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We’d be honored if y’all would take a few minutes to look over this website of the William H. L. Wells Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Plano, Collin County, Texas. Headquartered in Columbia, Tennessee, the SCV is a national fraternal organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of the Confederate States and the men who fought honorably for its independence and states’ rights as set forth in the U. S. Constitution. It is not a political or commercial organization in any way. We do not support or oppose any candidates for any offices.  We are not a part of any movement, and we do not have a political agenda.


The SCV evolved out of the United Confederate Veterans organization in 1896. It is a non-profit organization that is financed almost entirely by membership dues and occasional sales of small commemorative items.  We sometimes support and cooperate with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, but we have no formal ties to that organization or any other.


Membership is open to any male descendant, fourteen years or older, of any veteran of Confederate military service. That Confederate veteran need not be a direct blood ancestor such as a great-great-great-grandfather; collateral ancestors such as great-great-great-uncles will do just as well. Both men, who are sympathetic to our ideals but can not provide proof of Confederate ancestors, and women may participate in our activities as Friends of the SCV. Those activities include, among others, parades, memorial services, grave/monument dedications, color guard presentations, gun salutes, and battle reenactments.


The national SCV organization is organized into “divisions” which correspond to modern-day state boundaries. Divisions are further subdivided into “brigades” which comprehend multiple contiguous counties. The membership in a single  municipality constitutes a “camp.” Most counties are home to a single camp, but there is no objection to a county having two or more. Our camp is a part of the 4th Brigade of the Texas Division which includes Collin, Dallas, Kaufman, Rockwall, Denton, Grayson, and Fannin Counties in North Central Texas. Monthly camp meetings are held in Plano (Parker Road and Alpha), the largest city in Collin County.


Bikers, please take note: We also have an active, semi-autonomous SCV Mechanized Cavalry unit (1st Battalion, Company C) affiliated with our brigade. The Mech-Cav elects its own officers and conducts its own monthly meetings. Membership is available to members of the 4th Brigade, including, of course, the William Wells Camp. We don’t care what y’all ride—all motorcycles are welcome.


If y’all have an interest in 19th century American history and enjoy social interactions with others who do, please feel free to peruse this website and join us at our next monthly get-together in Plano. Our meeting site is at Mama Jenny’s Diner at 910 W. Parker Road, Suite 101, in Plano. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month with the single exception of December. Some of us like to get there early and chow down about 6:00 PM, so come on; the meeting starts at 7:00, and we’re usually outta there by 8:30 or so.  We’d be proud to have y’all.