Last Saturday I started a series of posts on Civil War heritage groups. Our first group was the Sons of Confederate Veterans. If you missed it you can read about them here.
This week we’ll talk about the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865. I’ve been a member for almost 15 years.
The aim of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 (DUVCW) is to preserve Civil War Heritage while honoring our Civil War ancestors. We do this through education and participating in events that commemorate the memory of our ancestors who served.
Membership is open to all women who are a direct descendant 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.
Eligibility is through lineal descent only. Applicants do need to furnish a complete war record of their ancestor and proof of descent.
Local groups are known as “tents” to recognize our veteran ancestors who “tented up” at the end of the day and each tent is named after a prominent Union Civil War era woman. I belong to ‘Lizabeth A Turner Tent #23.
The goal of today’s tents is to preserve, honor and remember the service of our Civil War ancestors and promote patriotism whenever possible.
The tents in a state belong to that state’s Department. So my Lizabeth A Turner tent belongs to the Ohio Dept. Ohio has eleven tents. There’s a yearly convention for each Dept. and a national convention held yearly as well.
My tent has about 6 meetings a year and we’re involved in a variety of events. We participate in our city’s Memorial Day parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony, we host a Food Drive for our local Veterans Pantry, we have a yearly display at our public library, we attend Flag Day and Veterans Day services, not to mention the various Civil War related events we’ve attended during the sesquicentennial and so on. In fact there’s a campfire at my house next week!
I’ve loved my time as a member of the DUVCW so much that I’ve been president of my local tent (click for website) and president of our state organization (click for website) as well. If you can join I really recommend it. Meetings are a fun time with like-minded women.
Check out the national 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?