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Winter 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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SPRING 2016 XX On Friday, the Daniel Morgan Chapter hosted a reception at the Courtyard by Marriott, followed by the SAR South Atlantic District meeting chaired by VPG Wood. The Kings Mountain National Military Park opened at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with numerous SAR, C.A.R. and DAR members already present for the 237th anniversary of the Oct. 7, 1780 battle. Last-minute wreath registrations brought the total to 116. The ceremony began at 11 a.m. as Compatriot and National Park Service Group Superintendent John Slaughter served as master of ceremonies and welcomed those present. The massed colors were posted, and the invocation was given by Chaplain General Rev. John Wakefield. NSSAR Secretary General Warren Alter led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the singing of the national anthem. NSSAR Treasurer General Jack Manning led the SAR Pledge. Greetings from the NSSAR were given by VPG Wood. SCSSAR President Edd Richburg and NCSAR President George Strunk offered greetings. Slaughter then gave a rousing patriotic address. Retiring of the massed colors followed, and a musket volley was carried out by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association and SAR members. The SAR Recessional was led by Historian General John Thornhill, followed by the benediction pronounced by Chaplain General Wakefield. Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter Beaufort's Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter held its annual dinner meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at The Dataw Island Club, Saint Helena Island. Guests Cara and Bill Elder portrayed Martha and George Washington in a re-enactment of their lives governing the nation and their return to Mount Vernon, Virginia. President Claude Dinkins, finishing his second term as chapter president, welcomed attendees. A moment of silence was given for Compatriot Jim Edwards, who died unexpectedly during surgery on Nov. 21. President Dinkins presented awards to Dr. John Kenney for five years, Hazen Culley for 10 years, Col. Chester Cotter and Dr. Baxter McLendon for 20 years and Capt. Dean Cullison for 25 years of service. The installation of officers and oath were presided over by South Carolina SAR President Edd Richburg from Charleston, who asked Chapter President Frank Gibson, Vice President Ivan Bennett and Secretary Joe Riddle to share with the audience their ancestors' names and roles during the Revolutionary War. President Dinkins presented Gibson with a president ribbon and medal, followed by the reciprocal presentation to Dinkins with the past-president pin. Colonel Robert Anderson Chapter Members of the South Carolina Societies of the SAR and DAR met Dec. 2, 2017 at Historic Hopkins Farm near Simpsonville to commemorate the 242nd anniversary of the Battle of the Great Cane Brake. The annual event is sponsored by the Col. Robert Anderson Chapter. Chapter President Bob Krause began with welcoming remarks and an introduction about the battle. The invocation was led by Chapter Vice President John Satterthwaite, and ceremonial pledges were led by several members of the Col. Robert Anderson Chapter. Greetings and welcoming remarks were made by SAR State President Edd Richburg. Chapter Historian Glenn Farrow provided a detailed history about the battle, which was part of what would become known as the Snow Campaign. Several SAR, DAR and other state society representatives presented wreaths. A rifle volley was performed by members of the SAR State Color Guard to close the program. Area schools are invited to attend the program, and about 30 students attended this year. A contest is held in which the class with the most students attending receives a monetary award. First place receives $100, second place $50 and third place $25. Activities at this event enabled the students, along with their parents and teachers, to view and interact with a period-themed booth of a Colonial Militia camp that was facilitated by President Krause and State Secretary Dan Woodruff. With this activity, students could see and learn how these actual weapons and equipment would have been used during the Revolutionary War. TENNESSEE SOCIETY This year's Gathering at Sycamore Shoals, held annually to commemorate the gathering of the Overmountain Men to begin their march across the Blue Ridge Mountains to defeat the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain, was attended by representatives of SAR chapters from six states, DAR chapters from three states and C.A.R. representatives. Other attendees included members of The Overmountain Trail Association, Descendants of the War of 1812, Descendants of Washington's Army of Valley Forge, Descendants of the Battle of Kings Mountain and Sons of the Revolution. State Presidents David Johnston of Tennessee, William Lester of West Virginia and President-elect/Chaplain Geoff Baggett of Kentucky brought greetings from their societies to the gathering, held near Elizabethton, Tennessee. Joyce Cole, commander-in-chief of the Descendants of Valley Forge, also greeted the crowd and presented a wreath for her organization. The color guard, led by TNSSAR Commander John Clines, presented the colors and fired dedication volleys to honor our ancestor Patriots who made the difficult journey to meet Major Ferguson and his army of British and Tories. Many men in the color guard are direct descendants of those men who fought in that decisive and important battle. Compatriot Ronnie Lail served as master of ceremonies. Kings Mountain Chapter In conjunction with the Gathering at Sycamore Shoals, the Kings Mountain Chapter, TNSSAR, hosted a grave marking Sept. 15, 2017, for four Revolutionary War Patriots. Three of the four were Overmountain Men who made the trek to the Battle of Kings Mountain. The event was held at Weaver Cemetery near Bristol, Tennessee. WINTER 2018 37

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