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Imagine finding a relic at a yard sale?! 

(September 2013 Civil War News article -www.civilwarnews.com


PETERSBURG, Va. – A Southern Cross of Honor that turned up at a Northern Virginia garage sale has been donated to the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier at Pamplin Historical Park.
Yard sale browser Hazel Alvey of Dumfries, Va., recognized the small object a sale table was more than a trinket. It was the medal awarded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) to Confederate soldiers. 

The Norfolk Chapter of the UDC gave Pvt. Solon Deakins the medal in 1903. Alvey purchased it for $10 and then contacted Mary Schaller, third vice president and historian of the UDC’s Fairfax Chapter 1410, who accepted it as a donation.

In seeking a permanent home for the medal, Schaller asked fellow UDC member Harriet Hunt for suggestions. Hunt, an active member of Pamplin Historical Park, suggested the park. Executive director A. Wilson Greene accepted the medal in July. 

The park plans to place it in the final room of the main exhibit, “Duty Called Me Here,” where thousands of visitors will see it.

Solon Deakins was from Greensville County, near Emporia, Va. He served in the 12th Virginia Infantry, Co. I, and the 13th Virginia Cavalry, Co. F. He enlisted as a teenager and participated in battles such as the Wilderness and Cold Harbor and the September 1864 Beefsteak Raid to capture cattle. 
Mary and Martin Schaller, Donald and Harriett Hunt and the Schaller’s granddaughter, Shelby Williams, delivered the medal and their research. 

Shelby is president of the Antonia Ford Chapter, Children of the Confederacy, which Fairfax Chapter sponsors. Mary Schaller worked on the UDC’s Centennial Real Daughters Project, which documented hundreds of first-hand accounts of daughters’ stories about the fathers who fought in the Confederacy. She published a book on the same topic, Papa was a Boy in Gray (Thomas Publications, 2001).
PETERSBURG, Va. – A Southern Cross of Honor that turned up at a Northern Virginia garage sale has been donated to the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier at Pamplin Historical Park.
Yard sale browser Hazel Alvey of Dumfries, Va., recognized the small object a sale table was more than a trinket. It was the medal awarded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) to Confederate soldiers. 

The Norfolk Chapter of the UDC gave Pvt. Solon Deakins the medal in 1903. Alvey purchased it for $10 and then contacted Mary Schaller, third vice president and historian of the UDC’s Fairfax Chapter 1410, who accepted it as a donation.

In seeking a permanent home for the medal, Schaller asked fellow UDC member Harriet Hunt for suggestions. Hunt, an active member of Pamplin Historical Park, suggested the park. Executive director A. Wilson Greene accepted the medal in July. 

The park plans to place it in the final room of the main exhibit, “Duty Called Me Here,” where thousands of visitors will see it.

Solon Deakins was from Greensville County, near Emporia, Va. He served in the 12th Virginia Infantry, Co. I, and the 13th Virginia Cavalry, Co. F. He enlisted as a teenager and participated in battles such as the Wilderness and Cold Harbor and the September 1864 Beefsteak Raid to capture cattle. 
Mary and Martin Schaller, Donald and Harriett Hunt and the Schaller’s granddaughter, Shelby Williams, delivered the medal and their research. 

Shelby is president of the Antonia Ford Chapter, Children of the Confederacy, which Fairfax Chapter sponsors. Mary Schaller worked on the UDC’s Centennial Real Daughters Project, which documented hundreds of first-hand accounts of daughters’ stories about the fathers who fought in the Confederacy. She published a book on the same topic, Papa was a Boy in Gray (Thomas Publications, 2001).

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