Flag is Conserved!

August 17, 2016

The Fincastle Chapter is pleased to announce that the fundraising goal for the conservation of the Botetourt Dragoons flag has been reached and the flag has been fully conserved and is back in the collections of the American Civil War Museum (Museum of the Confederacy). We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of all the donors who helped us reach this successful end and also those whose support and energy kept the project going these past five years. The museum staff has been more than gracious in sharing photos and updates on the conservation process.

A dedication ceremony is set for October 22 at the museum branch in Appomattox.

By conserving this flag, the Fincastle Chapter seeks to preserve a direct and tangible link to the War Between the States. This irreplaceable and priceless relic is a part of the museum’s highly regarded and highly accessible artifact collection. Without conservation, the flag would have continued to deteriorate. The Dragoons flag is prized among the Museum’s collections for its fine oil painting and its connection to a Virginia Cavalry unit.

We are honored to have been a part of conserving this flag for the next 150 years!

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Before conservation. Photo courtesy Katherine Wetzel, Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, VA

0985.13.1775 2nd Va Cavalry Co C - post conservation

After conservation. Photo courtesy Alan Thompson. Courtesy of American Civil War Museum, Richmond, VA



Back to School

August 17, 2016

At its August meeting, the Fincastle Chapter collected over a dozen book bags and filled them essential school supplies. The book bags will be delivered to an elementary school in Alleghany County, which was hard hit this summer by torrential rains and floods.


Best wishes to all of our students for a great upcoming year!