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Spring 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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XX SAR MAGAZINE 2017 Colonial Ball The South Carolina Society held its 23rd Colonial Ball with Debutante Presentation on Dec. 16, 2017. It was held in the Gold Ballroom at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, overlooking Marion Square and downtown Charleston. The Colonial Ball was organized in 1976, in part to celebrate the bicentennial of the founding of our country and our shared heritage. Greg Ohanesian has served as the ball chair since 1999. Each debutante presented is a direct descendant of a Patriot of the American Revolution. Nine debutantes with presenters and escorts took part in a presentation before more than 150 guests. The ball opened with the presentation of colors by a color guard of Citadel Cadets, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the national anthem. The debutantes then walked the length of the ballroom in white ballgowns, accompanied by white-tie presenters, and proceeded though an arch of swords presented by Citadel Cadets, who were in full-dress uniforms. Each debutante made a formal curtsy and was seated at the front of the ballroom by her escort. Harp music accompanied the formal presentation. Afterward, the debutantes exited with their escorts to the rousing chords of "Scotland the Brave" played by a talented bagpiper. Debutantes, presenters and escorts included Martha McElveen Thompson Davis, presented by Harold Franklin Davis and escorted by Chandler Douglas Brown; Sarah Virginia Dixon, presented by Thomas Mark Dixon and escorted by Zachary Tyler Bush; Miriam Perrin Griffin, presented by Robert Marshall Griffin and escorted by William Perrin Griffin; Lauren Pinckney Layden, presented by Patrick John Layden and escorted by Thomas Gray Barr; Margaret Jane McNiel, presented by Daniel Edward McNiel and escorted by Hayden Blaine Stone; Katherin Quinn Newman, presented by Dr. Rudolph Mitchell Newman Jr. and escorted by Braxton Mitchell Newman; Mary Elizabeth Robinson, presented by Edward Kendall Stock and escorted by Lt. Col. Franklin Todd Robinson; Frances Louise Sadler, presented by John Marion Sadler and escorted by John Marion Sadler Jr.; and Kathryn Elizabeth Smith, presented by David Phillip Smith Jr. and escorted by Joseph Phillip Smith. Guests were served a four-course dinner, and the nine- piece orchestra played until midnight. Each debutante first danced the waltz with her presenter, followed by a waltz with her escort. Noted guests included Regent Diane Culbertson, SCSDAR; Cmpt. and Mrs. T. Rex Legler of Indiana for their generous financial support; all ball committee members; all ball contributors; Barbara Ohanesian; and former debutantes. Also aiding in ball preparations were Mandy Johnson Shaw of Wallace, South Carolina and Kelly Byrd of Blenheim, South Carolina. On the evening prior to the ball, a reception was held at the Carolina Yacht Club in a dining room overlooking the Cooper River and Charleston Harbor. The ball financially supports scholarships and patriotic education. Daniel Morgan Chapter The weekend of Jan. 12-13 saw a lot of SCSSAR activity for commemorating the Battle of Cowpens on its 237th anniversary. The battle was a decisive turning point in the Patriots' struggle against the might of the British military. Activities on Friday, Jan. 12, were to have included a ceremony at the statue of Gen. Daniel Morgan at Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg. It was canceled due to a driving rain, but several compatriots and National Park Service members placed red carnations on Morgan's statue. Later in the afternoon, the chapter sponsored a reception at the Courtyard by Marriott, which was attended by SAR members from South Carolina and other states. The event was honored by the presence of President General Larry Guzy and First Lady Karin Guzy, Secretary General Warren Alter and Historian General John Thornhill. Vice President General Jim Wood called to order a meeting of the South Atlantic District. State presidents, including South Carolina SAR President Edd Richburg, reported on their societies and also discussed recruiting and retention issues. The evening featured the portrayal of Martha Washington by professional actress Maggie Worsdale. Her performance was made possible by a generous donation by the South Carolina SAR. This took place in the Barrett Room of the Spartanburg Public Library. Co-sponsors were the library and the Chautauqua. On Saturday morning, compatriots from numerous states assembled at the Cowpens National Battlefield and formed an impressive 50-member color guard, which led the procession to the United States Monument. Following an invocation by Chapter Chaplain David Johnson and a pledge to the flag, a welcome was given by Compatriot John Slaughter, group superintendent, National Park Service, who included moving remarks about the sacrifices of our Patriot ancestors. Rendering of honors was done by PG Guzy, who laid a live wreath at the U.S. Monument. Rendering of honors by state societies and chapters followed. DAR, C.A.R. and Sons of the Revolution also participated. A gun salute followed, and the benediction was pronounced by Johnson. The group of attendees then marched in procession to the Washington Light Infantry Monument, the first monument erected in the battlefield park. PG Guzy also placed a wreath for the SAR at the monument. TENNESSEE SOCIETY The Gov. Archibald Roane Chapter of Nashville met on Feb. 26 to honor our first president. By statute, Tennessee officially recognizes the third Monday of February as George Washington's birthday. The event was held at the Nashville City Club. The guest speaker was Myers Brown of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, who discussed Washington's rise to prominence, 36 SAR MAGAZINE South Atlantic District Vice President General Jim Wood led the SAR Pledge. [Thomas C. Hanson Photo]

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