I bring you greetings from the Military Order of the Stars and Bars. We are the only current Confederate heritage organization founded by actual Confederate Veterans. In 1938 in Columbia, South Carolina, former Confederate Officers formed the Military Order of the Stars and Bars to honor the Confederate Officer Corps and the government officials of the Confederacy. Present at that meeting were fifteen former Confederate Officers as well as sons and grandsons of other Confederate Officers. Our members are all lineal or collateral descendants from these two groups. A large number 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.
Initially, membership was limited to direct descendants only. Subsequently, the membership requirements were revised 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 our 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 mindful of the hundreds of thousands of 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. We also strive to work side by side with other Confederate heritage organizations including the Sons of Confederate Veterans to preserve our rich Confederate heritage and history. Deo Vindice!
Byron E. Brady
Military Order of the Stars and Bars