Sul Ross Chapter #184
San Antonio , Texas , U.S.A.
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General Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross
The Military Order of the Stars and Bars is unique among Confederate heritage groups in that it is the only such organization actually founded by Confederate officers. On August 30, 1938, fifteen Confederate officers, twenty-six sons and twenty-one grandsons of Confederate officers came together in Columbia, South Carolina, to launch the MOS&B. Included in this group were the sons and grandsons of six general officers, including General-in-Chief Robert E. Lee. Subsequently the sons and grandsons of an additional thirteen general officers also joined the Order. The Order invites lineal descendants of qualifying Confederate officers and those with collateral relationships to Confederate officers or officials to join us.
The fraternal Military Order of the Stars & Bars, a non-profit 501(c) 3, non-political educational, historical, patriotic, and heritage group is dedicated to the preservation of Southern history and remains the only heritage organization actually founded by Confederate veterans. A wide range of programs have been added to recognize outstanding contributions in the fields of history, fine arts and journalism. College scholarships are offered to worthy candidates to emphasize the need for truth in Confederate history. Prestigious literary prizes are awarded to authors and publishing houses. Monuments are being erected to the CSA soldiers. Journalists who practice ethical and fair reporting of local and Southern history are recognized. An emphasis is placed on American Patriotism and the honoring of all American veterans of all wars. The fraternal Military Order of the Stars & Bars assists in the organization of state societies in states where membership and interest justify them.
On June 10th, 1889, in New Orleans, Louisiana, a group of proud surviving soldiers of the Confederate States of America organized an association called the United Confederate Veterans. Its goals were to protect and defend the honor and dignity of the memory of the Confederate soldier. As the ranks of the aged veterans of the UCV began to thin with the passage of time, a group of the surviving Confederate officers met in Columbia, South Carolina on August 30th, 1938 to discuss their concerns that the unique contributions made by the Confederate leadership were not properly chronicled in our nation's history books. They felt a particular duty fell to them as members of the Officers Corp.
This first meeting of what they named the "Order of the Stars & Bars" was convened with a great deal of enthusiasm by seventeen former Confederate officers as well as an additional forty-seven male descendants of Confederate officers in attendance. These dedicated men were unanimous in voting to begin a new CSA veteran society that would hold annual meetings. The OSB was unique in that the organization was made up of veterans and their descendants with the understanding that as the original Confederate officers died that it was the sacred responsibility of their male offspring to continue to carry on the purposes of the Order.
The first Commander-in-Chief was Captain Homer Atkinson of Petersburg, Virginia. He served as the chief officer of the Order from the beginning until his death in 1945. In addition to commanding the new Order, Captain Atkinson also served two terms as Commander-in-Chief of the United Confederate Veterans.
Other successful leaders who later assumed the role of commander included Gen. Robert E. Lee's grandson Dr. George Bolling Lee. Eligibility qualifications were later broadened to allow collateral male descendants of Confederate commissioned officers as well as of any elected or appointed member of the Confederate Government. This brought additional members and new vigorous leadership to the Brotherhood.
The name of the Order was changed to "The Military Order of the Stars & Bars" at the 39th General Convention held in Memphis, Tennessee in 1976. The first National Flag of the Confederate States of America, the Stars and Bars was accepted as the official insignia of the Order and the commanding officer title was changed to Commander General of the Military Order of the Star and Bars.
About San Antonio
San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States of America and the second most populous city in the state of Texas, with a population of 1.3 million. It was the fastest growing of the top 10 largest cities in the United States from 2000-2010. The city is located in the American Southwest, the south-central part of Texas, and the southwestern corner of an urban region known as the Texas Triangle. The Texas Triangle is anchored by the metropolitan areas of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Austin and is connected by a highway system Interstate 45, Interstate 10, and Interstate 35 that forms up a 60,000-square-mile triangle when connected. Additional cities in the region include Bryan-College Station, Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, and Waco. San Antonio serves as the seat of Bexar County, Texas.
San Antonio was named for Saint Anthony of Padua (he is sometimes called the "Evangelical Doctor" (Doctor Evangelicus), whose feast day is on June 13. In 1691, a group of Spanish explorers and missionaries came upon the San Antonio River Valley in the San Pedro Springs area on June 13, the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, and named the place and river "San Antonio" in Saint Anthony's honor. Early Spanish settlement of San Antonio began with the Martin de Alarcon expedition and the establishment of the San Antonio de Valero Mission (now the Alamo). Famous for historical Spanish missions, the Alamo, the River Walk, the Tower of the Americas, and host to SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme parks, the city is visited by approximately 26 million tourists per year. The city is home to the four-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, one of the largest in the country. San Antonio is home to five Fortune 500 companies and the South Texas Medical Center, the major medical research facility in the South Texas region.
San Antonio is a popular tourist destination. The River Walk meanders through the Downtown area. It was one of the first restorations of an urban river. Lined with numerous shops, bars, and restaurants, this attraction is transformed into an impressive festival of lights during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, and is suffused with the local sounds of folklorico and flamenco music during the summer, particularly during celebrations such as the Fiesta Noche del Rio. In April, San Antonio is famous for its Fiesta Battle of Flowers Parade and the Fiesta Flambeau Parade. The Flambeau Parade is one of the largest night parades in the country.
The Sul Ross Chapter of the Military Order of Stars & Bars has Chapter meetings every six months and welcomes those who are interested in documenting their ancestry from their lineal and collateral Confederate Officer ancestors. Military Order of Stars & Bars members from other locations are very welcome to make reservations for and come to visit our meetings. It's a great excuse to come and visit San Antonio !
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