                 Missouri       40,000
Mississippi  70,000                    North Carolina   120,000 
South Carolina 60,000
Tennessee   100,000                 Texas            50,000
Virginia + West Virginia = 90,000 + 15,000 = 105,000

About 900,000 men fought for the Southern Cause.

Confederate Memorial Day  ( in NC,SC )  May 10th

Confederate Flag Day                           March 4th

Robert E. Lee's Birthday                        January 19th

Jefferson Davis Birthday                       June      3rd 

When each Southern states secede from the Union.

South Carolina - December 20, 1860

Mississippi - January 9, 1861

Florida - January 10, 1861

Alabama - January 11, 1861

Georgia - January 19, 1861

Louisiana - January 26, 1861

Texas - February 1, 1861

Virginia - April 17, 1861

Arkansas - May 6, 1861

North Carolina - May 20, 1861

Tennessee - June 8, 1861

Bloodiest Battles of the War.

Gettysburg--51,000 casualties

Chickamauga--34,624 casualties

Spotsylvania--30,000 casualties

The Wilderness--29,800 casualties

Chancellorsville--24,000 casualties

Shiloh--23,746 casualties

Stones River--23,515 casualties

Antietam--22,717 casualties

Second Manassas--22,180 casualties

Vicksburg--19,233 casualties