Current Officers & Contact Information
Joe Owen, Commander - email@example.com
George Foulds, Lt. Commander - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Reynolds, 2nd Lt. Commander - email@example.com
Conan Milstein ,3rd Lt. Commander - firstname.lastname@example.org
Clarence Smith, Adjutant - email@example.com
John McCammon, Quartermaster & Brigade Commander - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sanford C. Reed, Genealogist - email@example.com
William Ray Wainner, Editor - firstname.lastname@example.org
David Fontaine Sweeney, Historian - email@example.com
Bruce Craig Sanders, Drum & Bugle Corps
Mike Reynolds, Captain, Trans-Mississippi Old Guard - firstname.lastname@example.org
Webpage created: August 24, 2016 Last updated - 5 Jan 2017
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. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built.
Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes, so future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.
The SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the SCV continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non-political organization dedicated to insuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.
Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces. Membership can be obtained through either direct or collateral family lines and kinship to a veteran must be documented genealogically. The minimum age for full membership is 12, but there is no minimum for Cadet membership.
New Member Fees/Dues
Natl. Dues $30.00, Natl. New member Dues $5.00, Texas Div. Dues $15.00, Camp Dues $10.00 Total for new members $60.00. Send Payment to;
Clarence M. Smith - Adjutant
8725 Fox Briar Lane
Boerne, Texas 78006
Applicants should submit an Application Form, along with a detailed genealogy describing your relationship to the Confederate veteran, and proof of his service. Click on "Join" (above) to download an Application, and then "Genealogy Assistance" to get a Family Lineage Form. Call 210/317-8114 or email any officer in "Contacts" for assistance.
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 as the motives for his suffering and sacrifice, are being consciously distorted by some in an attempt to alter history. Unless the descendants of Southern soldiers resist those efforts, a unique part of our nations' cultural heritage will cease to exist.
“He who gave freedom to our fathers will bless the efforts of their children to preserve it.” – Robert E. Lee, February 14, 1863
Born in Owingsville, Kentucky in 1831 and a West Point Graduate at the age of 22, John Bell Hood was one of the most rapidly promoted Confederate officers in The War Between the States. After serving in California and Texas for the United States Army, he resigned his commission in April of 1861 to join the Confederacy as a Cavalry Captain. From there, he was soon promoted to Colonel of the Texas 4th Infantry. Thereafter, he distinguished himself on a dozen fields, beginning in the Peninsula Campaign and at Second Manassas. At the Battle of Gaine’s Mill on June 27, he distinguished himself by leading his brigade in a charge that broke the Union line - arguably the most successful Confederate performance in the Seven Days Battles. While Hood escaped the battle without an injury, every officer in his brigade was killed or wounded.
He was promoted to Major General in 1862 serving with distinction at Sharpsburg and at Fredericksburg. Hood was a significant player at the Battle of Gettysburg, being ordered by Longstreet to attack the Union’s left flank against his own wishes. His command was bloodily blunted by union forces in Devils Den, and finally undone at Little Round Top. Hood was severely wounded in the arm at Gettysburg and was forced to hand off command, and soon thereafter lost a leg at Chickamauga. After some recovery, he was appointed to Lieutenant General serving under General J.E. Johnston, whom he would replace in the spring of 1864. Hood conducted the remainder of the Atlanta Campaign with the strong aggressive actions for which he was famous. He launched four major offensives that summer in an attempt to break Sherman’s siege of Atlanta, starting almost immediately with an attack along Peachtree Creek; however, all of the offensives failed, with significant Confederate casualties. Finally, on September 2, 1864, Hood evacuated the city of Atlanta, burning as many military supplies and installations as possible.
Hood marched his army into Tennessee where his forces were crippled trying to break through Union breastworks at the Battle of Franklin. His army suffered again at the Battle of Nashville from Union forces lead by General Thomas. Hood was relieved of his rank (at his own request) in January of 1865 and returned to his post as Lieutenant General. He desired to take control of the Texas army, but they surrendered before his arrival. In May 1865, Hood gave himself up to Union forces in Natchez, Mississippi. After the war, Hood moved to New Orleans and lived there with his wife and children until he died in 1879 of yellow fever.
John Bell Hood is interred in the Hennen family tomb at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans. He is memorialized by Hood County in Texas and the U.S. Army installation, Fort Hood, in central Texas.
