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Becoming a Member of Philadelphia Chapter 972

Confederate Cavalry Illustration
Original illustration by Philadelphia Chapter member, Marylouise Guerrieri; reproduced with permission

Membership in the United Daughters of the Confederacy® is open to women no less than 16 years of age who are blood descendants, either lineal or collateral, of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America, or who provided Material Aid to the Cause.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Philadelphia Chapter 972, please contact our registrar, Nancy Nelson, who will provide you with all necessary information and a copy of the United Daughters of the Confederacy® application form. Assistance with obtaining service records of your Condederate ancestor(s) is available, if needed.

If you are not eligible to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy® through lineal or collateral line of descent, but are interested in the Civil War and the objectives of the Organization, you may want to become an associate member of our chapter. These are women who share our goals and work with our members to accomplish the chapter's objectives each year, but who are not descended from someone who served the Confederate States of America. Our registrar can provide information on associate membership, as well.

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, a member of Kirkwood Otey Chapter 10, Lynchburg, VA
First read at a Chapter meeting on June 2, 1915

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