Mrs. George W. Bryson (Patricia M.)
President General, UDC
“United in Service”
Thank you for visiting the United Daughters of the Confederacy Official Website. If you are interested in learning more about our Organization, we invite you to explore the pages of our Website where you can learn everything our Organization has to offer. If you are a current member, please feel free to visit the Member’s Only Website where you will find information that will enable you to complete your work at the Chapter, Division and General level. We also invite anyone to:
- Visit our UDC Memorial Building in Richmond, Virginia. Built in 1955, the building was erected as a memorial to the “Women of the Confederacy”. Placed on the National Registry of the Historic Places, we invite you to schedule a visit to see the wonderful items housed within our beautiful building and visit the Helen Walpole Brewer Library where you will find many genealogical records and historical documents.
- Subscribe to the UDC Magazine where one can read informative historical articles regarding the War Between the States as well as the current activities of our members.
In keeping with our objectives, which are Historical, Educational, Benevolent, Memorial and Patriotic, I have chosen as my theme “United In Service”. During my term as President General, it is my hope that we will stand united so that we can continue to serve our Veterans and those in our communities as we have for the past 122 years.Patricia M. Bryson
President General, 2016-2018
08-21-2017 – For Immediate Release:
The United Daughters of the Confederacy appreciates the feelings of citizens across the country currently being expressed concerning Confederate memorial statues and monuments that were erected by our members in decades past.
To some, these memorial statues and markers are viewed as divisive and thus unworthy of being allowed to remain in public places. To others, they simply represent a memorial to our forefathers who fought bravely during four years of war. These memorial statues and markers have been a part of the Southern landscape for decades.
We are grieved that certain hate groups have taken the Confederate flag and other symbols as their own. We are the descendants of Confederate soldiers, sailors, and patriots. Our members are the ones who have spent 123 years honoring their memory by various activities in the fields of education, history and charity, promoting patriotism and good citizenship. Our members are the ones who, like our statues, have stayed quietly in the background, never engaging in public controversy.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy totally denounces any individual or group that promotes racial divisiveness or white supremacy. And we call on these people to cease using Confederate symbols for their abhorrent and reprehensible purposes.
We are saddened that some people find anything connected with the Confederacy to be offensive. Our Confederate ancestors were and are Americans. We as an Organization do not sit in judgment of them nor do we impose the standards of the 21st century on these Americans of the 19th century.
It is our sincere wish that our great nation and its citizens will continue to let its fellow Americans, the descendants of Confederate soldiers, honor the memory of their ancestors. Indeed, we urge all Americans to honor their ancestors’ contributions to our country as well. This diversity is what makes our nation stronger.
Join us in denouncing hate groups and affirming that Confederate memorial statues and monuments are part of our shared American history and should remain in place.Patricia M. Bryson
President General, 2016-2018
WHEREAS, The United Daughters of the Confederacy is a tax-exempt, non-profit Organization whose objectives are Historical, Benevolent, Educational, Memorial and Patriotic; AND
WHEREAS, The United Daughters of the Confederacy® is an Organization dedicated to the purpose of honoring the memory of its Confederate ancestors; protecting, preserving and marking the places made historic by Confederate valor; collecting and preserving the material for a truthful history of the War Between the States; recording the participation of Southern women in their patient endurance of hardship and patriotic devotion during and after the War Between the States; fulfilling the sacred duty of benevolence toward the survivors and those dependent upon them; assisting descendants of worthy Confederates in securing a proper education; honoring the service of veterans from all wars as well as active duty military personnel and cherishing the ties of friendship among the members of the organization, AND
WHEREAS, The United Daughters of the Confederacy® is a patriotic Organization which honors and upholds the United States of America and respects its Flag, AND
WHEREAS, The United Daughters of the Confederacy® does not subscribe to policies of individuals, groups or organizations that do not honor and respect the United States of America and its Flag,
THEREFORE, BE IT KNOWN, that The United Daughters of the Confederacy® does not associate with or include in its official UDC functions and events, any individual, group or organization known as unpatriotic, militant, racist or subversive to the United States of America and its Flag, AND
BE IT FURTHER KNOWN, that The United Daughters of the Confederacy® will not associate with any individual, group or organization identified as being militant, unpatriotic, racist or subversive to the United States of America and its Flag.
For over 60 years, month after month, UDC Magazine has reached out to members to inform, to educate and even to amuse and entertain. The magazine is published 11 times annually. Special features include General Officer columns, historical articles, Confederate Notes, and UDC Division News.
Lest We Forget
The United Daughters of the Confederacy is the outgrowth of many local memorial, monument, and Confederate home associations and auxiliaries to camps of United Confederate Veterans that were organized after the War Between the States.
This Memorial Building and Great Hall, dedicated November 11, 1957, in Richmond, Virginia, honor the women of the Confederate States of America for their loyal devotion, self-sacrifice, adaptability to new tasks, constancy of purpose, exemplary faith in never changing principles. In these qualities reposes the memory of the women of the Confederacy.