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Burying the Dead but Not the PastLadies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause$
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Caroline E. Janney

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831762

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882702_janney

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Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

United Daughters and Confederated Ladies, 1894–1915

Chapter:
(p.167) 6 Lest We Forget
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Burying the Dead but Not the Past
Author(s):

Caroline E. Janney

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807882702_janney.10

This chapter discusses the new Confederate women's organization, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC or Daughters), which entered the memorial scene in 1894. The birth and overwhelming success of the Daughters in many ways served as a testament to the triumph of the Ladies' Memorial Associations (LMAs). The LMAs' decades-long work had provided the conditions and opportunity for the UDC to take up the banner of Confederate patriotism, and initially memorial women rejoiced that their efforts to instill reverence for the Lost Cause had succeeded so well. It soon became clear, however, that the Daughters intended to take over both the Ladies' objectives and associations. As if challenges from the Daughters were not enough, Richmond's Confederate Memorial Literary Society had to contend with the attempts of veterans to dictate the direction of the Lost Cause during debates over the Battle Abbey.

Keywords:   Confederate women's organization, United Daughters, Confederacy, UDC, memorial scene, Confederate patriotism

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