You’ve found an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. You’ve done your research and have proven he did indeed serve in one of the thousands of state militia that participated in the conflict. Let’s say your ancestor fought for the Union and you are a woman. So what do you do now?
Join the Daughters of Union Veterans, of course!!! The purpose of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 (DUVCW) is to preserve Civil War Heritage while honoring our Civil War ancestry. We can do this by remembering and honoring the memory of our ancestors who served.
Membership is open to all daughters, granddaughters and all great granddaughters [etc.] of honorably discharged soldiers and sailors who served in the Union Army, Navy or Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service during 1861-1865, and those who died or were killed while serving in the armed services of the Union between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865, and who are at least eight years old, are eligible for membership.
Eligibility shall be through lineal descent only. You must furnish a complete war record of your ancestor.
The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, is the only Civil War lineal descent women’s organization genealogically based on lineal descent.
Hey it’s not as dry as that sounds! I’m a member! Your local group is known as a “tent” to honor our ancestors who “tented up” at the end of the day and each tent is named after a prominent Civil War era woman. I belong to ‘Lizabeth A Turner Tent #23. The goal of today’s tents are to preserve, honor and remember the service of our Civil War ancestors and promote patriotism whenever possible. Meetings are a fun time with like-minded women.
Not only have I been president of my local tent I have been president of our state organization as well. If you can join I really recommend it. Just check out the website. If you’re interested contact someone in your area or me. I’ll answer your questions or help in any way possible. If you don’t preserve the history of your Civil War ancestor who will? Be sure and make this a New Year’s resolution!
Now I know this post is directed toward women of Union veterans because I’m one and that’s what I know, but there are other organizations like Sons of Union Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Are you a member of one of these groups or one I have missed? Let me know in the comments. If your group honors our ancestry I’d really like to know about it! Heck, I may ask you to write a guest post for me!
Thanks for stopping in on this busy Civil War Saturday and good luck in your research!