The SAR Magazine

Fall 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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Chapters on Aug. 18 for the 185th birthday of President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901), 23rd President of the United States, and a member of the SAR. The Presidential Wreath was placed by Brig. Gen. Tony L. Wright, deputy commanding general, 88th Readiness Division. The master of ceremonies was Maj. Christopher S. Barnthouse, U.S. Army (Ret.), President Harrison's great nephew. IOWA SOCIETY North Central District Vice President General Mike Rowley and Iowa SAR Color Guard member David Rowley celebrate the birth of Isaac Rowley, their first grandchild and child, respectively, by completing and submitting his Sons of the American Revolution Junior membership application just nine hours after his birth in Des Moines, Iowa. KENTUCKY SOCIETY Blue Licks Chapter The Blue Licks Chapter's Cannon Coming Out Party on Sept. 8 was held in wet weather at Jim and Patti Jackson's home in Berry, Ky. Members of the Ensign William Bates Chapter Kentucky Sons of Revolution, DAR, and VFW Post 6423-Ralph Fulton Chapter were there to watch the Berry Cannon placed into active duty and fired four times. After the chapter meeting, there was plenty of food for everyone to enjoy, with a birthday cake to honor President Jackie Miller's birthday. Compatriot Miller is president of both the SAR/SR chapters along with Buzz Carmichael, Kentucky SR President, who oversaw the signing of Jackson's SR application for membership. Jackson's SAR application is being completed. When the cannon was fired, it brought tears to Miller's eyes as finally Blue Licks has officially activated the cannon to active duty and started the chapter education programs, Teach America and Long Live History of the American Revolution. Items were collected for the Rev. Forrest Bond Chilton Veterans Program and will be given to the local VA Hospital to help Kentucky veterans in need. MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY Cape Cod Chapter The Cape Cod Chapter MASSAR held a grave-marking ceremony on July 7 in honor of Pvt. Isaac Berry. In addition to responding to the alarms at Falmouth and Dartmouth, Mass., at the age of 50, Pvt. Berry participated in the transfer of 400 British prisoners from the HMS Somerset, which ran aground off Cape Cod. In addition to more than two dozen members of the Berry family and numerous officials from the Town of Yarmouth, a large contingent of Cape Cod Chapter members participated. From left: Chapter President David Schrader, Chapter Secretary Henry Curtis, Joshua Curtis, Bost Chapter member Paul Marceau, Kenneth Molloy, Chapter Registrar David Schafer, Chapter Treasurer David Bowie, MASSAR Secretary and Color Guard Commander Robert Bossart, George Lewis and Duncan Berry. MARYLAND SOCIETY Members of the Maryland Society gathered at the historic Maryland State House in Annapolis on August 26 to celebrate the acquisition and donation of the Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution Smallwood Collection to the Maryland State Archives. The collection includes historically important letters that reveal new insights into life in Revolutionary Maryland. The letters to and from Maj. Gen. William Smallwood had been in private hands for at least 150 years and came to auction in February. The Maryland Society purchase ensures that these letters, and all the stories they can tell, will be preserved and kept accessible to the public in perpetuity. The president of the Maryland Senate, the speaker of the House of Delegates and the Maryland State archivist were on hand for the ceremony as several of the letters were placed on public display at the State House. PPP On August 19, the Maryland Society traveled to Brooklyn, N.Y. to honor the Marylanders who fought and died on August 27, 1776 at the Battle of Brooklyn, also known as the Battle of Long Island. Ceremonies were held at the Old Stone House, where the Marylanders made their last stand, and at the Maryland 400 Monument in Prospect Park. The monument was commissioned by the Maryland SAR at a cost of $3,000 and dedicated on August 27, 1895. John Paul Jones Chapter Compatriot James Robinson Macris of the John Paul Jones Chapter was sworn in as a midshipman to the Naval Academy Class of 2022 on June 28 by his father, Capt. Jeffrey R. Macris. James, his three brothers—John, Joseph and Jesse—and father became members of the John Paul 28 SAR MAGAZINE Members of the Maryland Color Guard along with Maryland Society officers pose with the statue of Gen.l George Washington in the Old Maryland Senate Chamber on the spot where Washington stood before Congress to resign his command of the Continental Army. It was recalled by a witness: "The General's hand which held the address shook as he read it. When he spoke of the officers who had composed his family … he was obliged to support the paper with both hands."

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