An Honorary Society for the Preservation of Southern Heritage


Membership in the ‘Order of the Southern Cross’ is open to all male descendants (direct or collateral) of any honorably serving Confederate soldier, sailor, marine or member of the civil government. Proof of descent is required, however, membership in the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, Sons of Confederate Veterans, or any other recognized Confederate Heritage Association is accepted as proof of ancestry.

As part of the application process, the prospective member must include with their application a check in the amount of $1,200.00. This money is invested in our Endowment Account from which only the interest is used to provide us with the funds necessary to make yearly financial grants to Confederate preservation projects. The’ Order of the Southern Cross’ is a recognized IRS 501(c)(3) organization and the $1,200.00 is considered a contribution and is deductible to the extent allowed by the law. If your application is not approved, the $1,200.00 contribution will be returned to you.

Each applicant’s information will be reviewed by the Membership Committee who will then forward their recommendations to the members for approval. Each application is voted on at the annual meeting of the ‘Order of the Southern Cross’. Full membership is bestowed when the inductee is sworn in and presented with his membership medallion and ribbon, lapel pin and membership certificate.

Annual dues are $35.00 per year following your first year of membership. These must be kept current in order to remain active in the organization.

The ‘Order of the Southern Cross’ meets annually, usually in the early fall. Our annual meetings are usually held in a location with strong ties to Confederate history, providing us with the opportunity to include historic tours and social events into the agenda.

The emphasis at our meetings is on fraternity and history, and every effort is made to ensure that the business conducted at these meetings relates directly to the business of this organization and the preservation of our Confederate Heritage.

We, the members of the ’Order of the Southern Cross’, are proud of the efforts we have made to preserve our Southern Heritage through our Grants and Educational Programs. If you would like to join us in our efforts by becoming a member, please contact us through the “Contact Us” link on this website.