Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War,
1861-1865, National Department, Springfield, IL

The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865 was organized on May 30, 1885 by Olive Howard, Harriet Knapp, Eva Merwin, Frank Merwin, and Bertha Martin.
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Eligibility

Eligibility

 

We are daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters of any generation of honorably discharged soldiers and sailors who served in the Union Army, Navy, or Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service during the Rebellion of 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.

 

We invite all daughters who descend from one or more Union Veteran, to honor their Veteran ancestor, by applying for membership.

 

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Eligibility for membership in the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865 is based on the eligibility as formerly required for membership in the Grand Army of the Republic and shall be limited to daughters, granddaughters, and great granddaughters of any generation through lineal descent only.  As stated in our National Constitutions and Bylaws, this shall never be changed.  The minimum age for membership shall be eight years of age.

 

Membership shall be limited to women who can provide documented proof that their ancestor was a soldier or sailor of the U. S. Army, Navy, or Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service who served between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865 in the war for the suppression of the Rebellion, and of such State regiments as were called into active service and subject of the orders of the United States General Officers.  The ancestor must have been honorably discharged therefrom after such service, or who died or was killed during their term of service.  No person shall be eligible for membership who has at any time borne arms against the United States.

 

Through membership in the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865 each woman, who is descended from a Civil War ancestor, will have the opportunity to preserve her Civil War heritage for posterity, while honoring and revering her Civil War ancestry, and promoting patriotism for the United States of America.

 

To become eligible for membership you must furnish with your application, a complete war record of your ancestor.  Along with documentation that proves a lineal relationship back to your Civil War ancestor. There is no need to send original proofs, photo copies are acceptable. 

 

Acceptable proofs for war records include: discharge papers, pension record, Adjutant General’s list, and/or state record.  Acceptable proofs for lineal descent include: birth record, marriage record, death record, published obituaries, photograph of monument readings, and family documents such as Bible, letters, or photographs. 

In the Articles of Incorporation of our Order, there is a key phrase that stands out, “keep green the memory”. What insight these young women, who founded this organization, had so long ago.

 

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