5-6 Oct 2019 Point Pleasant, WV
On October 10th 1774 a large force of Shawnee and Mingo warriors under Chief Cornstalk attacked the south wing of the Virginian expedition at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers, today Point Pleasant, WV. The Virginians at the Battle of Point Pleasant, under the command of Andrew Lewis, in a desperate battle, defeated Cornstalk's warriors and inflicted heavy casualties. After this victory the two wings of Virginians combined under the command of their royal governor, Lord Dunmore, and forced the surrender of the Shawnee and Mingos.
The Battleground is now Tu-Endi-Wei State Park and a memorial there marks the mass grave of Virginians killed in the battle. Each year the SAR hosts a ceremony there and this year the Virginia SAR wreath was presented by President Peter Davenport who led a Virginia SAR contingent from six chapters: Colonel James Wood, II, Culpeper Minutemen, Fairfax Resolves, General Daniel Morgan, George Mason and Thomas Jefferson. Other Virginia compatriots participating were: Jack Bredendoerfer (dual member from Ohio), Virginia SAR Assistant Registrar Dave Cook, Edmund Davidson, Virginia National Trustee Pat Kelly, Marty Keesecker (daul member from West Virginia), and 1st VP Bill Schwetke.
General Andrew Lewis looks down from the Battle Monument on the Virginia compatriots. front row, left to right: Virginia SAR National Trustee Pat Kelly, Virginia SAR President Peter Davenport. Back row, left ot right: Virginia SAR 1st Vice President Bill Schwetke, Edmund Davidson, Marty Keesecker (dual member), Jack Bredenfoeder (dual member), Virginia SAR Assistant Registrar Dave Cook.