Gen. Edmond Winchester Rucker
2534 was chartered in Enterprise, Alabama, on
August 27, 1987. The chapter was named for General E. W. Rucker because of his
outstanding service with General Nathan Bedford Forrest in the Confederate
Cavalry and also because of the contributions the local army base, Fort Rucker,
has made to Enterprise and Coffee County.
September 28, 1987, Mrs. William A. Grider from Thomas Randolph Thomasson 2471 of Andalusia, the sponsoring chapter, participated in the
chartering ceremony. Mrs. Billy V. Short, the Alabama Division President of the
United Daughters of the Confederacy, presented membership certificates to the 16
charter members. These were: Julia Huey Griswold, Mary Alice Grubbs, Mary
Lavinia Jordan Helms, Charlotte Brewster Hobson, Tate Mason Hobson, Judith Hope
Holmes, Linda Bowers Howell, Hope Huey Lane, Lois Bass McGilvary, Willette B.
O’Gwynn, Barbara McGilvary Ross, Jean Lane Russell, Betty Ann Parrish Stinson,
Cynthia Howard Wehrly, Anna Kathleen Young, and Priscilla O’Gwynn Young.
General E. W. Rucker Chapter is a member of the General Henry D. Clayton
District and has been active by hosting district meetings and having members
serve as district officers. Members
have also been active in the Alabama Division UDC by attending division
conventions and serving as division committee chairmen and members. Chapter
member, Donna Clark, served as the 2008-2010 Division Historian, 2010-1012
Division 2nd Vice President, and 2012-2014 Division President. Shirley
Edberg served as 2012-2014 Division Treasurer.
The chapter presidents who have served are: Charlotte Hobson 1987-90 and 1992-1994; Helen Lewis, 1990-92; Nancy Brunson 1994-96; Lavinia Helms 1996-98; Shirley Edberg 1998-2002 and 2006-2012; Patsy Ann Richter 2012-2014; and Donna Clark 2002-2006 and 2014-present.
Mrs. Alberta Martin who prior to her death was called “the last known
surviving widow of a Confederate Veteran,” lived in Coffee County and some
chapter members visited her and remembered her with birthday and Christmas cards
and gifts. The chapter had two
portraits made of Mrs. Martin and one was donated to the public library in her
hometown of Elba.
Through 2015, the chapter has
awarded 7 Winnie Davis Medals, 6 Stonewall Jackson Medals, 6 Jefferson Davis
Historical Gold Medals, 1 Sidney Lanier Medal and 31 Judah P. Benjamin Awards.
forerunner of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was the Ladies’ Memorial
Societies. Their purpose was to
honor the Confederate Veterans and keep their graves.
To fulfill this duty, the Gen. E. W. Rucker Chapter has held memorial
services and grave marker dedications for 14 CSA Veterans. We
have also honored our Confederate ancestors by contributing to Confederate
Causes such as the restoration of Beauvoir, the First White House of the
Confederacy in Montgomery, and the Tennessee Division’s lawsuit against
Vanderbilt. We visit battlefields
and monuments, and participate in many different Confederate related activities
at the State Capitol, Mountain Creek and other locations. During April, which is Confederate History and Heritage
Month, the Chapter members have special programs and mark Confederate veterans
graves with small flags.
The UDC is a
patriotic organization that awards Crosses of Military Service to worthy
descendents of Confederate Veterans. We
have awarded 1 WWI Cross, 11 WWII Crosses, 2 Korean Conflict Crosses, 5 Vietnam
Crosses, 3 Global War on Terror Crosses, and 9 National Defense Medals. Other patriotic activities include:
sending cards, letters, and packages to active duty personnel; collecting and
delivering books and sending cards to VA Hospitals.
Another of our
UDC objectives is education. We have participated in the fourth-grade coloring
contest for several years, awarding prizes to the winners.
Some members have given talks to classes and other groups about Southern
History. Each year we have donated
at least one book on Southern History to a local high school to honor an
outstanding American History Student. The
chapter has also sponsored deserving students for division and general
objective is achieved by donating money and time to charities, soap and shampoo
samples to the House of Ruth and Hope Lodge, and items to Christian Mission,
Goodwill, and HRDC.
In the years of
the chapter’s existence our enrollment has varied from 8 to the current high
of 35 members. The primary goal of our membership is to remember and honor our