Hood's Texas Brigade, Camp #153
"I can assure you, that the gallant hearts that throb beneath its sacred folds, will only be content when their glorious banner is planted first and foremost in the coming struggle for independence" - John B. Hood
FORMER CAMP COMMANDERS
Robert “Bob” D. Adams III was the organizing Commander of Hood’s Texas Brigade, Camp #153. The Charter was issued on August 5, 1993 and the first formal meeting was held at Luby’s Cafeteria, Central Park Mall, San Antonio, Texas on September 13, 1993 at 6:30 p.m.
Ross L. Shipman - Aug 1993 – Jan 1995
Albert L. Jamison - Jan 1995 – Jan 1997
John L. Wilmeth - Jan 1997 – Jan 2000
Glen R Hartman - Jan 2000 – Jan 2001
Edward F. Butler, Sr. - Jan 2001 – Jan 2003
Edward A. Heath - Jan 2003 – Jan 2004
Albert L. Jamison - Jan 2004 – Jan 2005
John F. McCammon - Jan 2005 – Jan 2008
James B. Crowther - Jan 2008 – Jan 2010
William Sanford Smith - Jan 2010 – Jan 2012
William Ray Wainner - Jan 2012 – Jan 2015
William Sanford Smith - Jan 2015 – Jan 2017
FUTURE PROGRAM TOPICS & TENTATIVE SPEAKER SCHEDULE
For scheduling or questions, contact 1st. Lt. Commander George P. Foulds - email@example.com
January - This Convivial Meeting is to install new Camp #153 officers and annually honors Confederate Heroes Day and the birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. “Tributes and Toasts” are presented each year by the new incoming officers.
February - Meeting to honor the birthday of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Independence Day (Founding of the C.S.A. / Jefferson Davis inaugurated).
March - This annual meeting honors Confederate Flag Day and the Confederate Day of Prayer, designated by President Jefferson Davis in 1863 as a day of "fasting, humiliation, and prayer" in the Confederate States. , and Texas Independence Day, Texas Heroes Day, National Medal of Honor Day, Women’s History Month.
April - Meeting to celebrate Fiesta, Confederate Veterans Memorial Day, Confederate History and Heritage Month, National Poetry Month, Texas Independence Day and Declaration of Independence principal author Thomas Jefferson.
May - honors the anniversary of our Camp’s establishment of the Trans-Mississippi Old Guard and the last battle of Lincoln’s Invasion of the Southern States, the Battle of Palmito Ranch in Texas on May 12 and 13
June - John Bell Hood Birthday Celebration, Flag Day, Freedom Day.…
July - Independence Day, Gettysburg, Vicksburg….Each year we remember that July 4th stands for freedom and independence, the war’s bloodiest battle at Gettysburg, and the day Vicksburg fell to Grant. On July 4 of every year Americans gather to shoot fireworks, eat barbecue, listen to “patriotic” speeches and celebrate the birth of their country unaware that the union of our Founders was laid to rest at Appomattox Court House in 1865. The Founder’s union was altered through an act of violence, bloodshed and subjugation, and its stated purpose for existences in 1788, when the constitution was ratified, was dealt a death blow. In all reality, we are celebrating a country that no longer exists.The Texas Regiments, aka "Hood's Texas Brigade" under the leadership of Generals Robert E. Lee, John Bell Hood, and Jerome B. Robertson, fought in the bloody battle of Gettysburg on July 2nd and 3rd, 1863.
August - Honors Second Manassas, fought August 28–30, 1862. 15 August 2017, Joe Owen, Hood's Texas Brigade at Sharpsburg
September - Honors the battles of Harper’s Ferry, Chickamauga, and Lee’s decision to march toward Maryland.
October - Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg launched an invasion of the key border state of Kentucky, hoping to divert Union attention from the Southern strongholds at Vicksburg and Chattanooga, and 12 October, 1870 General Robert E. Lee died. He is buried in Lexington Virginia.
November - Hood’s Officer Elections and the month to honor Veterans Day and officially correct the inaccuracies and false history of Lincoln’s legacy and his invasion of our homeland.
December - Camp Confederate Christmas Dessert Party to honor Hood’s Battle of Nashville, where he was outnumbered 55K to 30K; also, Battles of Fredericksburg, Stones River, Fort Fisher, and Parkers Crossroads. 6 December, 1889 President Jefferson Davis died. President Davis was buried in New Orleans Louisiana. In 1893 he was interred in Richmond Virginia.