Annie Etheridge #59, DUVCW

The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865         Lansing, Michigan

The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865         Lansing, Michigan

Annie Etheridge #59, DUVCW

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The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865, is the oldest and largest of all Civil War American Women's organizations based on lineal descent.  It was organized Memorial Day, May 30th, 1885. Local groups, called Tents, are named for Army Nurses who served in the Civil War or for any loyal woman of the Civil War era whose patriotic deeds during the years 1861 - 1865 were recorded. Our Mission is to spread widely the teachings of patriotism, that those who dwell in this broad land of ours will so live that, in peace or in war, there shall be no stain on "The Flag Our Fathers Saved."

On March 28th, 2009, Annie Etheridge Tent #59, was chartered in Lansing, Michigan with 15 charter members. We currently have 26 tent members and are growing.

About Annie Etheridge
Lorinda Anna Blair married James Etheridge in 1860 and followed him when he joined the 2nd Michigan Infantry.  Although James deserted the army, his young wife Annie Etheridge transferred to the 3rd Michigan and later to the 5th Michigan where she remained for the duration of the war.  She was on the battlefield nursing wounded comrades at some of the bloodiest battles  including engagements at Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Spotsylvania.  Surviving letters from two different soldiers wrote of Annie "binding the wounds of a man when a shell exploded nearby, tearing him terribly and removing a large portion of the skirt of her dress" and " in the very front of the battle dressing wounds and aiding the suffering where few surgeons dared show themselves."  Her bravery on the battlefield earned her the "Kearney Cross," a Civil War medal awarded exclusively for heroism and the endearment "Daughter of the Regiment." It was designed as a cross of valor and Annie Etheridge and Marie Tebe were the first two women to be awarded  this honor. 

You are eligible for membership in the Daughters of Union Veterans if you are at least eight years of age and you are a direct descendant of a veteran of the American Civil War who:

  • served in the Union Army or Navy during the Rebellion of 1861-1865
  • was an honorably discharged soldier, sailor, or marine
  • or died or was killed during his term of service.

Eligibility for membership is through lineal descent only.

"The world never produced but very few such women, for she is along with us through storm and sunshine, in the heat of the battle caring for the wounded, and in the camp looking after the poor sick soldier, and to have a smile and a cheering word for every one who comes in her way..."

- Daniel G. Crotty, Color Sergeant, Third Michigan Infantry

"Many of the heroines of history, whose names have been celebrated in song and story, were lifted to notoriety by one or two, or most a few deeds of daring and sacrifice. But hers was a record of four years of daring suffering and self sacrifice, in which she displayed on more then a score of battlefields the highest qualities of exalted courage. Her name and deeds will deserve to be embalmed in history along with the gallant deeds and heroic devotion of Michigan men, not one of whom but feels proud of the fact that he had the high honor to stand by her side in the ranks of the grand army of the Republic."

- Detroit Free Press 1881

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