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