Welcome to the Mary Whitney Phelps Tent No. 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War,
1861-1865 website. Mrs. Phelps and her husband John S. Phelps (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
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 8 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, 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. In
2020, we placed a new headstone for John and Roxanna Ray at Lindsey Cemetery in Republic, MO.
The Rays were the owners of the Ray House on Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. This year we are
planning the dedication of a headstone for Rhoda Ray Jones. Watch our website for information and
the date of her dedication. At each meeting, we have a “Celebration of Life” to honor one
of our members' ancestor.
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. Our Tent is on the Missouri Bicentennial
Community Legacy website: https://missouri2021.org/mo-community-legacies/.
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 every month (except January, June, July, and August) 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