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"When you go home, we want you to endeavor to inspire your sons and daughters more and more with a love for this work. Have them, if they are not already members, affiliate themselves with some organization of this association."

-- Col. Abe Harris, President of the Texas Association of Veterans of the Mexican War,
to the delegates at the 1907 convention in Dallas.

DMWV members at Palo Alto Battlefield, 1999

The DMWV is a non-profit, non-political, national lineage society chartered by the State of Texas and recognized by the U. S. government as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Our purposes are historical, genealogical, educational and charitable in nature.

We are the descendants of both regular and volunteer officers, enlisted men, and civilian employees of the United States Army.

Both men and women may join our society. We are not a "sons of" or "daughters of" type organization.

We are also something of a rarity among lineage societies in that to us, history and genealogy are inseparable. Our activities, accordingly, are driven by an interest in both, with neither one being emphasized to the exclusion of the other.

Our purpose is not to glorify war, nor to denigrate those who fought on the other side or their descendants. Our primary purpose is simply to bring some measure of recognition to a group of previously-overlooked U.S. veterans. We welcome a free and frank discussion of the causes and consequences of the U.S.-Mexican War, from all perspectives.

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Our Purpose as stated in our By-laws

The purpose, aims and objectives of this organization are:

  • To associate in one united body, descendants of American military veterans of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848 and to cultivate and perpetuate the ties of fraternity and friendship entailed thereof.

  • To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the American soldiers and sailors who served their country during the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848.

  • To foster the preservation of documents and relics of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848.

  • To urge, encourage, and assist in activities designed to increased public awareness and understanding of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848 and its participants.

  • To establish a facility devoted to study, research and understanding of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848 and its participants.

  • To secure and memorialize historic sites within the boundaries of the United States which are connected with the history of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848 by erecting markers or other monuments thereon.

  • To encourage the publication of records of individual soldiers and sailors of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848, as well as the general history of that war in all its aspects.

  • To promote the annual celebration or observance of certain momentous events in the history of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848.

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