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.

   On July 8, 2017, Fincastle Chapter 797 held an Iron Cross Dedication for Pvt. Fleming B. Caldwell (1812-1887), Burk’s Regt., Local Defense. The ceremony took place at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery outside of Fincastle and was attended by a number of Caldwell descendants, including third- and fourth-generation grandsons, who paid tribute by placing a wreath and flowers on Pvt. Caldwell’s grave. The chapter appreciates the assistance of good citizens in the repair of Pvt. Caldwell’s grave and the preparation of the Iron Cross for this ceremony. 

Memorial Day 2017

May 29, 2017

Members of Fincastle 797 join those around the nation in remembering the men and women of the armed services who have given their lives in service to their country.

“The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we—in a less final, less heroic way—be willing to give of ourselves.

As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will ever have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.”

Ronald Reagan, Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery, 1982


Battle of New Market

May 29, 2017

Grave of Sgt. William Henry Cabell, VMI Cadet killed at the Battle of New Market. Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.