Shreveport to head national Sons of Confederate Veterans

By John Andrew Prime • • July 27, 2008

A Shreveport educator has been elected national head of Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Charles "Chuck" McMichael, 51, was elected by acclamation July 19 at the heritage society’s 113th national reunion in Mount Pleasant, N.C. The group is the nation’s largest Confederate heritage organization, with more than 30,000 members throughout the United States and some foreign countries. His term of office is two years.

"I am honored and gratified by the trust that my compatriots have put in me," said McMichael, a 20-year veteran high school history and civics teacher in Caddo Parish schools.

As the group’s commander, McMichael will lead efforts to commemorate and memorialize the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the Civil War, also called the War Between the States.

"The 150th anniversary of South Carolina’s secession from the Union will occur in December 2010, not long after McMichael has stepped down from the position," a release from the group states. "For the next four years, the nation will remember the numerous events, figures and battles from the bloody struggle that lasted from 1861 to 1865."

One of SCV’s overall goals for the next several years will be to ensure the Southern perspective is included in the anniversary events and the information presented to the public, McMichael said. The work for that must begin now, he said.

"One overall goal will be working to prepare for the sesquicentennial of the Cause for Southern Independence to make sure the true history is presented to the people. And in all instances and everywhere uphold the honor of our Confederate heritage."

McMichael has held numerous offices in SCV since joining the organization in 1994. Before becoming its commander, he was a councilman with the Army of Trans-Mississippi, a section of SCV covering the states west of the Mississippi River, and commander of SCV’s Louisiana Division, which covers this state.

Married and father of one son, he has been active in assisting people research their Civil War heritage without regard to national origin or color, and was instrumental in placing monuments and markers on the graves of Civil War veterans, including Union Army Capt. and former Louisiana Lt. Gov. C.C. Antoine.

Sons of Confederate Veterans is the successor of United Confederate Veterans and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Va., in 1896, it serves as a historical, patriotic and nonpolitical organization and has its headquarters in Columbia, Tenn.

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