One hundred years ago in Louisiana, wives, widows, daughters and nieces of Confederate veterans banded together the various benevolent and memorial organizations that had been formed since the War. Noble women throughout the South were organizing into a grand army to assure the facts of the mighty struggle for Southern Independence were truthfully told; to assist the veterans whenever possible; and to lovingly bury the dead and care for their graves.
Mrs. J. Pickney Smith, wife of Captain Smith, was the enthusiastic leader of Louisiana women. She traveled the state to interest ladies in forming chapters in their home towns, and before long, four chapters were organized. The honor of being the charter chapter of Louisiana fell to New Orleans #72. With these chapters being organized, Mrs. Smith petitioned a resolution to the President General, United Daughters of the Confederacy, that the Louisiana State Division be organized.
The call for the Louisiana state convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was issued by New Orleans #72 Chapter and on the 17th of February 1899, the first meeting of said division was called to order by President of the New Orleans chapter, Mrs. F. G. Freret. Mrs. Jefferson Davis was honored by being named Honorary President of Division and Mrs. Margaret Davis Hays was made an Honorary member of the division.
President General Mrs. Katie Cabell Currie, being present at the organizational meeting, was requested to preside until permanent state officers could be elected. Mrs. Currie took the chair and the convention proceeded to organize and conduct business.
The first division officers unanimously elected in 1899 were:
President ~ Mrs. J. Pickney Smith
Vice President ~ Mrs. T. B. Pugh
Second Vice President ~ Miss Birdie Scott
Third Vice President ~ Mrs. Rudolph Mayer
Recording Secretary ~ Miss Sue Abney
Corresponding Secretary ~ Miss Cora Richardson
Historian ~ Mrs. F. G. Freret
Registrar ~ Mrs. D. A. S. Vaught
A corsage for Mrs. Wells