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Winter 2018-2019

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WINTER 2018-19 13 battle and related issues continues. Another book, the 511- page Chronicles of Wilkes County, Georgia, was published in 1978. Included are extensive reports on the Kettle Creek Battlefield and nearby Liberty Church as the birthplace of Presbyterians in Georgia. SAR and Revolutionary Days In 1998, the GASSAR began a series of annual Revolutionary Days celebrations in Washington, Ga., commemorating the Feb. 14, 1779, anniversary date of the Battle at Kettle Creek. These memorial services continue to be held on War Hill and include the laying of wreaths at the obelisk. When, in 2010, George Thurmond was Georgia SAR president and Robert Galer chair of Historical Sites and Celebration, local resident Joseph Harris, Ph.D., charter member of Washington-Wilkes SAR and retired botanist, served on Galer's committee and enhanced Revolutionary Days in Washington, Ga. Harris, through his service on the Georgia Council on Aging, was familiar with a few Georgia legislators and state Regional Development Commission staff, including State Rep. Mickey Channell, a Wilkes County native. He was able to get an appointment with Channell in December 2010. They discussed both the Georgia Council on Aging and Kettle Creek Battlefield issues. Channell also had assisted Harris, and 24 signatories, with a request for adding the battlefield to the official Georgia Highway Map in September 2007. Coincident yet unrelated to this, the National Park Service identified the battlefield as Class C, "associated with events that had a demonstrable influence, conduct and results of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812," in its 2007 report to Congress. During Revolutionary Days, on Feb. 12, 2011, many SAR and DAR members, including Thurmond (chair, NSSAR Historic Sites and Celebration Committee), met to discuss an organized effort to preserve and develop the battlefield site. Action items included clearing underbrush at the site, land purchasing from Plum Creek Timber Company, recognizing the site of Liberty Church, state park status and additional meetings. New Acreage Added A strong drive for KCBA charter membership resulted in 54 organizations and 138 individuals joining. Following additional fundraising, 60 additional acres north of the 14-acre county property were purchased on Jan. 25, 2014. It was the first major addition to the battlefield site in more than 100 years. About the Author: Dr. Joseph B. Harris earned his Ph.D. in botany from Duke University. Having published more than 45 research articles in journals and books, he retired as professor emeritus from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point to the hometown of his ancestors in Washington, Ga. He is a charter member of the Washington-Wilkes Chapter, from which he is recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. He appreciates a critique of this report by David Chesnut, past president of the Washington-Wilkes Chapter, SAR . Record Copies Available Online For the first time, the National Society is making available the ability to order a record copy of an application online with credit card payment. Currently, only the record copies in which the name, national number and Patriot ancestor are provided. This will significantly reduce the amount of time for a member to receive a copy of an application. Most copies will be returned by email the same business day the order is placed. Please keep in mind that holidays, vacation days and sick days may delay the processing of record copy requests, including those that are placed online. This system cannot be used for an ancestor search or a documentation request. Those may become available at a later date. Please keep in mind that record copies of living members of the SAR are restricted to members of the SAR, DAR and C.A.R. You are required to enter your national number to place an order. To place an order for record copies, visit record-copy .

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