Resources for Studying Southern Ladies' Memorial Associations

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I have started this thread as a place for assembling resources for the study of Ladies' Memorial Associations in the South. These voluntary groups were founded at the end of the Civil War by white women in many communites throughout the South to insure the proper burial and memorialization of the Confederate dead.

Since this is a resource thread, please post links, videos, books, photos, etc. Documents and archives are welcome additions.
 

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Historian Caroline Janney says that the Ladies' Memorial Associations were mong the earliest women's organizations in the South:

The LMAs were the first systematic and enduring organizations among southern white women twenty to thirty years before the establishment of national groups such as the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. LMAs, therefore, provide evidence of a collective southern white woman’s consciousness and activism (what historians have labeled “organized womanhood”) much earlier than many historians have supposed.

Janney, Caroline E.. Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause (Civil War America) (p. 4). The University of North Carolina Press. Kindle Edition.
 

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Janney gives an illustration of how widespread the LMA's were in Virginia:

By the fall of 1868, at least twenty-six such societies, including those at Appomattox Court House, Bristol, Charlottesville, Danville, Emory and Henry College (Washington County), Fairfax Court House, Fredericksburg, Front Royal (Warren County), King George County, Gordonsville (Piedmont), Leesburg, Lexington, Loudoun Park, Lynchburg, Manassas and
Bull Run, New Market, Orange Court House, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Richmond (three different associations), Spotsylvania, Staunton, Warrenton, and Winchester, were enthusiastically establishing cemeteries and arranging Memorial Days throughout the state. With a conservative estimate of 50 members per association, more than 1,300 of Virginia’s elite and middle-class women joined the ranks of the LMAs in the years immediately after the war.


Janney, Caroline E.. Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause (Civil War America) (p. 9). The University of North Carolina Press. Kindle Edition.
 

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Five Virginia cities had LMAs that were particularly important in this movement. LMAs in Winchester, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, Lynchburg, and Richmond reinterred the remains of more than 72,000 Confederate dead, 28% of all Confederates who died in the war.

Janney, Caroline E.. Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause (Civil War America) (p. 9). The University of North Carolina Press. Kindle Edition.
 

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Good stuff sir. Caroline Janney was the speaker at our April 2016 Houston CWRT meeting. During her presentation,she talked about the postwar role of Southern women but I don't recall anything specific being said about the LMAs by name.
 

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In Caroline Janney's book on the LMAs of Virginia she writes that these organizations did not just bury the dead. They were and important force in creating the forms of Confederate commemoration and preserving Confederate nationalism.
 

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Those are some great links you are posting. Getting ready to curl up with a book for awhile,but I certainly intend to revisit this thread and explore those links.
 



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