The SAR Magazine

Summer 2018

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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12 SAR MAGAZINE 28 SAR MAGAZINE This is the second in an occasional series on the final resting places of our Founding Fathers. The first part appeared in the Winter 2018 issue of The SAR Magazine . By Lawrence Knorr (#152547), Joe Farrell and Joe Farley "Poor is the nation having no heroes; shameful the one that having them, forgets." – Marcus Tullius Cicero S ince the publication of our "Call to Action" article in the prior edition of The SAR Magazine, many have reached out with thank-yous, suggestions for other Patriots to include, and requests to speak at chapter meetings. Thank you to all for your heartfelt responses. They energize us as we continue our survey of the graves of our founders. One such response was regarding the lack of information in the article about the preponderance of Patriots in South Carolina. We informed the writer that we were well aware the Charleston area is home to the second-most founders' graves, only Philadelphia claiming more. In the period since our last article was submitted until this writing (early March), we have made three trips: one to Mount Vernon, another broad swing through the South, and a third to the greater Charleston, South Carolina area. Our experience at the tomb of George Washington at Mount Vernon was transcendent. The docent at the site must have sensed we were there for more than just a casual visit, especially since it was a cold, windy December day. ggWhen we told him what we were doing, he was kind enough to open the tomb and permit us entry. We were deeply moved and were humbled to stand before it. A picture of Washington's sarcophagus is included with this article. Washington's sarcophagus looks new, and the setting at Mount Vernon makes this one of the finest graves we have visited. The broad swing through the South was a very different experience. Motivated by the birth of his nephew in Gulfport, Mississippi, Lawrence Knorr headed to the Gulf Coast and then back through Tennessee and Kentucky before heading east through Ohio to Pennsylvania. Patrick Henry's estate was the first stop. The Patriot and former governor's grave was found on his plantation, a modest farmstead in rural Virginia. The only complaint about this site is its location—relatively far from other sites in Virginia. Next on to Knoxville, Tennessee, to the grave of William Blount, a signer of the Constitution. Knoxville's growth has crept up and around the little Colonial-era cemetery above the river. Blount's grave was well-worn and contained no additional markings. A small historical marker along the street mentioned he was interred within. A couple blocks down the street, also crowded by modern construction, is the Blount home. It is well-preserved and would make a nice location to move the grave of our founder, should it be possible or desirable. Our farthest-flung founder is none other than Continental Congressman Richard Smith, who signed the Continental Association. In 1803, to regain his health, he traveled through the South. In Vicksburg, Mississippi, he became ill and died. Some accounts have him buried in the Natchez City Cemetery. Knorr visited the cemetery and Graves of Our Founders: Recent Southern Trips The grave of Andrew Jackson at The Hermitage near Nashville.

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