Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Caroline Meriwether Goodlett
November 3, 1833 - October 16, 1914
— United Daughters of the Confederacy founder —
When the War for Confederate Independence began, Caroline's brother Edward Meriwether enlisted in the Confederate army. He was killed early in the war, and this strengthened her resolve to work for independence. She had several large tobacco barns at Woodstock converted into clothing manufacturing facilities. Area women gathered to make uniforms and bandages. Crops of food and even fine horses were directed to the Confederate army. Caroline often rode carrying medicine and clothing, even passing through enemy lines.
Postbellum, Caroline married Michael Campbell Goodlett, a widower with four children. Carolyn had a son from a previous marriage; he was a graduate from Vanderbilt, but died at 25. Caroline presented the first compulsory education bill to the Tennessee Legislature and saw it become law. Her compassion even led her to see drinking fountains
Caroline Meriwether Goodlett's most noted accomplishment was the founding of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (U.D.C.) in 1894. While the U.S. government aided U.S. veterans there was no such aid for Confederates. The U.D.C. worked to alleviate the suffering of our veterans. Chapters were formed across the South and in foreign countries. The local chapter was named Nashville Number One. Some of their prominent activities included maintaining the Confederate Soldiers Home, which Caroline had persuaded the State to donate land for. The U.D.C. began-conducting Confederate Memorial Day observances here at Mount Olivet, where Caroline had been a leader in establishing Confederate Circle. They are still observed in the 21st Century on the Sunday closest to Pres. Jefferson Davis's birthday (June 3rd). In the early 20th Century the U.D.C. was the most politically powerful and socially important women's club in Nashville. They began a drive for a dormitory for girls at Peabody (Vanderbilt) so that girls of Confederate ancestry could have rooms at a nominal rate, while educated as teachers. It was dedicated in 1935 as Confederate Memorial Hall. It still stands as an appropriate memorial to the goals of the U.D.C. and to the numerous former Confederates involved in founding Vanderbilt.
Erected by Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 28.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • War, US Civil • Women. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series list.
Location. 36° 8.967′ N, 86° 44.028′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Lebanon Pike. Marker is in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 Lebanon Pike, Nashville TN 37210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Brimage Bate (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Bell (about 300 feet away); Adolphus Heiman (about 300 feet away); Rachel Carter Craighead (about 300 feet away); Hylan Leitus Rosser (about 400 feet away); Thomas Benton Smith (about 400 feet away); Mary Kate Patterson Davis Hill Kyle (about 500 feet away); Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
More about this marker. Marker is part of Mt. Olivet Confederate Memorial Hall Trail.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.