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December 14, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Shooting at Snowden


Corn Field at Snowden (2013), Photo by Joanne L. Yeck

On November 14, 1901, The Richmond Dispatch printed the following report of a near tragedy at Snowden in Buckingham County. Once the property of Randolph Jefferson, in 1901, Snowden was owned by the Moon family.


Yesterday afternoon Mr. James W. Heath, of Norwood, here on a visit to his father, while hunting birds in the cornfield on the Snowden farm in Buckingham, accidently shot Mr. John Tindall, who was in the corn near by. The shot entered his face and neck, making numerous ugly and painful wounds. Mr. Heath, who was terribly distressed at the accident, as soon as he could get Mr. Tindall to the house, ran over for a doctor. Dr. Hart gave him prompt medical attention, and to-day he is considerably better and out shucking corn.

What can I say? They grow ‘em tough in Buckingham County.


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  1. Tim / Dec 14 2013 2:56 pm

    In the civil war the 56th Infantry Regiment was made up of volunteers from Buckingham County. The group is referred to in some documents as the Yancey Guards. In my research I have not been able to find out the story behind why the name of Yancey was given. Does anyone have any information or story about the Yancey Guards and why they carried that name?

    • Joanne Yeck / Dec 14 2013 8:39 pm

      Tim, I don’t know a story behind the name Yancey Guards except that Charles Yancey and the Yancey family were prominent in Buckingham County. Perhaps another reader will be able to comment. Joanne

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