The SAR Magazine

Winter 2018-2019

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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WINTER 2018-19 31 KENTUCKY SOCIETY Past Kentucky SAR President Chuck Scott presented the Law Enforcement Medal to Chelsi Lawson Hamilton, the widow of Scott Hamilton, a Pikeville, Ky., policeman who died in the line of duty. "She appreciated the wording used on the certificate and was taken back by the $200 monetary award given by the Blue Licks Chapter," Scott said. "She said she'll be putting the money toward the couple's daughter's savings." The 35-year-old Hamilton, a 12-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed in March 2018, leaving behind a wife and baby girl, Brynlee. LOUISIANA SOCIETY Natchitoches Chapter The Natchitoches Chapter, led by Chapter President Sandy McNeely, marked the grave of Francois Paul Bossier on Oct. 27, 2018. Bossier served in the Opelousas Militia as part of the Galvez Expedition and then settled with family in Natchitoches Parish. This marking completed the chapter's multi-year project to appropriately mark every known grave of a Revolutionary War Patriot buried in Natchitoches Parish. At the conclusion of the solemn ceremony in honor of Francois Paul Bossier, the Louisiana SAR, led by State President Ted Brode, walked 20 or so yards to the grave of William Houston Jack, where a plaque was placed on the obelisk marking Jack's final resting place. MARYLAND SOCIETY Capt. John Smoot Chapter The Capt. John Smoot Chapter hosted a trip from Crisfield, Md., to the Solomon's Lump Lighthouse, above, in Chesapeake Bay on Oct. 8, 2018. This was the site of the Battle of Kedges Straits, also known as the Battle of the Barges, which took place on Nov. 30, 1782. The naval battle between a Loyalist flotilla and Patriot forces resulted in the death of Commodore Zedechiah Whaley of Maryland, commander of the American fleet. Accounts published at the time stated that casualties on both sides included 35 killed and 47 wounded. Representatives from Maryland and Virginia organizations, including DAR, SAR and local historical societies, commemorated the battle and honored those who fought and died there. The group then visited Smith Island, where the Maryland Historical Trust provided a presentation on the battle. Chapter President Mark Tyler presented a Flag Certificate to Ewell United Methodist Church in recognition of their display of the American flag on a monument to veterans. Gen. William Smallwood Chapter The Gen. William Smallwood Chapter of Montgomery County, Md., commemorated its 50th anniversary at a dinner meeting held in September in Silver Spring. Speakers at the meeting included several past chapter and state presidents as well as President General Joe Dooley (2013-14), Atlantic Middle States District Vice President Lou Raborg and current MDSSAR President Jim Adkins. Proclamations were received from the governor of Maryland and the Montgomery County executive From left, State President Ted Brode, Tony L. Vets, Ed Cailleteau, Bob Hess, James Morock, Rodney McKelroy. [Photo by Wanda St. Andre]

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