On February 4, 2017, the Fincastle Chapter honored brothers Fred and Eugene Lee for their military service. The ceremony was held at the Botetourt County Court House in Fincastle. The brothers were introduced by the Chapter Recorder of Military Service Awards, Donna DiMurro, and the medals were bestowed by Chapter President Harriett B. Francis as Presiding Officer. Fred Lee was presented with the Cross of Military Service Award for his service as a Private First Class, U.S. Army, during World War II. Eugene was presented a National Defense Medal for his service as a Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, during the  Korean War. Numerous friends and family members were present for the ceremony, including the Lees’ sister Annebelle.

The Lee Family has a long tradition of military service. Fred and Eugene’s father, Herman Ottway Lee, served in World War I; their great-grandfather and two great uncles served in the Confederacy. Their great-great-grandfather, Zachariah Lee, Jr., served in American forces during the War of 1812 and his father was a pioneer who was born in Albemarle County in 1867 and served in the Revolutionary War.

The Fincastle Chapter extends heartfelt thanks to the Lees for their service and is proud to honor them with this recognition.


Virginia Division and General Scholarship Applications for undergraduate and graduate students are now available.

The Virginia Division scholarships must be used at a Virginia school, and some of them are designated for use at a specific institution.We have three scholarships which have not been awarded for several years at:

  • -Washington & Lee
  • -William & Mary (Female only)
  • -University of Virginia (History only)
Finally, the E. Elizabeth Snedden Scholarship is now available for students attending community colleges or vocational-technical schools in Virginia.  The Virginia Division Scholarship Application Form has been updated to identify these applicants and the expected timeline for their course of study.
Additional information is available online at:
General Scholarships: http://www.hqudc.org/scholarships/
Virginia Division Scholarships: http://vaudc.org/

Flag is Unveiled!

November 7, 2016

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, the Museum of the Confederacy–Appomattox held a ceremony to unveil the conserved Botetourt Dragoons Flag. Members of the Fincastle Chapter, which had served as the sponsors for fundraising for the flag’s conservation, were on hand to see the flag unveiled for the first time. Donors to the flag fund, as well as members of the Peck family were on hand for the event. Ladies of Botetourt County presented this silk flag to members of the Dragoons as they left Fincastle in 1861. Rufus H. Peck, who was a Fincastle native, donated the flag to the museum in 1907. Since that time, the flag had deteriorated and in 2011 was listed among the 12 most endangered flags in the museum’s collection. Textile Preservation Associates, Inc. of Ranson, West Virginia, completed the detailed conservation work on both sides of the flag.

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Pre-conservation Courtesy: Katherine Wetzel, Museum of the Confederacy


Post-conservation flag at the Museum of the Confederacy, Appomattox. October 22, 2016.



View of Monument Terrace. From: Lynchburg Museum System.

Members of the Fincastle Chapter attended the 121st Virginia Division Convention in Lynchburg, October 6-9, 2016. The convention theme was “The Heart of Virginia–Confederate Families.” At the Historical Evening event, one Cross of Military Service and three National Defense Medals were awarded to military personnel who served in the Vietnam Conflict and the Global War on Terror. Col. Greg Eanes, US Air Force (Ret) presented a fitting program recounting Jubal Early’s role in the Battle of Lynchburg. Over 160 were in attendance, including 135  members.

We thank the hostess chapters from the Third District for their hospitality.


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

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