Founded in 1938 in Columbia, SC, by Confederate veterans and their descendants, the Military Order of the Stars and Bars initially included only lineal descendants of Confederate officers. The membership has since expanded to embrace collateral relatives connected to Confederate officials.
Our website offers insight into our members' relationships with well-known figures such as Generals Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Nathan Bedford Forrest, JEB Stuart, and President Jefferson Davis. You can delve into our Genealogy Resources page to uncover potential familial ties.
Every year, we contribute to society by awarding college scholarships, recognizing stellar teachers through our Teacher of the Year program, and acknowledging authors who focus on Southern heritage. Additionally, we provide financial support to other organizations working on heritage projects.
We honor the nearly one million Americans impacted by the Civil War and are committed to upholding the principles that inspired the Confederate Cause. This includes recognizing the courage and resilience shown during the war and the ensuing reconstruction period.
Numerous members have also served in the U.S. armed forces. We remain loyal Americans who are devoted to preserving our Southern heritage and history, and we actively collaborate with other heritage organizations to this end.
Johnnie Lee Holley, Jr.
Military Order of the Stars and Bars
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