The United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter met March 16. President Eleanor Edmondson read the opening ritual. Lorene Drapalla read the Robert E. Lee prayer to the troops in 1863. Custodian Lisa Uhlhorn led the pledges to the flags and all the chapter members read the American’s Creed together.
Secretary Helen Slusher read the minutes from the February meeting and they were approved as read. Slusher then gave an extended treasurer’s report from September 2018 until February 2019. Several corrections had to be made about checks not being cashed in a timely manner by people other than the bank which has caused problems in balancing the bank statements.
Edmondson then passed around the pendant which she received. The pendant had a picture of the Travis Park Confederate Monument in San Antonio. UDC members were given the pendant as a gift for supporting the local UDC chapter raise money for defending the removal of their monument. In Dallas under dark more Confederate monuments were removed at night before they could be legally stopped. It is not known where they were taken.
Edmondson passed out the only picture known to exist which presented Robert E. Lee with all of his surviving generals from the war between the states. Also, the final picture of the present day restoration of Lee’s headquarters at Gettysburg was shown to the members. It cost more than $600,000 for the American Battlefield trust to return the area back to its original state in 1860’s. The last item Edmondson introduced was the book called “Christ in the Camp,” which explained the Christian religion of the Confederate troops.
The program was presented by Ann Ellison called “Scotland’s Aid to the CSA.” The south was producing about two-thirds of the world’s cotton when the war broke out and this affected the Scottish workers in Scotland. William Watson a Scotsman only served one year as he was still loyal to Britain and would not take a commission as an officer. He later became a blockade runner and transported cotton to Scotland. One Scots family had two brothers. One served in Confederate Army and the other fought in Union Army against each other. A Scots woman named Kate Cumming found 40 women to join her in nursing 23,000 Confederate and Union soldiers in Corinth, Miss. These men had faced each other in the bloody Battle of Shiloh.
The meeting was adjourned after Johnny Reb played “Dixie” on his banjo.