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About the UDC

The National Association of the Daughters of the Confederacy was organized in Nashville, Tennessee, September 10, 1894, by Mrs. Caroline Meriwether Goodlett, of Nashville and Mrs. Anna Davenport Raines, of Georgia. When the organization held its second meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1895, the name of the organization was changed 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 objectives of the Society are historical, benevolent, educational, memorial and patriotic to (1) honor the memory of those who served and those who fell in the service of the Confederate States; (2) to protect, preserve and mark the places made historic by Confederate valor; (3) to collect and preserve the material for a truthful history of the War Between the States; (4) to record the part taken by Southern Women in patient endurance of hardship and patriotic devotion during the struggle, and in untiring efforts after the war during the reconstruction of the South; (5) to fulfill the sacred duty of benevolence toward the survivors and toward those dependent upon them; (6) to assist descendants of worthy Confederates in securing proper education; (7) to cherish the ties of friendship among the members of the Organization.

The emblem of the United Daughters of the Confederacy is a five-pointed star with superimposed cotton boll. One word of the motto is on the tip of each point: “THINK, LOVE, PRAY, DARE, LIVE.”

The Insignia of the United Daughters of the Confederacy is the First National Flag (Stars and Bars) of the Confederacy surrounded by a laurel wreath with the letters “UDC” under the flag, tied with a ribbon on which are the dates “1861-1865.”


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