The Resource United Daughters of the Confederacy, Southern Cross of Honor documents

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Southern Cross of Honor documents

Label
United Daughters of the Confederacy, Southern Cross of Honor documents, 1905-1941
Title
United Daughters of the Confederacy, Southern Cross of Honor documents
Inclusive dates
1905-1941
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Language
eng
Summary
This collection consists of records and applications for Shenandoah Valley residents who received the Southern Cross of Honor and the Cross of Military Service from the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) during the years 1905-1941. Folders 1-4 of Series I. contain Southern Cross of Honor applications, which were approved by S. B. Gibbons Camp No. 438. These petitions are signed by veterans, descendants, or widows of Confederate veterans. Folder 5 of Series I. contains Cross of Military Service applications, which were approved by the Turner Ashby Chapter No. 162. These petitions are signed by World War I veterans who are descendants of Confederate veterans (ex. members of the Paul family). The oversize box contains Southern Cross of Honor Recipient records
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Biographical or historical data
The Southern Cross of Honor award, which later became the Cross of Military Service, originated on Oct. 13, 1862 as an act of the Confederate Congress to recognize the courage and good conduct of officers, non-commissioned officers and privates of the Confederate army. However, due to wartime shortages, the medals were not made, but the recipients' names were recorded in an Honor Roll for future reference. The cross's design was created by Mrs. Alexander S. Erwin in July 1898. It featured a cross with a Confederate battle flag on the face surrounded by a laurel wreath, with the inscription "The Southern Cross of Honor." The motto of the C.S.A., "Deo Vindice" 1861-1865, and the inscription "From the U.D.C. to the U.C.V." appear on the reverse side.
Cataloging source
VMC
Label
United Daughters of the Confederacy, Southern Cross of Honor documents
Link
http://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/manuscripts/2060_UDC_CrossofHonor.aspx
Arrangement
Series I. Applications (Folders 1-5); Series II. Oversize (Folder 1). Organized by type of material; applications arranged alphabetically by name.
Control code
20274207
Cumulative index finding aids
See web link for Finding Aid.
Extent
1/2 Hollinger box (5 folders) and part of 1 flat box (1 folder)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
Ownership
On deposit from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.

Library Locations

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