3-4 Oct 2015 Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, WV
The Battle of Point Pleasant October 10, 1774
Here at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers, the bloody, day-long Battle of Point Pleasant was fought. On October 10, 1774, Colonel Andrew Lewis' 1,100 Virginia militiamen decisively defeated a like number of Indians lead by the Shawnee Chieftain Cornstalk. Considered a landmark in frontier history, some believed the battle to be the first of the American Revolution. This action broke the power of the ancient Americans in the Ohio Valley and quelled a general Indian war on the frontier. Significantly, it also prevented an alliance between the British and Indians, one which could very possibly have caused the Revolution to have a different outcome, altering the entire history of the U.S. In addition, the ensuing peace with the Indians enabled western Virginians to return across the Allegheny Mountains to aid Revolutionary forces.
from WV State Parks Official Site: http://www.tu-endie-weistatepark.com/battle.html
The SAR participated in the "Battle Days" activities at Point Pleasant, WV, and Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, where the battle took place 241 years ago. Attending from Virginia SAR were 3rd Vice President Pat Kelly, past PG Joe Dooley, SAR Foundation Board Member Sam Powell, Peter Davenport, and Bill Schwetke; Pat Kelly and Bill Schwetke were accompanied by their wives. All of the Virginia SAR members participated in the SAR Color Guard.
The scheduled parade on Saturday afternoon was cancelled for rain, but the remaining activities, the Governor's Reception and the Colonial Ball, were held indoors and well attended. Sunday broke with clearing clouds, sunny skies, and crisp fall weather. That day began with an outdoors church service, an SAR Luncheon, then the Memorial Service at the Battle Monument. Most prominent participants were Lt. Col Russell McGuire, commander of the cavalry squadron assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Virginia National Guard, and that unit's color guard. The 116th Infantry Brigade is the lineal descendant of the Virginia Militia that fought at Point Pleasant, and whose lineage also includes the famed Stonewall Brigade of the War Between the States.
The SAR at the Point Pleasant monument, under the watch of Col Andrew Lewis, who commanded the Virginia Militia at the Battle of Point Pleasant. Center, front row, President General Tom Lawrence. Virginia participants included, past PG Joe Dooley (front row, third from the right), Peter Davenport (second row, just behind and to the left of PG Lawrence), Virginia 3rd Vice President Pat Kelly (second row, just to the left of Peter Davenport), SAR Foundation Board Member Sam Powell (third row, just behind and between Peter Davenport and Pat Kelly), and Bill Schwetke (back row second to right of statue).
Receiving line at the Governor's Reception, from right to left, Point Pleasant Chapter President Jack Coles, Mrs. Coles, President General Tom Lawrence, past PG Joe Dooley, Central District Vice President General Robert Cunningham, Mrs. Cunningham, West Virginia SAR President Steven Hart, Ohio SAR President James Schaffer, Mrs. Schaffer, Historian General Jack Manning, Mrs. Manning, unknown.