Cradle of the Confederacy Chapter #94 Montgomery, AL
United Daughters of the Confederacy®
Celebrating our 116th Year on December 9, 2012
Welcome to our Chapter website. We are located in Montgomery, the capital of Alabama and home of the “Cradle of the Confederacy.”
The United Daughters of the Confederacy® was founded in 1894, to preserve the memory and spirit of those who fought for our Southland. Through generations, the ideals of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism have stayed strong. The objectives of the organization are Historical, Educational, Benevolent, Memorial and Patriotic.
The City of Montgomery is known as the “Cradle of the Confederacy.” In 1860, Alabama passed the Ordinance of Secession and the Capitol became the official home of the Confederate government until it was moved to Richmond in May, 1861. A star on the steps of the State Capitol marks the spot where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated President of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861.
Montgomery is home of the First White House of the Confederacy where the Davis family lived while in Montgomery. On April 29, 1886, Jefferson Davis laid the cornerstone of The Confederate Monument on Capitol Hill. The 85-foot tall Confederate Monument was dedicated December 7, 1898, and stands in commemoration of the service and sacrifice of 122,000 Alabamians who fought for the Confederacy during the War.
Montgomery had two UDC Chapters, the Sophie Bibb Chapter and the Cradle of the Confederacy Chapter. The Sophie Bibb Chapter disbanded several years ago but many members transferred to the Cradle Chapter. However, the Montgomery UDC Chapters marked the Jefferson Davis inauguration spot, raised funds for the Confederate Monument on Capitol Hill, held a re-dedication service in 1998 for the Monument, has marked many landmarks in Montgomery, helps provide college scholarships for Confederate descendants, and continually strives to preserve our rich Confederate History. In the following pages you will learn more about our organization and the causes for which we stand. Hopefully, we will inspire you to consider joining us, as descendants of Confederate soldiers, in our efforts to honor their memory and in the preservation of our Confederate Heritage. Membership is limited to direct female descendants and collateral descendants, who are at least 16 years old, of men and women who honorably served the Confederacy or aided its cause, with authenticated proof. Lineal descendants of former members also are eligible.
Learn from the courage of the past and dream the visions of tomorrow!
Cradle of the Confederacy Chapter #94
Organized December 9, 1896
A Founding Chapter of the:
Organized April 8 and 9, 1897
in Montgomery, Alabama
Organized September 10, 1894
in Nashville, Tennessee
Honorary President General
Mrs. Jefferson Davis of Beauvoir, Mississippi
President and Founder
Mrs. Caroline Meriwether Goodlet of Nashville, Tennessee
President and Co Founder
Mrs. Anna Davenport Raines of Savannah, Georgia
Daughter of the Confederacy
Varina Anne “Winnie” Davis
Sesquicentennial of the War
150 Years of Remembrance 1861-1865
Chapter Motto: Hold Up the Glories of Thy Dead
Flower: Crape Myrtle
Bird: Yellow Hammer
Music: Confederate Gray March
Colors: Red and White
Proud Sponsor of the Children of the Confederacy:
Cradle of the Confederacy #915
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