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      The day after our September breakfast meeting, we lost another sister. Member Barbie Chaney,56, fought a good fight but is now with her beloved Ed Chaney.

We lost our brother Ed Chaney November 11, 2016 to cancer. He was a member and Historian of the Pittsylvania Co. Vindicator's Camp SCV and the Heritage Preservation Association. He was also a member of the 8th Platoon Mechanized Cavalry of Virginia. He was a strong fighter, believer, and lover of his Confederate Heritage. Most of all, he was a devoted husband to Barbie. This wonderful man is greatly missed by family and friends.

Barbie joined him September 8, 2019 after an illness of many years. She was a loved daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother. She joined our great organization April 15, 2013 under her ancestor William Jefferson Wigginton. We normally saw her with a smile on her face and a joyful hello in her speech. She was treasured by the SCV as much as the UDC treasured Ed.

We love them as family and will morn them as such. We will miss their kindness and their fellowship at Confederate events. God speed and we will see you two again someday.

      We say goodbye.

      On September 7, 2019, we met at Golden Corral to kick off our first meeting of the fiscal year. We opened the meeting and introduced our officers for the 2019-2021.

I need to digress for a moment. Prior to the introduction of the officers, our member Susan Byrd received a certificate of appreciation for her late and beloved husband Wayne Byrd. A wonderful tribute to a sweet man. We miss you Wayne.

We also came to hear speaker Robert Snow talk about his journey in having his books published.

He explained it started out as a project to find information on his own confederate ancestors in the war. He started thinking of the other Danville soldiers. Using census records (mostly the 1860 census) and other books, he collected enough names and a little something about the individuals. He then put together a couple of collections of soldier information for the 38th VA Infantry as well as the men in the 57th VA Infantry. Some information collected from his sources are family members and where they lived in the 1860 census. He also included when they enlisted and where they died in the war.

From there his interest in local Civil War soldiers grew into several more books. (His books you can purchase online) In total, we had a wonderful discussion that brought out questions. One of them included if he was going to do more books.

Books on the Confederate units

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From left to right: Sharon Jennings (Historian), Courtney Bailey (Registrar), Linda Yeatts (Recording Secretary), Diane Barbour (President), Christina Gibson (Vic President), and Christina Wyatt (Recorder of Military Service Awards and Webmaster). Not pictured: Julie Baldwin (Treasurer)

Award given to Susan Byrd in appreciation for the work of her late husband Wayne.

Mr. Robert Snow and two of his books. The books are displayed to the left.

Two of Robert Snow’s books that can be purchased on line.