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UDC Jefferson Davis #900 organized April 15, 1905 - Cleveland, TN

MOTTO:   "Man was not born to himself alone, but unto his country."

FLOWER:   The Dogwood

COLORS:   Red, White and Red

SONG:   "Dixie Land," written in 1859 by Daniel Decatur Emmett of Ohio, it is the official song of the UDC.

Jefferson Davis Chapter No.900 Cleveland, TN UDC Officers 2018-2019


 President:  Linda Ballew

Vice President:  Amy Kibble

2nd Vice President:  Peggy Morrison

3rd Vice President:  Christy Peden

Secretary:  Gussie Ridgeway

Treasurer:  Lisa Pritchett

Chaplain:  Teresa Silvers

Recorder of Military Service Awards: Marilyn Kinne

Registrar:  Marilyn Kinne

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A Brief History of the Cleveland, TN Chapter

On April 15, 1905, Mrs. J. H. Hardwick invited a number of women to her home to consider organizing the Cleveland, TN Chapter of the UDC.

After choosing a motto, club colors and a flower, they organized and became the Jefferson Davis Chapter No.900. Members pondered a projected monument two years before it was successfully erected in 1911. The UDC had marshaled over $3,000 for an impressive granite shaft surmounted by a solitary soldier. The monument is located where Lee Highway splits at the north entrance to downtown Cleveland at Ocoee and Broad Streets.

A Brief History of the Tennessee Division UDC

The United Daughters of the Confederacy is the oldest Southern heritage and patriotic organization. It is made up of the lineal and collateral female descendants of the soldiers, sailors and statesmen of the Confederate States of America. Originally established in 1894 as a service organization to aid Confederate soldiers and their families, the UDC expanded its role to include educational, historical, memorial, benevolent and patriotic responsibilities.

There were many ladies organizations across the South with similar patriotic purposes, working to benefit the returned Confederate soldiers and their families. Gradually these auxiliaries began to operate as “Daughters of the Confederacy.” Correspondence between Mrs. Caroline Meriwether Goodlett of Nashville and Mrs. L.H. Raines of Savannah GA resulted in a called meeting of representatives of these different societies throughout the South to meet in Nashville on September 10, 1894, and the general organization was founded. A year later the name was changed to “United Daughters of the Confederacy.”

The first chapter in the organization also was the first chapter in Tennessee. Nashville #1 chartered September 20, 1894. Others came along across the state in 1895 and Tennessee became the third Division in the organization.  The first chapters composing the Tennessee Division were: Nashville #1, Musidora C. McCorry #5 in Jackson, Clark #13 in Gallatin , Franklin #14, South Pittsburg #15 and Zollicoffer-Fulton #16 in Fayetteville.  Mrs. Caroline Meriwether Goodlett was elected the first Division President.

The first convention was held in the rooms of Frank Cheatham Bivouac in Nashville TN on January 21, 1897.  At that time there were ten chapters in the Division.  At that convention, Mrs. Goodlett reported that the Tennessee Chapters had raised more money for the South’s Memorial Institute than any three states in the South. At the fourth Division Convention the motion was made and carried that Mrs. Caroline Meriwether Goodlett be given the honor of Honorary President.

The Division helped raise the funds to provide the monuments on Monument Avenue in Richmond, the monument at Shiloh, and monuments at other battlefields throughout the South by raising money with bake sales, socials and other fundraisers.  Recognizing the need for education, they helped to build Confederate Memorial Hall on the campus of George Peabody College in Nashville, now part of Vanderbilt.  This was a dormitory where Confederate descendants could live free of charge while they studied to be a teacher.  In return, they spent two years teaching in a rural southern school. A few years ago Vanderbilt officials wanted to change the name of this building to remove the word “Confederate.” Like our ancestors before us, we rallied together to oppose the name change and we can proudly say we won the (court) battle and the name remains.

Today, the Tennessee Division is made up of 50 Chapters who strive to honor the era of the Confederacy (1861-65) by providing scholarships for students who are descendants of Confederate servicemen, holding memorial services at burial sites of soldiers, participating in historical and educational programs and working in VA hospitals to show respect and gratitude for those who continue to serve our country.

~~ Why I Am a Daughter of the Confederacy ~~

I am a Daughter of the Confederacy because I was born a Daughter of the Confederacy. A part of my heritage was that I came into this world with the blood of a soldier in my veins... a soldier who may have had nothing more to leave behind to me and to those who come after me except in heritage... a heritage so rich in honor and glory that it far surpasses any material wealth that could be mine. But it is mine, to cherish, to nurture and to make grace, and to pass along to those yet to come. I am, therefore, a Daughter of the Confederacy because it is my birthright.              

I am a Daughter of the Confederacy because I have an obligation to perform. Like the man in the Bible, I was given a talent and it is my duty to do something about it. That is why I've joined a group of ladies whose birthright is the same as mine... an organization which has for its purpose the continuance and furtherance of the true history of the South and the ideals of southern womanhood as embodied in its Constitution.

I am a member of The United Daughters of the Confederacy because I feel it would greatly please my ancestor to know that I am a member. It would please him to know that I appreciate what he did and delight his soldier love to know that I do not consider the cause which he held so dear to be lost or forgotten. Rather, I am extremely proud of the fact that he was a part of it and was numbered among some of the greatest and bravest men which any such cause ever produced.

I am a Daughter of the Confederacy because I can no more help being a Daughter of the Confederacy than I can help being an American, and I feel that I was greatly favored by inheriting a birthright for both.

Written by Mary Nowlin Moon (Mrs. John)
A member of Kirkwood Otey Chapter 10, Lynchburg, Virginia
First read at a Chapter meeting on June 2, 1915

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