Friday, March 14, 2014
About 50 people recently attended the annual Pee Dee District meeting of the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy at historic Hopsewee Plantation.
The Pee Dee District includes Georgetown, Florence, North Myrtle Beach, Dillon, and Conway.
“Our district UDC meeting was a great success based on comments from all who attended. It fostered good relations between members from different chapters and district and state officers in the unique and beautiful setting of Hopsewee Plantation, a National Historic Landmark,” said Nancy Haynie-Mooney, president, Arthur Manigault UDC Chapter #63, Georgetown.
“It also gave us a chance to exchange ideas and information to help us meet our organizational objectives that are historical, educational, benevolent, memorial, and patriotic,” she said.
Barbara Wagner, Pee Dee District director, chaired the meeting that included reports from the five chapters, a business session, and an address from the division (state) president, Mary C. Armstrong. Wagner introduced the new district officers that will be installed at the state meeting in the fall. They are Linda Wolf, director, Dolores Pringle, vice director, Carol Marsh, secretary, and Mary Previs, chaplain.
Armstrong brought greetings from the state office and reported on the completion of the preservation of the original Martin’s Guard Flag that was carried by that S.C. unit during the War Between the States. This flag restoration project was made possible, in part, by donations from all UDC chapters in South Carolina as well as from the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A ceremony to install the flag will be held April 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Relic Room of the S.C. State Museum.
People who attended the district UDC meeting were surprised to get a special welcome from Gen. Robert E. Lee. Dressed in an authentic Confederate uniform replica, Lee was portrayed by David J. Mooney, a local community theater actor. He told the audience about Lee’s life and experiences in South Carolina before and during the war and about military events that happened along South Carolina’s coast in the 1860s.
After lunch, some of the ladies toured the original home at Hopsewee Plantation that was built in the 1730s. They also enjoyed walking around the grounds beside the river and seeing the flowers and ancient live oaks that are draped with Spanish moss.
Many members of the Arthur Manigault UDC chapter helped to make the district meeting a memorable one. They made individual favors for attendees, painted and donated an exquisite painting, contributed other items for the silent auction, and decorated each table with bowls of red and pink camellias.
– Submitted by Nancy Haynie-Mooney