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Daughters of Union create Alpharetta chapter

The 2014 officers of Amanda Stokes Tent No. 2, from left are Loriann White, Paulette Snoby, Jan Eastman, Anne Gunnin, Maribeth Brannen, Jill Webster, Linda Hartung, Beth Finley, Marguerite Dyal, Cathy Hellming and Jean Vrendenburg. (click for larger version)
February 22, 2014
Daughters of Union create Alpharetta chapter

ALPHARETTA, Ga. While most of the "Yankee" women of Alpharetta's new Daughters of Union Veterans were born in the South, live in Georgia and speak with a Southern accent, their heritage traces back to a Union Civil War soldier or sailor. Who are these women?

They are daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters of honorably discharged Union soldiers and sailors known as the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW). This organization was created on May 30, 1885 in Ohio and endorsed by the Grand Army of the Republic in 1900. All chapters, known as tents, are named for Union nurses who provided care to both Union and Confederate soldiers during the war.

Alpharetta's tent is named for Amanda Stokes, who nursed the Union Army for almost five years serving at Stones River, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Chickamauga and Nashville with Gen. Joseph Hooker's army. She later became the matron for the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home in Xenia, Ohio.

The Amanda Stokes Detached Tent No. 2 of Alpharetta meets four times a year at the Country Club of the South. As a service organization, they support the Department of Veterans Affairs' medical centers and homes, perform projects to preserve Civil War battlefields and monuments and participate in national patriotic ceremonies.

Those interested in learning more can contact President Maribeth Brannen at Maribethq45@comcast.net.

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