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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SUMMER 2018 37 Eight compatriots from the Wiregrass Chapter and Brier Creek Chapter traveled to Midway Cemetery for the dedication of grave markers commemorating the service of five Patriot soldiers: Thomas Bacon, John Osgood, Joseph Quarterman, Josiah Osgood and William Way. Members attending the ceremony were Chip Durden, Ruskin Powell, Steve Burke, Lee Smith, Dess Smith III, Christian Cotton- Dixon, Charles Cotton-Dixon and Casey Cotton-Dixon. Also attending was Jane Durden, a member of the Gov David Emanuel/Adam Brinson Chapter, DAR. Six Georgia SAR chapters sponsored this event: the Athens, Brier Creek, Captain John Collins, Marshes of Glynn, Robert Forsyth and the Wiregrass chapters. This event was in conjunction with the St. John's Parish Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. President Lee Smith presented the Brier Creek Chapter wreath, and Dess Smith III presented the Wiregrass Chapter wreath. Ruskin, Dess, Christian, Charles and Casey fired their Pennsylvania Flintlock long rifles eight rounds, and Steve and Lee fired their 6-pounder naval cannon three rounds. Colonel William Few Chapter On May 19, the Col. William Few Chapter sponsored a grave marker dedication ceremony in Augusta, Georgia for Georgia's three signers of the Declaration of Independence: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall and George Walton. Co-sponsoring chapters were the Button Gwinnett Chapter SAR, Lyman Hall Chapter SAR and the George Walton Chapter SAR. The Augusta Chapter DAR and College Hill Chapter DAR prepared food for a reception after the event. On hand was the Georgia SAR Color Guard, with the Elijah Clarke Militia providing a three-round musket volley and artillery fire with a replica 6-pound naval cannon. Georgia SAR President Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Donald Burdick dedicated the new grave marker at the Signer's Monument located at the intersection of Greene and Monument streets. The Signer's Monument was dedicated in 1848. ILLINOIS SOCIETY Fox Valley Chapter The Fox Valley Chapter honored Patriot Daniel Burroughs on May 19 in Griswold Cemetery in rural Kendall County. The chapter hosted the ceremony, with special thanks to the Kishwaukee Chapter and Fort Dearborn Chapter compatriots and the Fox River Valley DAR. Burroughs was born May 28, 1755 in Windsor, Connecticut. In 1775, while residing in Alstead, New Hampshire, he volunteered as a private in Col. John Stark's regiment and served three months before being discharged by proclamation. He volunteered again in 1776 and was appointed corporal in Col. Bidel's regiment. The regiment marched to Fort Ticonderoga, where Burroughs was stationed for five months before being discharged. Volunteering again in 1777, Burroughs was promoted to first sergeant, and he served at Fort Ticonderoga until the fort was evacuated by the Continental Army on July 6, 1777. Remaining with the militia, Burroughs took part in the pivotal Battle of Saratoga in October 1777. Here, American Gen. Horatio Gates led the Continental Army and militia units to victory over a British force of some 7,000 men. A month later, Burroughs was once again discharged by proclamation, and he returned home to New Hampshire. Nearly three years later, Native Americans allied with the British set fire to the town of Royalton, Vermont. Burroughs enlisted with a regiment that was dispatched to pursue them. He was on duty with this expedition for two months as a sergeant before being discharged. After the war, Burroughs settled in Williamstown, Vermont for 17 years. Following this, he resided in Shalersville, Portage County, Ohio. In 1837, he came to Kane County, Illinois with his son, Daniel Burroughs Jr., who was a veteran of the War of 1812. Burroughs passed away at the age of 88 on Oct. 18, 1843. He is buried in the Griswold Cemetery in Plano, Illinois. General George Rogers Clark Chapter Five members of the Gen. George Rogers Clark Chapter, Illinois Society, Sons of the American Revolution, paid tribute to their chapter's namesake on May 26. Chapter President Charles Dobias, Vice President Robert Ridenour, Registrar Jim DeGroff, and Compatriots Philip Bailey and Richard Ruedin traveled to Vincennes, Indiana to participate in ceremonies at George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, sponsored by the Indiana SAR to honor Clark. DeGroff represented the chapter in placing a wreath in front of the statue of Clark. George Rogers Clark, a surveyor and militia officer during the Revolutionary War, was the highest-ranking military officer on the northwestern frontier. He is best known for leading a small force of about 175 men across the freezing Illinois countryside to capture the British-held Fort Sackville at Vincennes in February 1779. After two days of fighting, Gov. Hamilton and his 600 British and Native American troops surrendered to Lt. Col. Clark's force. General Joseph Bartholomew Chapter The General Joseph Bartholomew Chapter held its annual recognition banquet at the Bloomington Country Club on April 12. The faculties of the 20 high schools in McLean and Woodford counties selected an outstanding senior student

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