On 13 March 2021, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) joined 242 participants for a virtual commemoration of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. On 15 March 1781, the largest battle of the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War was fought in North Carolina at the Guilford Courthouse. Major General Nathanael Greene's army of almost 4,500 American militia and Continentals was tactically defeated by Lord Charles Cornwallis' British army of about 1,900 regulars and German allies. The Americans had defeated the British at Kings Mountain and Cowpens, which led to the British chasing the Americans across North Carolina and into Virginia. Exhausted after chasing Greene's army for two months, Cornwallis retired his Army to Hillsborough, North Carolina. On 15 March, the two armies met at the Guilford Courthouse. Cornwallis' army suffered 27% casualties but did force the Americans from the field. This gave the tactical advantage and victory to the British. However, they were weakened sufficiently that further pursuit of Greene's Army would be fruitless. Cornwallis led his army to the North Carolina coast for resupply and then marched north tidewater area of Virginia. With the departure from the Carolina's by Cornwallis, Greene marched to South Carolina and through battles at Hobkirk's Hill, Camden, and Eutaw Springs, he pushed the remaining British back into Charleston, which ultimately ended the Southern Campaign. This event was conducted by the SAR in North Carolina with participants from the SAR, DAR and C.A.R. from 14 States as well as the Organization of Founders and Patriots presenting wreaths. Attending from the Colonel James Wood II Chapter were compatriots Paul Christensen, Dale Corey (presenting a wreath), Thomas "Chip" Daniel, Kelly Ford, Erick Moore, Marc Robinson, Jim Simmons and dual members Charles Jameson, Bill Schwetke and Mike Weyler.
Date: March 11, 2021
On. March 11 the Williamsburg Chapter presented a Flag Recognition certificate for exemplary patriotism in display of the American Flag to the Rabb Family residing in Ford’s Colony Williamsburg. Pictured, L to R, are Peyton Rabb, Georgeann Rabb, LTC Travis Rabb and George Corbett, Chapter Flag Recognition Chairman.
Photo by: Karen Corbett
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
Roger Cross (right), President of the Williamsburg Chapter, presented an acrylic medal with an award citation to Mr. David Westenberger (left), Chapter Editor of its monthly Newsletter and of its Website, at his home in James City County on Feb. 25. The award was given to the 1st Place winner of the Virginia Society SAR State Contest for Chapter Newsletters at its annual meeting on Feb. 6.
Roger Cross (right), President of the Williamsburg Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) presented an acrylic medal, a $500 check and an award citation to Mr. Jeffrey Nicoloff (left), Walsingham Academy Lower School history teacher, on Feb. 25. The award was given to the winner of the Virginia Society SAR Teacher of the Year Contest at its annual meeting on Feb 6. Nicoloff was nominated by Paul Huchko (not pictured) chairman of chapter Youth Programs