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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Public Land and, in that office, began working on this land- preservation acquisition a decade ago. Grandin involved David Ramseur seven years ago with the mayor's office and the city council in acquiring these 846 acres, which contained battlefield artifacts, for preservation. Also, the City of Jacksonville is planning a $1 million enhancement of the park, including boardwalks, a pavilion, an overlook tower, a kayak launch and trail signs. Greetings were also brought by Florida and Georgia SAR chapters and DAR and C.A.R. chapters. A large, patriotic chorus sang, and the Boy Scouts assisted in the ceremony. The featured speaker and award-winning Compatriot Dr. Roger Smith, reminded the crowd that the Battle of Thomas Creek was not just another border skirmish but an attempt to make northeast Florida the 14th colony. An SAR musket salute honored the Patriots who fought and died at Thomas Creek. Clearwater Chapter Cadet Austin Dziedzic, Gulf High School NROTC, was presented the SAR JROTC Award by Chapter President Pat Niemann at the Gulf High School Awards Ceremony, May 2. Jonathan Vincent, the newest member of the Clearwater Chapter of the SAR, was inducted by President Niemann during the March meeting held at the Dunedin Golf and Country Club. Vincent has been attending the chapter luncheons for some time, accompanying his grandfather, 98-year-old Compatriot Hal Miller, who had the honor of placing the SAR pin on his grandson's jacket. Tampa Chapter Noted historian Dr. Roger Smith spoke at the Tampa Chapter's March meeting on Colonial Florida history. He currently represents Colonial Research Associates, Inc. and speaks across the South on his Revolutionary War research. He has provided historical research for Super Music Vision, the music production company for the AMC series, Turn. Smith was featured discussing Florida's Revolutionary War history in the PBS documentary, America: The Prequel, a four-part series on the 450-year history of the city of St. Augustine, Florida, as well as on an episode of the PBS series Secrets of the Dead entitled "Secrets of Spanish Florida." GEORGIA SOCIETY Joseph Belknap Harris, Ph.D., was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award on May 5 for his distinguished service in numerous activities in his native Wilkes County, Georgia, one of the most notable being the preservation of the Kettle Creek Battlefield site. When he retired to Wilkes County, the battlefield consisted of 12 ½ acres purchased by the DAR in 1900. Harris mobilized the community and many interested parties to preserve the site for posterity by organizing the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association (KCBA). He became, and remains, the chairman of its board of directors. The KCBA has facilitated the preservation of the site, working closely with the CSRA Regional Commission to obtain a grant with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to develop a master plan. To further these plans, the Carl Vinson Institute was hired to design a conceptual plan. A botanical survey was made by the University of Georgia, which found many unusual and rare species. Following these efforts, a grant from the Georgia SAR, together with local funds, acquired an additional 60 acres. The Civil War Trust, supported by the American Battlefield Protection legislation, and funds from the Sarah Giles Moore Foundation and the Watson-Brown Foundation added 180 acres of adjoining property in 2017. In the last few years, hundreds of school children, preservationists, lovers of history and botanical enthusiasts have toured the battlefield site. The award was given by the Washington Wilkes Chapter GASSAR, and it coincided with the grave-marking ceremony honoring Dr. Harris' Revolutionary War Patriot ancestor, Owen Fluker. Harris was also a charter member of this SAR chapter and has previously served terms as vice president and treasurer. PPP Two Washington Wilkes County High School band members participated in grave-marking ceremonies by the Washington Wilkes Chapter and the Kettle Creek Chapter NSDAR on Saturday, May 5. Erin McLeroy, sophomore, and John Michael Miller, junior, shared their musical talents to honor Patriots John Callaway and Owen Fluker at two grave markings. John Michael drummed the Georgia SAR Color Guard on and off the field. Erin played Taps to close the service. Their musical tributes added to this solemn ceremony. 36 SAR MAGAZINE

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