I was struck while researching My Old Confederate Home: A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans by the abiding support given the men of the Kentucky Confederate Home by the women of the United Daughters of the Confederacy chapters. And it wasn’t just in Kentucky.
The UDC women seemed never to forget the veterans of the Confederate soldiers’ homes, whether it was lobbying for increased funding, raising money for new cookware, or sending a package of simple treats for the men.
I quote this thank-you note from the superintendent of the Georgia Confederate Home to the Rome, Georgia, chapter of the UDC not because it’s unique, but because it’s typical of the thousands of little kindnesses the women performed.
“Many thanks from my comrades at this home to you ladies for the contents of the box received on yesterday. Could you have been present at out dinner today, when before each plate was a box of candy, several slices of cake and pitchers of lemonade being handed around. When it was announced from whom sent, the Confederate yell which was given, resounding through our halls and into the forest, it would have made your hearts happy to know the sunshine which was thrown into our life when we realize we are not forgotten.”
(See Rome (Ga.) Tribune-Herald, September 3, 1910.)