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The Caroline Meriwether Goodlett Library

Historical   ~   Educational   ~   Benevolent   ~   Memorial   ~   Patriotic


UDC Business Office, 328 North Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220-4009
Phone:804-355-1636 Fax:804-353-1396
121st Annual General Convention Call is posted on Calendar of Events

            September Issue

      President General Message

              Jamie Likins

       

From July 16-July 19, the General Children of the Confederacy held their 66th Annual Convention in Texarkana, AR. The Memorial Service was at the First Presbyterian Church, built in 1904.

          Historic Washington State Park, formerly known as “Old Washington,” enlightened us to the history of this pioneer settlement along the famous Arkansas Southwest Trail where Sam Houston, Davy Crockett and James Bowie traveled. It was exciting to be at the same blacksmith shop where the famous “Bowie knife” was made.  The Park also has the oldest Methodist Church in Arkansas where Union bullet holes can still be seen and the largest magnolia tree.

          We had our picture made at the famous “State Line Sign” where half of us were in Texas and the other half in Arkansas and laid the Memorial Wreath at the beautiful Confederate Monument.

          Congratulations to CofC President General Jessica Sizemore and her General Officers.  Thank you, Paige Wallnofer, for being my special Page throughout the convention. A very special thanks to Historian General Mary Jackson, her husband Jack Jackson and Ralph Widowski for transporting me to the convention from Shreveport and to Vice President General Pam Trammell, Convention Chair, who drove me back to Shreveport.      

          From August 17th-23rd, VPG Pam Trammell and I spent the week at the Business Office.  While I was taking care of many business matters, Pam was busy setting up the furniture for our “Magnolia Room,” furnished generously by our General CofC.  The room contains all of our UDC supplies ready for purchase as well as displays featuring merchandise pertaining to our Confederacy and our Southland.  We hope you will be pleasantly surprised at the new layout when you see it at our Memorial Tea.

          When meeting with Stephen Bonadies, Deputy Director for Collections at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Dr. Beth O’Leary, guest curator, we toured the ongoing preservation and rehabilitation of the Robinson House, an Italianate structure built circa 1850.  When completed in the Fall of 2015, it will serve as a regional tourism center with plans to display the history of the site as a farm and its role as a key facility for the R. E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers’ Home for 56 years. It has been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

          Members surely love our Sesquicentennial plate as almost half of the numbered 300 limited editions have already been sold.  If you are attending General in November, you can purchase one for $100 and save the $15 shipping cost.  For those who love “bling,” Sesquicentennial charms will be available in the states’ shapes with date they seceded from the Union.

“United We Stand”

August President General Message
 


Memorial Building Unexpected Expenses
 

          Front Brick Walkway           Left Brick Walkway

   At the 2013 Spring Board, we experienced a drain problem in the men’s bathroom and this year at Spring Board, the ladies bathroom and the kitchen plumbing required extensive repair and replacement of pipes. Since the Commonwealth of Virginia would not allow us to lay the pipe in a less expensive route, it necessitated our brick walkway in front of the building being torn up and redone    (Remember, we own the land where our Memorial Building is built, but do not own the land around our building.) The old pipes were terra cotta and crumbled forcing us to replace everything.

   The total cost of repairing and replacing both the drainage system and our brick walkway will be over $70,000.00. We are asking for donations, which are tax deductible, to offset these expenses and all donors’ names will be published in our magazine under three categories:

$1,000- General
$500 – Lieutenant
$100 – Private

We have a beautiful Memorial Building and we want to ensure it remains so.
 


Sesquicentennial Plate

  
   Our beautiful Sesquicentennial Plate will soon be available at a cost of $115.00 each. This price includes a commemorative box and shipping and handling. Limited numbered edition of 300 plates will be produced. These plates will be available for sale through 2015.

   They may be pre-ordered with checks made
out to “Treasurer General UDC” and please
note on check “Sesquicentennial Plate(s)”.

   The cream rimmed plate is a gold custom
design created to commemorate the
Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States. Cotton bolls and magnolias, both symbols of the South, surround the center tribute to the Great Seal of the Confederacy.

 


The United Daughters of the Confederacy is the outgrowth of many local memorial, monument, and Confederate home associations and auxiliaries to camps of United Confederate Veterans that were organized after the War Between the States. It is the oldest patriotic organization in our country because of its connection with two statewide organizations that came into existence as early as 1890 -- the Daughters of the Confederacy (DOC) in Missouri and the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Confederate Soldiers Home in Tennessee.

The National Association of the Daughters of the Confederacy was organized in Nashville, Tenn., on September 10, 1894, by founders Mrs. Caroline Meriwether Goodlett of Nashville and Mrs. Anna Davenport Raines of Georgia. At its second meeting in Atlanta, Ga., in 1895, the Organization changed its name to the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The United Daughters of the Confederacy was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia on July 18, 1919.
The objects of the organization are Historical, Educational, Benevolent, Memorial and Patriotic:

  • To collect and preserve the material necessary for a truthful history of the War Between the States and to protect, preserve, and mark the places made historic by Confederate valor
  • To assist descendants of worthy Confederates in securing a proper education
  • To fulfill the sacred duty of benevolence toward the survivor of the War and those dependent upon them
  • To honor the memory of those who served and those who fell in the service of the Confederate States of America
  • To record the part played during the War by Southern women, including their patient endurance of hardship, their patriotic devotion during the struggle, and their untiring efforts during the post-War reconstruction of the South
  • To cherish the ties of friendship among the members of the Organization

Membership is open to women no less than 16 years of age who are blood descendants, lineal or collateral, of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America, or gave Material Aid to the Cause. If you are interested in joining, please fill out our contact form below.

150  Years


This updated web page is a project of the "150 Years of Remembrance Committee"
to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States.

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