"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."
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander
General of the United Confederate Veterans.
As quoted in the Minutes of the Sixteenth Annual Meeting
and Reunion of the United Confederate Veterans.
Held in the City of New Orleans, LA;
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 25th, 26th, and 27th 1906