Both the Virginia Division and General UDC Scholarship Applications for the upcoming school year are now being accepted. Click “Scholarships” tab above for more information.

Members of the Fincastle Chapter attended Lee-Jackson ceremonies in Richmond and in Lexington.

The Richmond ceremony, held in the Old House of Delegates chamber in the Virginia State Capitol, included a presentation on Dr. Hunter Holmes McGuire by Harry Sontag. Wreaths were presented by various UDC chapters, camps of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Children of the Confederacy.

Events in Lexington, hosted by the SCV, included a wreath laying at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, a parade down Main Street, and a symposium in the afternoon.

Merry Christmas

December 21, 2017

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!


You might enjoy reading an old-time Christmas story, such as Mrs. Louise Clack’s General Lee and Santa Claus: Christmas Gifts to her Little Southern Friends, originally published in 1867


Honor for Cpt. Sally Tompkins

December 21, 2017

The Virginia Women’s Monument on Capitol Square in Richmond, due to be dedicated in 2019, will include a statue of a Confederate Captain Sally Tompkins. Cpt. Tompkins, a Richmond hospital administrator renowned for her facility’s low mortality rate, was one of 12 women from 400 years of Virginia history chosen in 2013 for bronze statues as part of the monument.

Read more about the statue and Tompkins in the Richmond Times-Dispatch article here.

Fincastle Chapter 797  is pleased to announce that Kelsi Hammons of Eagle Rock won the organization’s statewide historical essay contest for her grade level. Kelsi’s essay, “The Battle of Five Forks,” was selected by the Virginia Division’s Committee on Historical Work with Students and received the Division’s $50 award. The Committee commended Kelsi for her research and writing skills. At its August 12, 2017 meeting, Kelsi read her essay for members of the Fincastle Chapter. President Harriett Francis and Historian Sheryl Hall presented a Certificate of Achievement and an additional monetary award to the essayist.

In addition, the chapter successfully sponsored two university students for UDC scholarships for the upcoming academic year. Daniel Landers Rader, a senior at the Virginia Military Academy, has been awarded the Virginia Division’s Stonewall Jackson Memorial Scholarship. Matson Lamar Roberts, Jr., a graduate student in the Architecture School at the University of Virginia, has been awarded the Virginia Division’s Preston Goss Glazebrook Scholarship, as well as the UDC General-level Malcolm M. Berglund Scholarship.

The Fincastle Chapter congratulates these students, both for their scholarly work and for their interest in history and wishes them great success for the future.