Federal Laws pertaining to the Confederacy
Confederate Veterans are American Veterans.... By Law
The United States Government Honors Confederate Veterans and the
For those who believe that the Confederate States of America and the
men and women who pledged allegiance to that constitutionally
established government and spilled their blood and treasure in its
defense are somehow illegitimate and not worthy of honor and protection
by the American government, below are those laws and proclamations
honoring them and their service and which proclaim that they were equal
in honor and worthiness to those who served the Federal cause. Such
official proclamations by the Government of the United States removes
all claims against the Confederacy and those who served it and protects,
defends and honors their symbols, monuments and heroes. In other words,
the current assault upon all things Confederate is contrary to the laws
of the United States of America and must be resisted vigorously.
Congressional Act of 9 March 1906 ~ We Honor Our Fallen Ancestors
(P.L. 38, 59th Congress, Chap. 631-34 Stat. 56)
This act authorized the furnishing of headstones for the graves of
Confederates who died, primarily in Union prison camps and were buried
in Federal cemeteries. Remarks: This act formally reaffirmed Confederate
soldiers as military combatants with legal standing. It granted
recognition to deceased Confederate soldiers commensurate with the
status of deceased Union soldiers.
U.S. Public Law 810, Approved by 17th Congress 26 February 1929
(45 Stat 1307 - Currently on the books as 38 U.S. Code, Sec. 2306)
This law, passed by the U.S. Congress, authorized the "Secretary of
War to erect headstones over the graves of soldiers who served in the
Confederate Army and to direct him to preserve in the records of the War
Department the names and places of burial of all soldiers for whom such
headstones shall have been erected."
Remarks: This act broadened the scope of recognition further for all
Confederate soldiers to receive burial benefits equivalent to Union
soldiers. It authorized the use of U.S. government (public) funds to
mark Confederate graves and record their locations.
U.S. Public Law 85-425: Sec. 410 Approved 23 May 1958
Iron Cross (US Statutes at Large Volume 72, Part 1, Page 133-134)
The Administrator shall pay to each person who served in the
military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the
Civil War a monthly pension in the same amounts and subject to the same
conditions as would have been applicable to such person under the laws
in effect on December 31, 1957, if his service in such forces had been
service in the military or naval forces of the United States.
Remarks: While this was only a gesture since the last Confederate
veteran died in 1958, it is meaningful in that only fifty-seven years
ago, the Congress of the United States saw fit to consider Confederate
soldiers as equivalent to U.S. soldiers for service benefits. This final
act of reconciliation was made almost one hundred years after the
beginning of the war and was meant as symbolism more than substantive
Additional Note of Critical History: Under current U.S. Federal
Code, Confederate Veterans are equivalent to Union Veterans.
This reconciliation period[*] led up to the Congressional Act of 9
March 1906, U.S. Public Law 810 Approved by 17th Congress 26 February
1929, and the final crown of reconciliation with U.S. Public Law 85-425:
Sec. 410 Approved 23 May 1958. [*known as The Grand Bargain~ Editor]
By the President of the United States of America ~
The years 1961 to 1965 will mark the one-hundredth anniversary of
the American Civil War.
That war was America's most tragic experience. But like most truly
great tragedies, it carries with it an enduring lesson and a profound
inspiration. It was a demonstration of heroism and sacrifice by men and
women of both sides who valued principle above life itself and whose
devotion to duty is a part of our Nation's noblest tradition.
Both sections of our now magnificently reunited country sent into
their armies men who became soldiers as good as any who ever fought
under any flag. Military history records nothing finer than the courage
and spirit displayed at such battles as Chickamauga, Antietam, Kennesaw
Mountain, and Gettysburg. That America could produce men so valiant and
so enduring is a matter for deep and abiding pride.
The same spirit on the part of the people at home supported and
strengthened those soldiers through four years of great trial. That a
Nation which contained hardly more than thirty million people, North and
South together, could sustain six hundred thousand deaths without
faltering is a lasting testimonial to something unconquerable in the
American spirit. And that a transcending sense of unity and larger
common purpose could, in the end, cause the men and women who had
suffered so greatly to close ranks once the contest ended and to go on
together to build a greater, freer, and happier America must be a source
of inspiration as long as our country may last.
By a joint resolution approved on September 7, 1957 (71 Stat. 626),
the Congress established the Civil War Centennial Commission to prepare
plans and programs for the nationwide observances of the one-hundredth
anniversary of the Civil War, and requested the President to issue
proclamations inviting the people of the United States to participate in
Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United
States of America, do hereby invite all of the people of our country to
take a direct and active part in the Centennial of the Civil War.
I request all units and agencies of government--Federal, State, and
local--and their officials to encourage, foster, and participate in
Centennial observances. And I especially urge our Nation's schools and
colleges, its libraries and museums, its churches and religious bodies,
its civic, service, and patriotic organizations, its learned and
professional societies, its arts, sciences, and industries, and its
informational media, to plan and carry out their own appropriate
Centennial observances during the years 1961 to 1965; all to the end of
enriching our knowledge and appreciation of this momentous chapter in
our Nation's history and of making this memorable period truly a
Centennial for all Americans.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal
of the United States of America to be affixed.
DONE at the City of Washington this sixth day of December in the
year of our Lord nineteen hundred and sixty, and of the Independence of
the United States of America the one hundred and eighty-fifth.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
By the President:
CHRISTIAN A. HERTER, Secretary of State