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United Daughters of the Confederacy® has five objectives.  


     In keeping with the historical objectives of the organization, a marker dedication for Sergeant Berry Benson was held on his birthday February 9, 1996. His granddaughter from Mississippi attended the service along with President General, Mrs. Francis C. Palmer, and South Carolina Division President, Mrs. Winfred Cope.

     In September 1996, two Jefferson Davis Highway (US #1) markers were relocated in Aiken County. A dedication service was held in conjunction with the Bernard E. Bee Camp SCV.


     During the year, chapter members present educational programs about the War Between the States in area elementary schools. In 1996, a copy of the book, Berry Benson's Civil War Book by Susan Williams Benson, was given to our local library. A picture of Sgt. Benson with his Unsurrendered Rifle was presented to the South Carolina Relic Room in Columbia.

     Jeanie Benson Chapter # 884 is sponsored by the Benson Chapter and was chartered in May 1996. This is a Children of the Confederacy® Chapter which is an auxiliary of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Ten children and grandchildren of Benson Chapter members are the Charter Members.


     Several members contributed money to support Real Daughters through the Mrs. Norman V. Randolph Relief Fund. There are 10 Real Daughters of Confederate Veterans receiving benefits from this fund at the present time. Two Real Daughters of Aiken County became members of the Berry Benson Chapter in 1996.


     On May 10, South Carolina Memorial Day, wreaths are laid at the Confederate Monument on the South Carolina State House grounds.


     Remembering our area veterans in a local nursing home with Christmas gifts is a chapter project.Proper use and respect of the United States flag and other flags including the Confederate First National Flag is emphasized.