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Copyright © 2011.  All Rights Reserved.  Norfolk County Grays, Camp #1549, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Officers - Norfolk County Grays, Camp #1549

Bob Shirley ...................Camp Commander                           



Kenzy Joyner .................Camp Color Sergeant                           



Sean Goodman ................Camp Adjutant                              



Frank B. Earnest ................Camp Public Relations Officer, Past Cmdr. Army of Northern Virginia, and Camp Lt. Commander                           



Lonnie Wenger ..............Camp Treasurer



William Mixon ........Camp Chaplain

The Norfolk County Grays Camp #1549 - Welcome!


The Norfolk County Grays, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #1549, was chartered on April 8, 1991.  As stated in Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee’s charge to the United Confederate Veterans, we strive to uphold the good name of the Confederate soldier, guard his history, emulate his virtues, and perpetuate his principles and ideals. We actively participate in defending the display of Confederate Flags, in restoring and preserving Confederate graves and memorials, and in defending our beloved heritage from today’s politically correct scrutiny.  The Norfolk County Grays Camp was created in the spirit of the Jackson Greys, 61st Va. Infantry, Co. A.  The Jackson Greys were an honorable group of local soldiers from Norfolk County, which formerly encompassed parts of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake, Virginia.  To learn more about the history of the Jackson Greys follow this link:  History of the Jackson Greys  


The Sons of Confederate Veterans is not a hate group and does not knowingly allow anyone with ties to hate groups to join.  The SCV has removed, and will remove, any member who expresses racist sentiments.  Loving the South and defending its culture, symbols, and heritage DOES NOT MEAN HATE.  Many SCV members are descendents of a varied cross section of descendents of the old south including, but not limited to, Native-American, African-American, Asian-American, Jewish, and Christian Confederates.  These groups’ contributions to Southern culture have made the South a beautiful and unique region.  To deny their descendents membership in our organization would betray our principles and the very ancestors we honor.  We welcome all descendants of Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines or those who materially aided the South in its struggle for independence.  

Likewise, we welcome you to our web site and hope you enjoy learning more about our Camp and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact us using the links above or by navigating to the Contact Us page.  Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!


The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States


I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation

under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


The Salute to the Flag of Virginia


I salute the Flag of Virginia with reverence and patriotic devotion to the “Mother of States and Statesmen” which it

represents, the “Old Dominion,” where liberty and independence were born.


The Salute to the Confederate Flag


I salute the Confederate Flag with affection, reverence, and undying devotion to the Cause for which it stands.


What is the SCV?


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.


The SCV has ongoing programs at the local, state, and national levels which offer members a wide range of activities.  Preservation work, marking Confederate Solders' graves, historical re-enactments, scholarly publications, and regular meetings to discuss the military and political history of the War Between the States are only a few of the activities sponsored by local units, called camps.


All state organizations, know as Divisions, hold annual conventions, and many publish regular newsletters to the membership dealing with statewide issues.  Each Division has a corps of officers elected by the membership who coordinate the work of camps and the national organization.


Nationally, the SCV is governed by its members acting through elected delegates to the annual convention.  The General Executive Council, composed of elected and appointed officers, conducts the organization's business between conventions.  The administrative work of the SCV is conducted at the national headquarters, "Elm Springs" a restored ante-bellum home at Columbia, Tennessee.


In addition to the privilege of belonging to an organization devoted exclusively to commemorating and honoring Confederate soldiers, members are eligible for other benefits.  Every member receives the Confederate Veteran, the bi-monthly national magazine which contains in-depth historical articles on the war along with news affecting Southern heritage.  The programs of the SCV range from assistance to undergraduate students through the General Stand Watie Scholarship to medical research grants given through the Brooks Fund. National historical symposiums, reprinting of rare historical books, and the erection of monuments are just a few of the other projects endorsed by the SCV.


The SCV works in conjunction with other historical groups to preserve Confederate history.  However, it is not affiliated with any other organization.  The SCV rejects any group whose actions tarnish or distort the image of the Confederate soldier or his reasons for fighting.


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 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 nation's cultural heritage will cease to exist.  If you are interested in learning more about joining the SCV click the link, Join the SCV.


Benefits of Membership




Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General,

United Confederate Veterans,

New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906




"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit 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 ideals 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."