The Military Order of the Stars and Bars was founded in 1938 to honor the Confederate Officer Corps and the government officials of the Confederacy. Our members are all lineal or collateral descendants from these two groups. The majority of our members have also served in the armed forces of the United States. We are loyal Americans whose mission is to honor our ancestors and our Southern heritage.
The Order was founded on August 30, 1938 at Columbia, South Carolina. Present at that meeting were fifteen former Confederate Officers as well as sons and grandsons of other Confederate Officers. Included in the latter group were the descendants of Robert E. Lee. Initially, membership was limited to direct descendants only. Subsequently, the membership requirements were liberalized to include any degree of collateral relationship as well. Thus, an “uncle”, “nephew”, or “cousin” relationship will qualify for membership under the collateral membership category.
Our website also shows our members’ various collateral relationships to Generals Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Nathan Bedford Forrest, JEB Stuart and President Jefferson Davis. Just click on Ancestors then on Collaterals .You just might find that you are also related to these famous Americans.
Each year the Order makes a point of giving back to society. We award college scholarships, and recognize outstanding teachers through our Teacher of the Year program. We recognize outstanding authors who write about our Southern heritage. We also donate money to other heritage organizations to help them with their own heritage projects.
We are currently in the last two years of the Sesquicentennial celebration to commemorate the War Between the States. We are mindful of the more than 600,000 individuals who died in this conflict as well as those who survived it. Our mission is to honor our ancestors who went to War and fought bravely for our cause. We are proud of our heritage and will continue our efforts to preserve it. Deo Vindice!
Wm. Howard Jones
Military Order of the Stars and Bars