Bluford M. Sims Camp 1630

Ocoee, Florida

The Captain Bluford M. Sims Camp 1630 is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. It is named for Captain Bluford Marion Sims who was in Thomas Legion during the war and afterwards an early settler of Ocoee, Florida.

Deo Vendice!

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"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,
United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906.

Position Statement

Capt. Bluford M. Sims Camp 1630, Ocoee, Florida
Sons of Confederate Veterans

The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is a national hereditary organization founded in 1896. Membership is open to any male at least 12 years old who can document that he is descended from a Confederate veteran who served honorably during the War Between the States. We are not a hate group. We do not condone hatred nor do we welcome such people among us.

We are the true heirs to the Confederate battle flag. Born from the confusion of battle, the flag was a rallying point for Southern armies and a booster of morale. It has long been a symbol of Southern pride. As has happened with other symbols in the past, it has been usurped by people that stand for hatred and white supremacy. We denounce these people and abhor the use of our flag in such a manner. We fly it with pride, dignity and with malice toward no one.

We are deeply saddened and reject the ideas espoused by some that our Confederate heroes were traitors and should not be honored with monuments in public places. At the time of the conflict the Constitution did not prohibit a state from leaving the Union, therefore there was no treason. We honor and remember these men who did their duty as they saw it and we believe that their decision to remain loyal to their respective states cannot be judged in a present day context.

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