Paris UDC Chapter holds August meeting
Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 8:00 pm
Members of the Paris 2521 United Daughters of the Confederacy heard a program about “Richmond During the War” at their meeting held Aug. 18 at Tom’s Pizza and Steakhouse in Paris.
Donna Cooley told why the Confederate States’ government moved to Richmond, Va. Virginia was too large, rich and powerful to ignore. The state was a storehouse of food, grain, raw materials, and it had the Tredegar Iron Works.
The Confederate Congress used the state capitol and other buildings and warehouses, but the Confederacy didn’t require permanent property there.
The people of Richmond provided property, finances and their time to the cause. The women cooked, sewed and served as nurses and aides in the hospitals. They also arranged bazaars, musical entertainment and theatricals to raise money.
The city became a place of refuge, as well as the hospital center of the Confederacy, after the fighting began. The Confederates took prisoners after every battle and housing them became a huge problem. Also, the city suffered because of the “Bread Riots.”
Richmond had five daily newspapers that printed notices of drills and meetings, ads for animals, goods, recruits and volunteers.
Richmond was evacuated in early April 1865.
Julie Wilson and Laura Nunnelee were elected delegates during the meeting and Joy Bland, Donna Cooley, Sheila Hopkins and Sandra Paschall, were chosen as alternates to the Division Convention set for Oct. 12-13 in Clarksville. The Chapter will make a contribution to the Restoration of Tennessee Monuments Fund in lieu of a basket for the silent auction.
The president presented a certificate to Virginia Jones for her donation of numerous period books to the Genealogy Deptartment at W. G. Rhea Library.
The Chapter made a contribution toward the purchase of cannons to be placed in Confederate Park in Memphis.
Julie Wilson attended the Forrest luncheon and program held July 21 in Memphis.
Virginia Jones arranged for programs for the coming year.
Published in The WCP 8.28.12