The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 is a National Organization divided into several bodies: National Department, State Departments and Tents. The National Organization is known as the National Department and is composed of State Departments, Detached Tents and National Members-at-Large. State Departments are composed of three (3) or more Tents and State Department Members-at-Large.
Local groups, called Tents, are named for Army Nurses of the War of 1861-1865 or a patriotic woman who was loyal and rendered aid to the Union prior to, during and immediately following the War.
States with three or more Tents have a State Department and may have Members-at-Large.
Detached Tents are Tents in States with less than three Tents.
We are daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters of any generation of honorably discharged soldiers and sailors of the United States Army, Navy or Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service who served between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865 in the war for the suppression of the Rebellion, and of such State regiments as were called into active service and subject to the orders of the United States General Officers, between the dates mentioned, and have been honorably discharged and those soldiers and sailors who died or were killed while serving in the armed services of the Union between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865, and who have attained the age of eight years, are eligible for membership.
The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 is the only Civil War women’s organization based on lineal descent. Eligibility is through lineal descent only. The eligibility can never be changed. You must furnish a complete war record of your ancestor.
Every woman descended from a Union Veteran will welcome the opportunity to preserve her Civil War heritage for posterity, while honoring and revering her Civil War ancestry by affiliating with this Order.
All applications for membership shall include a completed application and one copy of authentic documents to prove eligibility (copies only) and must include the war record of the ancestor from whom eligibility is derived. Each applicant shall pay an admission fee when submitting the application.
Upon verification and approval annual dues will be requested and are required for membership acceptance. Tents meet regularly to carry out various interesting activities. Members in Tents may hold office and qualify to serve as a delegate at the annual State and National Conventions.
For further information and to obtain an application, click here Eligibility, Instructions and Application Forms or please contact a Tent in your area. Below is a list of Tents and contacts.