Giles County, Tennessee
United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter #257



This organization does not currently have a web page. You may contact Cathy Gordon Wood, President of the Giles County UDC, for information or assistance.

The UDC in Pulaski actually started in 1898 and was disbanded in 1970.  In 1995, it was re-activated and has been ongoing since. 

Eligibility for Membership

Those eligible for active membership are women no less than 16 years of age who are blood descendants, lineal or collateral, of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America, or gave Material Aid to the Cause. Also eligible are those women who are lineal or collateral blood descendants of members or former members of UDC.


Admission to the Organization shall be by invitation through a UDC Chapter. Prospective members are invited to attend a meeting prior to presentation to the Executive Board. Following the meeting and acceptance by the Executive Board, a member must complete the application and provide all required documentation.

The chapter Registrar will gladly assist you by relating where to find certain records, instructions on gathering your documentation, and review your application and documentation giving advise on whether you have the required material or need further credentials

Your ancestor must not have taken the Oath of Allegiance prior to April 9, 1865, unless you have proof of further service, thereby nullifying the Oath.

Proof of your ancestor's service in the Confederacy during the Civil War may be obtained from several sources:

  1. UDC Business Office: From records of military service compiled from registered UDC applications and National Archives Compiled Confederate Service Records, upon request of UDC Chapter Registrar and payment of research fee.
  2. Limited pension records are available from the UDC Business Office for a fee (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, South Carolina, and Tennessee)
  3. Tennessee State Library & Archives, Confederate Records, if certified.
  4. National Archives and Records Service, 8th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20408
  5. Documentation: A copy of the military record, birth and death records, bible records, census, marriage, or other records to prove lineage and service. (A picture of a tombstone is not acceptable as proof of military service, but can be used for birth and death dates.) Be sure to include a copy of title page, name of author, volume, page number, year of publication, location of library. Provide certified copy of pertinent data relating to Confederate ancestor only. (Birth and death records were not recorded in TN, and most of the south, prior to 1908.)


Dues are determined by Chapter Bylaws and usually include Division and General per capita fees.



For a list of the UDC close to where you reside, contact the  United Daughters of the Confederacy Tennessee Division.

Last updated June 7, 2010 by Kathy Niedergeses

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