The SAR Magazine

Spring 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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32 SAR MAGAZINE presentation of quilts from the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Foundation representative Peggy Evans, Oklahoma DAR Honorary State Regent Dr. Orriene Denslow and Tulsa Chapter SAR President Chip Atkins assisted. The Quilts of Valor's mission is to provide specially designed and handmade quilts to living military veterans. To date, 200,000 quilts have been presented nationwide. Gaddis and Hogard each were presented a quilt and thanked for their military service. It was a touching and heartwarming moment for our two dear compatriots. Following the ceremony, Oklahoma SAR State President Ron Painter and Atkins presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Peggy Evans and the Quilts of Valor Foundation for their time and work with this meaningful mission. SOUTH CAROLINA SOCIETY Several years ago, in a collaborative effort with the U.S. National Park Service, the SCSSAR and the National SAR George Washington Endowment Fund contributed $16,000 toward the production of videos that are available to teachers throughout South Carolina and on the SCETV website for anyone to see and use. Thanks to the production work of SCETV, an eight-part series of short, educational videos has been awarded the National Educational TV's highest honor for Instructional Media Teacher Resource. Compatriot Greg Greenawalt spearheaded the fundraising efforts with the SAR during his term as state president (2015-16). You can view the video series at www.scetv.org/southern-campaign . Cambridge Chapter The ballroom of Greenwood's Inn on the Square was filled to capacity Tuesday, Feb. 12, as members of the DAR, C.A.R. and SAR gathered for the chapter's annual Patriot Dinner. Those attending were taken along a timeline of "The Liberty Trail," as Aliene S. Humphries demonstrated the importance of South Carolina in the American Revolution. South Carolina experienced more battles and other military engagements than any of the other American Colonies. Humphries showed how the war began in the Northeast and ended at Yorktown but actually was won in South Carolina. From the Battle of Fort Sullivan (later renamed Fort Moultrie) to the Battle of Kings Mountain—with many encounters like Musgrove Mill and Cowpens—the Continental Army, aided by militia units, bested the forces of King George III. Gen. George Washington led the Patriots to the victory that created the United States of America. Cambridge Chapter Vice President Gerald Y. Pitts, dressed in Lincoln-esque attire and beard, brought greetings and gave a reprise of the closing lines of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, when he appealed for the healing of the nation following the Civil War. Taken up as a hobby after his retirement, Pitts' Lincoln presentation is in high demand at schools and civic groups. Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter Members and guests of the Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter gathered Sunday, Feb. 3, at the South Carolina historical marker on Highway 21 in Beaufort to honor the Patriots who showed the vaunted British Army that the Continentals and militia could hold their own on the field of battle as they marked the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Port Royal Island. Two attendees—Maj. Robert de Treville (U.S. Army, Ret.) of the Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter and Anita Henson—paid respect to ancestors who fought in the battle. Henson, representing the Thomas Heyward Jr. DAR Chapter, prepared a wreath of magnolia leaves and camellias for the dedication. More than 40 British were killed and wounded in the battle, while the Patriots had eight killed and 22 wounded. After the battle, Gen. William Moultrie said that the Americans' untrained militia had stood well during battle. In addition to Capt. Thomas Heyward Jr., fellow South Carolina Declaration of Independence signer Capt. Edward Rutledge participated in the battle. Tulsa Chapter SAR Compatriot William Gaddis is presented a Quilt of Valor flanked by Oklahoma DAR Honorary State Regent Dr. Orriene Denslow and Peggy Evans of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, as Oklahoma SAR State President Ron Painter looks on. Cambridge Chapter President Richard Morris, right, with Aliene S. Humphries, center, who presented her Liberty Trail program at the Patriot Dinner, and President Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Cambridge Vice President Gerald Pitts. [Photo by John Cooper] From left, Jody Henson, Peter Somerville, Anita Henson, Steven Guy, Tom Burnett, Robert de Treville, Claude Dinkins, Michael Keyserling, Barbara Richardson, and Mike and Ann Monahan. [Photo by Daniel Battle]

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