Pickett Chapter MOSB #115
Richmond, Virginia
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When the War for Southern Independence erupted in 1861, the political and military leaders of the United States were forced to remain loyal to the Union or join the newly-formed Confederate States of America. Almost without exception Southerners chose to side with the Southern Confederacy. For four long years of warfare, deprivation, and sacrifice, the elected officials and the Confederate Officer Corps provided unparalleled leadership for a country hopelessly outnumbered militarily and lacking sufficient resources to carry out successful warfare. Historians have since expressed admiration and amazement at the tenacity of purpose and the spiritual resolve of the Southern people and their leaders. Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and Raphael Semmes are but a few of the men whose names have become synonymous with courage, honor, and perseverance. On the political end of the spectrum, men like Jefferson Davis, Stephen A. Mallory, James M. Mason, Zebulon B. Vance, John Reagan, and Judah P. Benjamin are classic examples of civilian leaders who kept the Southern nation afloat against over- powering obstacles. Confederate officials and officers led from the front, not from the rear! Not surprisingly, Confederate generals had a 50% higher casualty rate in battle than did privates.

As the ranks of the aged veterans began to thin, a group of the surviving Confederate officers met in Columbia, South Carolina, concerned that the unique contributions made by the Confederate leadership were not properly chronicled in our nation's history books. On August 30, 1938, the first meeting of the "Order of the Stars & Bars" was convened with seventeen former Confederate officers and forty-seven male descendants of Confederate officers in attendance. It was unique in that the organization was made up of veterans and their descendants with the understanding that as the original Confederate officers died their offspring would continue to carry on the purposes of the Order. The first Commander-in-Chief was Captain Homer Atkinson, of Petersburg, Virginia, who served his country as the commanding officer of Company B of the 39th Mississippi Battalion. In addition to leading the Order, Compatriot Atkinson served two terms as Commander-in-Chief of the United Confederate Veterans. In later years, eligibility qualifications were broadened to allow collateral male descendants of Confederate commissioned officers and of any elected or appointed member of the Executive Branch of the Confederate Government. The name of the Order was changed to "The Military Order of the Stars & Bars" at the general convention held at Memphis, Tennessee, in 1976, and the "Stars and Bars", the first National Flag of the Confederate States of America was accepted as the symbol of the Order.

Today the Military Order of the Stars & Bars continues its dedication to the preservation of Southern history. A wide range of programs has been added to recognize outstanding literary contributions in the fields of history and journalism. Scholarships and monetary awards are offered to emphasize the need for truth in Confederate history. The Order also emphasizes family and tradition and encourages our membership to preserve their family's Confederate history for posterity. Each MOS&B membership application becomes a permanent historical record and is kept on file at national headquarters so that our descendants can continue our pride in our Confederate heritage.

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Membership in the Military Order of the Stars & Bars is limited to male descendants, either lineal or collateral, of the Confederate Officer Corps, members of the Confederate Congress, or any elected or appointed member of the Executive Branch of the Confederate Government. All members must be at least twelve years old. Ancestral documentation must accompany all applications for membership.
The Pickett Chapter holds two regular membership meetings a year in Richmond. The Chapter also participates in grave markings, monument dedications and ceremonies honoring our Confederate heroes.


Commander -
Conway B. Moncure
Lt. Commander - Harry J. Boyd
Adjutant - L. Taylor Cowardin
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