WIFE OF LUCIEN HAMILTON RAINES
CO FOUNDER OF THE UNITED DAUGHTERSOF THE CONFEDERACY
During the ruthless reconstruction years Anna Raines
met with a group of ladies for the purpose of forming a Memorial Association
to keep in order a list of the soldiers buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery.
was named the Savannah Memorial Association. April 26 was the date decided
upon as the official day of observance and decorating the resting place of
our fallen brave. Twenty four ladies (two per month) volunteered to oversee
the graves and keep in order the head boards identifying our brave heroes.
This was one of their main purposes. In 1867, the ladies began a monument
fund. In less than 10 years their monument was a reality. It was Mrs.
Raines plan of uniting all the women the south in one organization which
developed into the Daughters of the Confederacy.
She designed and had
obtained the patent for the insignia. On April 30, 1886 the word
"Daughter" was first used when General John B. Gordon on the rear platform
of a train at West Point Georgia, introduced Varina Anne "Winnie" Davis to
an applauding throng, as the Daughter of the Confederacy. Afterward all
over the south the term "Daughter", was being adopted by Associations. Thus
the organizations were formed to represent the hearts' desire of the women.
Much has been said in the 1990's in reference to restoring the Savannah
Confederate Monument. The ladies of the 1860's would have had that project
concluded. But today, there's no money allocated for that purpose. We
need to clone those ladies who got things done, and they didn't have to
spend alot of money on proposals. They put every bit of unyielding
courage to the
test and made it happen.
With leadership like Anna Davenport Raines who
was “Co-founder of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Acting President
General, UDC, Designer of the UDC
Insignia, and Custodian of the Crosses of Honor for 7 years. She was
faithful to every trust. Her death enshrined in the hearts of all that knew
her . "Her last official message was in the spirit with which she
Anna now rests in Laurel Grove Cemetery.
The UDC today lacks the harmony of the ladies of the 1860's.
THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS
From Dr. T. S. Clay, Adjutant (S.C.V.):
“We have today reached the close of
one and the beginning
of another chapter in the work of the Confederate organization of this city.
The burning desire was not an apology for the position occupied by them…but
the establishment of fact, a true, clear, unvarnished history, of what might
be read and known of all men; and taught to our children with the firm
conviction that truth would ‘vindicate their motive and write their name
illustrious.’… The daughters banded themselves together for the purpose of
caring for the veterans…maintaining their records; carrying on their work
after they should become too feeble to continue… With the passing of time,
noting the already fading line, and led by Mr. Clem Saussy, the camp of
veterans, impressed by the Daughters; by resolution… should
be given to the Savannah Chapter UDC with the full assurance that they would
be cherished and cared for throughout the yeas to come. … I am therefore,
turning over to all properties of the Amalgamated camps, the Confederate
Veterans Association of Savannah, U.V. C. # 756, and the Lafayette McLaws
Camp U.C.V.596 organized July 30 1898….
The Daughters appreciated the gift
very much and pledged to be true to the trust placed in them.
years, 1980 – 1998, the daughters rarely if ever set foot on the
grounds of Laurel Grove except for memorial services. The U. D. C. has
passed the buck to another organization who removed the Confederate Jasmine
and 4 large vases that were purchased by the Sons of the Confederate
Veterans and also, the arch that Mr. Appleton purchased. The SPLG (Society for the Preservation of Laurel Grove) should be
made to replace these items, before they disband with the moneys made on the
Lantern tours in past years.
The text for this document was taken from the first Hundred years History of
the Savannah Chapter #2. Compiled from the minutes of the Chapter, from the
Confederate Veterans magazine, Letters and news clippings.
I urge you to read “A Southern Woman’s Story” by Phebe Yates Pember.