Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865Last 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 sailorsDaughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865 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.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865My 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?

Sons Of Confederate Veterans

SCVToday we welcome guest author John L. Hasha. John is a member of the Sons Of Confederate Veterans and is going to tell us a bit about the group.

“The Sons of Confederate Veterans was founded on July 1, 1896 in Richmond, VA as heir to the original organization, the United Confederate Veterans. Membership is opened to men with either direct or collateral family ties to veterans who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces. Kinship must be documented genealogically. The minimum age for membership is 12 but there is no minimum age for Cadet membership.

The purpose of the SCV is to honor those who served, promote knowledge, and cultivate the ties of friendship that should exist among descendants of Confederate soldiers.

As of 2013, the SCV had 27,000+ members. The headquarters of the SCV is in Columbia, TN in a mansion called “Elm Springs” built in 1837.

The chapters of the SCV are called “camps”. Each camp is managed by required officers: Camp Commander (president); Lt. Commander (vice-present); Adjutant (treasurer); and Chaplin.

The camps are grouped into Divisions which are grouped into Departments. A Division may be subdivided into Brigades for administrative purposes.

Some Divisions have a ladies auxiliary called the “Order of the Confederate Rose” where Southern lineage is not required for membership.

The SCV also has a youth camp for boys and girls held annually called the “Sam Davis Youth Camp”.

The services of the SCV are: legal defense for Heritage violations; educating the public on Confederate history, genealogical research website hosting for camps; and leadership training.

Currently, the SCV is conducting fundraising to build a Confederate museum at Elm Springs.

An annual convention is held every July in a Southern city. The SCV has a bimonthly magazine called the “Confederate Veteran” that has been published since 1893.”

Sons of Confederate Veterans CA Division

Sons of Confederate Veterans CA Division

John L. Hasha
Camp Genealogist
James Iredell Wadell
Camp 1770
Orange County, CA

If you’d like further information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans check their website www.scv.org.

The website for John’s camp is www.californiascv.org/camp1770.html. On the camp website there will be links to the other CA camps and the CA Division newsletter and other links.

Thanks John for giving us some background information on the Sons of Confederate Veterans past and present!

Civil War Quick Tip

FBGenCircleLogo1Starting with tomorrow’s Civil War Saturday post I’m going to run a short series of articles on Civil War heritage groups. Groups like Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), Sons of Union Veterans (SUV), United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW), LGAR, Women’s Relief Corps (WRC), etc.

My aim is to let people know they exist and how to join them. The first three groups to be highlighted are Sons of Confederate Veterans, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War and United Daughters of the Confederacy. The SCV post will publish tomorrow.

If you’re a member of a Civil War heritage group not mentioned and would like to write a post about your organization contact me. I’d love to include any and all groups with roots dating back to the Civil War. I’ve already received a couple comments that folks weren’t aware these groups exist. Who knows your group may gain some new members!

Be sure to stop back for Civil War Saturday and we’ll see how the Civil War impacts lives today

P.S. I still need a post from a Son of Union Veterans! Can you help a girl out?

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If you’re interested in researching your Civil War ancestor’s story check out Ancestors In A Nation Divided – Kindle. Also in paperback. Great research help as you seek your veteran’s place in our country’s history.

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Civil War Saturday: No Letters, No Diary, No Problem!

Civil War envelope showing an eagle carrying an American flag in its claw and a serpent in its beak with motto "The early bird catches the worm" below Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print No known restrictions on publication

Civil War envelope showing an eagle carrying an American flag in its claw and a serpent in its beak with motto “The early bird catches the worm” below
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print No known restrictions on publication

Generally our ancestors, before enlisting in the Civil War, stayed within the local community. It’s been written that many men by 1861 had not travelled more than 25 miles from their place of birth. After volunteering these young men, most still teens, found themselves far from home. With a literacy rate high for the time period most young soldiers who could read and write wrote home often. They wanted to share with their family members their daily lives and longed for that same information from home. Many soldiers kept diaries right along with writing letters home. They documented battles, injuries, the inadequacies of camp life. Their words give us a first hand look at the days that tore our nation apart.

If you’re lucky the letters your Civil War ancestor wrote home were preserved by your great grandparents for future generations. Fragile and brittle you may have the penciled words of your Civil War ancestor’s war time experiences. Maybe you’re just as fortunate to have a diary penned by your veteran chronicling his time in service. A small sheaf of papers, protected by a worn leather cover and lovingly treasured by his descendants. Your Civil War ancestor’s diary is a part of this nation’s history. His words a foundation upon which this nation stands today.

Then there are family historians like me. I, nor anyone else in my family has one item, memento, photo or scrap of paper that belonged to my Civil War ancestor. Nada. Nothing. Nyet. So now what? Call it a day and curse the genealogy gods who seemed to be quite amused at throwing together huge, brick walls? Not on your life! There is a way to document the lives our Civil War ancestors lived even if we’re not in possession of their personal letters and diaries. It’ll take some research but that’s what we’re good at, right? So let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work. Continue reading

Civil War Saturday – It’s been 150 years

Sometimes the present takes precedence over the past and that’s what happened with this blog post. I intended to write and publish it last Saturday July 19th but my daughter had an out of town, three-day volleyball tournament. We made some fun family memories and a little family history of our own last weekend and this post easily waited one more week. Here’s what I had planned for last Saturday . . .

You know how we love to mark monumental events in our family’s lives like turning 21 or celebrating 50th birthdays and wedding anniversaries? It’s ingrained in our culture to recognize such events. I’m adding one more to my own list of family birthdays and anniversaries. In fact I’m going to honor it for the next year! It’s the 150th anniversary of my great-great grandfather’s involvement in the Civil War.

On July 19, 1864 – 150 years ago my great-great grandfather George W. Lowery was drafted and mustered in to serve with the 81st Pennsylvania Infantry. He reported to Chambersburg, which is Franklin County’s seat and incidently had been burned a year earlier by Confederate forces.

George was a 37 year old man with six children. A laborer, standing 5’9” tall with dark hair and gray eyes, his description fit most men of the era. His enlistment was for three years.

By September 5, 1864 George was at Camp Biddle in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Camp Biddle was a piece of land northeast of the army post at Carlisle where Civil War draftees and substitutes received their military training. Camp Biddle had recently opened in April 1864 just a few months before George ended up there.

As I remember the Civil War events in George’s life I know questions will pop up. Like Camp Biddle. I’d overlooked that in the past. Now I’m interested in where and what it was. How long was George there and so on.

You can come along with me on this journey. Where was your Civil War ancestor 150 years ago? Sometimes being very specific helps us narrow our research and produce better results. Less distractions. Researching one single topic like Camp Biddle is not as overwhelming as researching the life and times of my Civil War ancestor! Break his service down into manageable pieces and I bet you’ll accomplish more than you imagined.

So whether you research along with me or check in to see what George was doing 150 years ago I hope this helps you take another look at researching your Civil War ancestor.

(1) George W. Lowery, Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldier Who Served in Organizations From the State of Pennsylvania compiled 1899-1927, documenting the period 1861-1866, publication no. M554 (Washington: National Archives), fiche 0073.