The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) is the oldest patriotic lineage society in the United States. The heart of the UDC is its members, who work tirelessly to honor their Confederate ancestors through activities that fulfill the historical, educational, benevolent, memorial, and patriotic objectives of the Organization.


The objectives of the organization are Historical, Educational, Benevolent, Memorial and Patriotic:

  • To collect and preserve the material necessary for a truthful history of the War Between the States and to protect, preserve, and mark the places made historic by Confederate valor.
  • To assist descendants of worthy Confederates in securing a proper education.
  • To fulfill the sacred duty of benevolence toward the survivor of the War and those dependent upon them.
  • To honor the memory of those who served and those who fell in the service of the Confederate States of America. 
  • To record the part played during the War by Southern women, including their patient endurance of hardship, their patriotic devotion during the struggle, and their untiring efforts during the post-War reconstruction of the South.
  • To cherish the ties of friendship among the members of the Organization.
Emblem and Motto

The emblem of the UDC is a cotton boll superimposed on a five-pointed star.

At the tips of the points are the words of the motto:



The insignia of the UDC is the First National Flag (Stars and Bars) of the Confederacy surrounded by a laurel wreath bearing the letters "UDC" under the flag; the whole is tied with a ribbon on which are inscribed the dates "1861-1865."

The name United Daughters of the Confederacy and the insignia are registered trademarks.


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