Welcome to the official website of the Army of Trans Mississippi, Sons of Confederate Veterans. The term Army of Trans Mississippi can be confusing both historically and today. It encompasses much more than just the states that border the Mississippi River. The Army of Trans Mississippi stretches all the way from the mighty Mississippi River out to the shores of the Pacific Ocean and beyond. Even though we have the largest territory in the Confederation and are spread out all over, We are busy doing the business of protecting and promoting our heritage.
Today the Sons of Confederate Veterans is divided into three armies. This is for organizational and administrative purposes and to better serve our membership. Just as it did then, the Army of Trans Mississippi includes several states called Divisions. The States included in the Army of Trans Mississippi are Louisiana, Arkansas. Texas. Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, California, Oregon, Iowa, Washington, Alaska and Australia, yes, even Australia.
To be a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans one must be at least twelve (12) years of age and the male descendent of a Confederate Veteran. One need not be from or even live in the South to be a member. In fact, there were men from the North and foreign countries who fought for the Confederacy.
There is also confusion as to what the Sons of Confederate Veterans is and what our goals are. We are just as our name states, a veteranís organization. Our ancestors knew that there would be no future Confederate Veterans to carry on for them. That is why they placed the defense of their cause and the preservation of our heritage into the hands of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. On April 25, 1906 at New Orleans, Louisiana. General Stephen Dill Lee gave us our charge:
"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 you love also, and those ideas which made him glorious and which you also cherish..."
At this time, we are an organization with over 30,000 descendants of Confederate Veterans, a few of our members are actual "Real" sons of a Confederate Soldier. As the current Commander of the Army of Trans Mississippi, I am here to assist you in any way as you join the Sons of Confederate Veterans and this Army. If you do not live in the aforementioned states there are the two other Armies, the Army of Tennessee and the Army of Northern Virginia.
Please view other areas of our web site and consider joining the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Doing so will help us tell the true history of our ancestors and our heritage. Remember, these men are your blood family. Don't let others rewrite their story. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas or concerns that you might have. I look forward to the honor of meeting you and shaking your hand. Welcome to the Army of Trans Mississippi, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Milton Todd Owens
Commander, Army of Trans Mississippi, Sons of Confederate Veterans