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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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FALL 2018 33 OKLAHOMA SOCIETY Bartlesville Chapter Bartlesville's SAR and DAR members decorated the graves of soldiers who died in action and whose graves are rarely, if ever, decorated during the week of Memorial Day. The SAR members decorated about 90 graves in two Bartlesville cemeteries with handmade wooden crosses adorned with red, white and blue ribbons and imitation roses and carnations. The DAR decorated the same graves with handmade patriotic floral designs. Plans are to expand the program to another area cemetery next year. SOUTH CAROLINA SOCIETY The Battle of Eutaw Springs Chapter hosted the annual commemoration of the Battle of Eutaw Springs Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Historic Church of the Epiphany in Eutawville, S.C. More than 125 people attended the patriotic service and wreath-laying ceremony at the battle site. The patriotic service included a presentation by historian David Reuwer on the military positions of the American and British armies before and during the battle. During Saturday's service, Reuwer, Doug Bostick and Mike Brimer were recognized for their support of the Battle of Eutaw Spring's Commemoration. At the wreath-laying ceremony, the Washington Light Infantry Color Guard from Charleston posted the colors. The Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site Artillery Team fired a cannon volley. The SCSSAR Color Guard ended the ceremony with a three-round musket volley. On Sept. 7, a dinner and program took place at Clark's Inn and Restaurant in Santee. Bostick, director of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the Liberty Trail project the organization is developing. The Battle of Eutaw Springs site is a major part of Liberty Trail No. 1 and will see new developments next year, Bostick said. In attendance were members or representatives from nine SAR chapters, eight DAR chapters, six C.A.R. societies, members of the Tennessee SAR and DAR, and Vice President General Dan Woodruff, South Atlantic District. Family representatives also participated in the wreath- laying ceremony. On Saturday, a wreath presentation with musket volley took place at the tomb of Gen. Francis Marion at Belle Isle Plantation near Pineville. Gen. James Williams and Col. Philemon Waters Chapters The Sullivan-Dunklin Chapter DAR and the Gen. James Williams and Col. Philemon Waters Chapters SAR co-sponsored the 238th anniversary celebration Aug. 18 of the Patriot victory at Musgrove Mill on the Enoree River. The celebration program began with a welcome by Dawn Weaver, Musgrove Mill State Historic Site manager. Lawrence Peebles, chaplain of the Gen. James Williams Chapter, gave the invocation followed by the SCSSAR Color Guard, directed by VPG Woodruff, and the Dorman High School Rangers, directed by John Moss of the SC Rangers, presenting the colors. Polly Hellams of the Sullivan-Dunklin Chapter DAR sang the national anthem. Compatriots Charles McKinney, Clifton McKinney and Larry Killan led the pledges. Hellams, SCSCAR President Tyler Cox and David Smith, SCSSAR Piedmont Region vice president, led the creeds and brought greetings from their organizations. Tom Forte, president of the Col. Philemon Waters Chapter, introduced DAR Vice President General Dianne Tucker Culbertson, who presented a synopsis of heroines of the American Revolution. She then introduced two local heroines who traversed 238 years to present a firsthand rendition of their lives during the Revolution and what transpired in making them heroic Patriots. Mary Ramage Dillard, portrayed by Laura Thompson of Charleston, gave insight into her life during the British occupation and her act of heroism, Dicey Langston, portrayed by Linda Hawkins of Sumter, presented her life situation and her heroic action living in Tory- and British- occupied territory Chris Prince of the Col. Philemon Waters Chapter led the wreath presentations, and a musket salute followed. After the SAR Recessional, participants, guests and park visitors were treated to homemade ice cream. The Gen. James Williams and Col. Philemon Waters chapters decided to deviate from the normal celebration. Although the victory was accomplished on the field by the valor of men, many of whom were from the battle site area, unsung heroic women were in the background. Dicey Langston is reputed to have worked her way behind the Tory and Provincial camp at Musgrove Mill, untied tethered horses and scattered them. The result was a retreat to Ninety-Six on foot. Colonel William Bratton Chapter The Col. William Bratton Chapter and the South Carolina SAR co-hosted the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Huck's Defeat at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells, S.C. It was our chapter's pleasure to partner with Ivan Bennett, president of the South Carolina SAR, for this event. Compatriot Bennett is vice president of the Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter and senior state chairman of the C.A.R.- SAR/SR Relations Committee. Additionally, there were greetings from Tyler Cox, state president of the South Carolina C.A.R. We were elated with the attendance and participation of representatives from the DAR and C.A.R. Prior to the laying of the wreaths, Adam King, secretary of the Col. William Bratton Chapter, spoke about the Battle of Huck's Defeat with a historical overview. TENNESSEE SOCIETY Hiwassee Chapter An Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps student in Germany has been presented a medal by the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site Artillery Team fires a cannon volley at the Eutaw Springs commemoration. [Photo by Thomas C. Hanson]

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