2019-2020 Scholarships

January 8, 2019

Division and General Scholarship Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Applications must be received by the Chapter by Friday, February 8, 2019, for review and any necessary revisions.

Division applications are due by March 1, 2019, and General applications are due by April 15, 2019.

See “Scholarships” tab for details on applications.

The Fincastle Chapter has sponsored several Division and General scholarship winners!

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2018

Members of the Fincastle Chapter gathered in early December at the Hotel Roanoke to share a Christmas lunch and to enjoy the beautifully decorated trees in the lobby. In observance of the holidays, members brought Christmas cards for veterans, donated filled Christmas stockings for a local veteran, and collected coats and other outerwear to donate to the Roanoke Rescue Mission.

This year has been filled with activities, meetings, awards, and projects that seek to fulfill all UDC objectives of Historical, Educational, Benevolent, Memorial, and Patriotic. We look forward to plans in 2019 to continue this work, to benefit all in our communities, and to recognize the sacrifice of our American veterans.  Warm blessings for the New Year!



My pipe is out, my glass is dry;

My fire is almost ashes too;

But once again, before you go,

And I prepare to meet the New;

Old Year! A parting word that’s true,

For we’ve been comrades, you and I –

I thank God for each day of you;

There! Bless you now! Old Year, good-bye!

Robert W. Service, “The Passing of the Year,” 1912



Christmas Letter Home

December 31, 2018

The American Civil War Museum (formerly, the Museum of the Confederacy) shared this Christmas letter sent from Nathaniel J. Cundiff, a soldier in the 10th Battalion, Virginia Heavy Artillery, to his Mother, Mary Cundiff, in Bedford County in 1863. The three page letter is transcribed on the ACWM website: Cundiff Letter.

Nathaniel survived the war, was paroled at Appomattox, and lived to the age of 73. He died at the Soldiers’ Home in Richmond and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery.

Historian James McPherson has stated that “Civil War armies were the most literate in all history to that time.” Historians continue to uncover diaries, letters, and other written accounts of the war written by soldiers and accounts of life on the home front. Recently, the Library of Congress digitized a set of letters it has held since 1937. The letters are between husband and wife Mary Ann and John Arnold of Pennsylvania. The correspondence reveals that Mary Ann was illiterate and that she had to rely on neighbors to write letters she would dictate, as well as to read the letters she received from her soldier-husband. These poignant letters are a reminder of the sacrifices and worries that plagued families on both sides of the war. You can read an article about the letters here.

Access the digitized letters here.

United Daughters of the ConfederacySince becoming Virginia Division President, Ginger Stephens has contacted several Internet sites concerning inaccurate descriptions of the UDC as a “white supremacist” group. The entries are biased and pay little attention to our benevolent support of widows, descendants, and veterans of all American wars. The sites include Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia of Virginia. The entries are not written by a UDC member, and the UDC was not contacted for content. Members offering assistance with revisions received no response from the sites’ editors.

President Stephens has articulated to the managers of these sites that the primary objectives of the UDC are: Historical, Educational, Benevolent, Memorial and Patriotic. Read about some of the efforts in this article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 6, 2018.  Please note that these efforts benefit the entire UDC organization, not just the Virginia Division.