Os Confederados – Confederate Descendants in Brazil

Today’s post continues with the theme of how others around the world promote and maintain their culture. This time it is Confederate descendants living in Brazil.

The Os Confederados are the descendants of Southerners who left the military occupation of their homeland to seek a new life in Brazil. While they have, over the years, been largely absorbed into the Brazilian culture and people, they still preserve some of their Southern ancestry. In April 2009, I sent an email to the SCV camp in Brazil asking about the Os Confederados and wondering if it might be possible to duplicate what they have in Brazil over here in The South. Here is his response:

For one thing, it will be very difficult to replicate the Confederate Experience in Brazil elsewhere. For one thing, there are family bonds that are difficult to happen in the US. The community was tightly knit in the past for three reasons: their Confederate heritage, their language, and their religion. However, the main reason seems to be they had a common meeting place, which was also where they buried their dead relatives. It is hard to explain that it survived to this date for other reasons. And it also seems that they (we) are loosing the bonds for the following reasons:
1. There is very little left of the Confederate Heritage. They know very little about the War, and most do not know their lineage to their Confederate Veteran Ancestors.
2. No one speaks English any more due to their ancestors. I am one of the few last surviving descendants that learned English at home. This prevented our SCV Camp of having many members.
3. The religion has also turned into a majority of Catholics. There are still Protestant services, but to a less extent and with nearly no connection with the local Methodist, Baptist, and Presbiterian churches.

So, all that is left is a common place to meet. It has turned into a community group with the major objective of maintaining the Cemetery to avoid that it is taken over by the local city authorities and turned into a public cemetery.

I am sorry to state things so crudely, but they are the facts, and you are welcome to visit us and see for yourself.

My website is part of an attempt we engaged in with a group of SCV officials to revive the Confederate Heritage in the community, but the results fell very short from out expectations.

So, if you intend to use us as a benchmark, please be sure to make sure that you should adapt to your local conditions.

Kind regards,


Here are some more resources on the Os Confederados:

WashingtonTimes.com article

Associated Content article

University of North Texas article

About Stephen Clay McGehee

Born-Again Christian, Grandfather, husband, business owner, Southerner, aspiring Southern Gentleman. Publisher of The Confederate Colonel and The Southern Agrarian blogs. President/Owner of Adjutant Workshop, Inc., Vice President - Gather The Fragments Bible Mission, Inc. (Sierra Leone, West Africa), Webmaster - Military Order of The Stars and Bars, Kentucky Colonel.
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3 Responses to Os Confederados – Confederate Descendants in Brazil

  1. finishthagame says:

    Wow these are some awesome videos, this is a part of Confederate culture i did not know about, the first video gives me goosebumps, Deo Vindice.

  2. Michael D. Lucas says:

    May Dixie stay alive and the Confederate flag fly proudly. :) Heck, I’m from El Paso, TX and if all else fails, I’d love to retire in Brazil. :) Deo Vindice! I grew up in the Latino culture, I’m a Proud Descendant of a Brave Os Confederados Soldier! :)

  3. johnstevens says:

    I live in a suburb of Atlanta, GA now and am a member of stone mountain camp 1432.SCV My ancestors have been Southern before there was a united states, rebel in Scotland before that.

    In fact they served in the continental army with Gen Washington in the confederate army with gen lee. Army Northern Virginia
    I watched the short films on this website and was so very proud to see the South as I recall, I’m 77 years young.
    If I can ever scrape up plane fare, I would like to visit, possibly relocate to Brazil.

    Yours in the faith.

    John Stevens
    Decatur, GA

    218 e trinity pl apt 819 web johnstevens090@clear.net
    Decatur,Ga 30030
    tel :404 663 4750

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