Welcome to the Mary Whitney Phelps Tent No. 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War,
1861-1865 website. Mrs. Phelps and husband John (later the Governor of Missouri) resided in
Springfield, Missouri during the Civil War. She was known for her compassionate care of soldiers
during the war and establishing an orphanage for both Union and Confederate orphans post war. To
learn more about Mary Whitney Phelps, click on the link with her name at the top of the homepage.
Based in Springfield, Missouri, we were chartered on October 3, 1999. Our current membership of 105
includes one Real Daughter (a woman whose father fought in the Civil War), one of the 4th great
granddaughters of John S. and Mary Whitney Phelps, and 10 duvs (young ladies age 8-19).
Tent No. 22 is a working tent. Its members actively participate in the objects of the organization,
including genealogical, historical, patriotic, and service and community projects. Some of the ongoing
tent projects include patriotic instruction for elementary school children, giving porch flags to residents
of new homes for Habitat for Humanity, and the Adopt-a-Veteran program at the Mt. Vernon Veterans'
Home to fulfill the veterans' Christmas wish lists. We have published several books and have placed
four historical markers, the most recent being Warden's Station Marker placed on November 3, 2019.
Each month, we have a “Celebration of Life” to honor the ancestor of one of our members.
Tent No. 22 is a member of the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation and supports the
national battlefield in various ways, including placing luminaries at Christmas
Missouri will be celebrating its Bicentennial in 2021. Plans are underway to place our tent information
on their website.
We do hope you enjoy our website, and, of course, we invite you to visit a tent meeting. Meetings begin
at 10:00 a.m. on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 1415 S. Holland
Avenue in Springfield (just west of Phelps Grove Park). We have interesting programs and a friendly
group of members who would welcome you.
In Fraternity, Loyalty, and Charity,
Patricia “Pat” Graham Haas