30 Jul 2016 Bolivar, OH
Today the 237th anniversary of the siege of Fort Laurens was marked by a ceremony at the tomb of the unknown at Fort Laurens Historical site, Bolivar Ohio. Four members of the Virginia Society participated: PG Joe Dooley was the keynote speaker, Thad Hartman and Paul Chase presented the Col William Grayson Chapter wreath, and Bill Schwetke presented the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter wreath. Paul Chase and Bill Schwetke also marched in the color guard.
The Keynote Speech by past President General Joe Dooley
For those of you who have attended this event in past years, you may recognize that I’ve been here before, and three years ago, I was one of the speakers. You might think to yourself, ‘Oh, him again,’ and you might not be too excited to hear a speaker whom you’ve heard before. So, I apologize for any disappointment, and I promise you I will try to say something thoughtful and meaningful.
Meaningfulness is actually what I’d like to talk about today. Why are we here? What’s the meaning?
Before we talk about meaning here and now, let’s ask ourselves, what was the meaning of Fort Laurens during the Revolution? Wasn’t the Revolution merely a phenomenon on the east coast? Did it not involve only Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia? No, of course not.
The Revolution was a continental affair, even a global affair, but for Americans, we understood it to be primarily continental. It’s not an accident that we called our legislature the Continental Congress and our army the Continental Army. Many Founding Fathers envisioned the new nation extending to the Pacific, even before we had achieved our independence.
One important meaning of Fort Laurens, and of the expedition of American forces from Fort Pitt into the Ohio Valley, is that here the new United States staked its claim to land west of the Appalachians. Even as we let Great Britain and the world know that we were now an independent nation, we also put them on notice that we would not be confined to the eastern seaboard – that’s a pretty cheeky presumption on our part. But we wanted the world to know that this new nation and this continent were part of the New World, and did not belong to Europe. The meaning of Fort Laurens was, in part, a statement of our seriousness in making a claim on the continent, especially in making a claim to land in the Ohio Valley. But we were not just claiming land – we were proclaiming liberty throughout the land.
This expedition, and the construction of Fort Laurens, also had meaning with regard to how the new United States would work out its own internal controversies. This land was claimed by both Pennsylvania and Virginia. How do we settle these competing claims? We send an expeditionary force comprised of both Pennsylvanians and Virginians, and we do so in the name of the United States.
So, we’ve discussed the meaning of Fort Laurens and the expedition into Ohio for the nascent United States, but what was its meaning to the men who were dispatched here, who built this Fort, and for some, who died here? The men who came here were already well aware of what Indians on the frontier were capable of. That winter was bitter cold. There was no fuel. No food. There was no supply line from Ft. Pitt. No other American forces were coming to help them or to relieve them. The men who were stationed here were scared, cold, hungry and alone.
So, why didn’t they just pack their bags, and head back east? What did it mean that they stayed here? I would hazard they stayed because they believed in the cause of the Revolution.
The men and women who supported the American cause in our Revolution may not have understood philosophy or the intricacies of politics in London and Philadelphia. But they knew that some folks in Britain – folks whom they had never voted for – wanted to tax them, and wanted to limit their civil liberty, and wanted to treat them as lesser people simply because they lived in the colonies.
The men who came to Ohio and built Fort Laurens may not have understood the soaring prose of the Declaration of Independence, but they had an idea what it meant to be free. So, they chose to enlist in the Army. They obeyed their orders to come here. They chose to stay here – because the meaning of this effort for them was the opportunity to be free, and to ensure their children would be free.
Having discussed the meaning of Fort Laurens for the United States during the Revolution, and its meaning for the men who lived, fought and died here, let’s turn what it means that we are here today?
At the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg, President Lincoln commented that “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”
Think about that. Nobody will remember what is said here, and it’s not important. What is important – the meaning of our being here today – is to honor those brave men, those patriots, and to remember what they did here.
President Lincoln continued: “It is for us the living … to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is … for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.”
All of us who remember and commemorate the men and women who achieved American independence – those men and women who secured our liberty – all of us here today – in honoring the men who served at Fort Laurens, we re-dedicate ourselves to the causes and principles of the American Revolution – the cause of freedom, equality and civil liberty.
President Lincoln concluded: “[W]e here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
The graves of the patriots buried here are a memorial to their struggle and suffering. We here today remember them, and honor them for what they endured in their pursuit of liberty – liberty that we still enjoy to this day. We thank these patriots. Their achievement of liberty is a blessing to us. Our liberty – our freedom – is the legacy of their sacrifice.
As we gather here, let us pause and consider what the men who lived and died here endured – not just for land, not just for their quarrel with Britain. They endured the cold, and the hunger, and the constant danger of ambush and death so that they might be free.
The meaning of our being here today is to honor them who endured these hardships so that we might be free.
taken from the Roanoke Times, July 27, 2016
David H. Harpole Sr., M.D. was born in Union City, Tenn., on March 5, 1929, the youngest of six children of the late Albert Hunter and Lillian Ethel (White) Harpole.Dr. Harpole was a graduate of Union City High School, the University of Tennessee at Martin, and the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Memphis. Dr. Harpole married Margaret Ann Martin Harpole at First Methodist Church in Martin, Tenn. on October 3, 1953. The couple moved to Memphis, then to New Orleans, where Dr. Harpole began his surgical residency. At the onset of the Korean War, he left his residency to serve as a surgeon in the United States Army Medical Corps in the Panama Canal Zone, where the couple's daughter, Lillian, was born.Following his military service, Dr. and Mrs. Harpole returned to New Orleans, where he completed his residency in General and Thoracic Surgery at Tulane University / Ochsner Clinic, and where their son, David Jr. was born. The family moved to Roanoke, Va. in 1962, and Dr. Harpole established his private practice as a Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgeon, treating patients for 31 years. Dr. Harpole was board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, among others. His superb surgical skills, combined with his kind demeanor, attracted patients from counties throughout Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Upon retirement, Dr. Harpole conducted extensive genealogical research, tracing his ancestors to seventeenth-century colonial America. Consequently, he joined and led a number of genealogical organizations. He served as both state and local Presidents of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, as well as President of The Virginia Huguenot Society. He also served in leadership positions in the Society of the Cincinnati, the Society of Colonial Wars, and the Society of the War of 1812. Dr. Harpole supported many local and state organizations, serving on the boards of the Roanoke Symphony, the Roanoke Opera, the United Methodist Church, the Virginia State Library, and the Virginia Agency on Aging. Dr. Harpole was actively involved with the Roanoke Round Table and the Shenandoah Club. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed sailing, fishing, and hunting through his involvement with the Virginia Inland Sailing Association, and with the King and Queen Rod and Gun Club, where he served as president and a member of the board. Dr. Harpole was preceded in death by his wife, Ann, in 2007.He is survived by his sister, Mary Lillian Creasy, of Martinsville, Va.; and by his two children, Lillian Ann Harpole Hazelton (Merle), of Richmond, Va., and David Harold Harpole Jr., M.D. (Karen), of Durham, N.C. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Margaret Ann Hazelton, Elizabeth Lillian Hazelton, John Charles Walker Hazelton, Lauren Rebecca Harpole, Caroline Dana Harpole, Sydney Katherine Harpole; and step-grandson, John Gilmer Mebane, IV. A graveside service will be at noon on Monday, August 1, 2016 held at East Side Cemetery in Martin, Tenn. A memorial service in celebration of Dr. Harpole's life will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2016 held at River Road United Methodist Church (8800 River Road, Henrico, Va. 23229-7802). A reception will follow at the home of Dr. Harpole's daughter, Lillian. Condolences may be offered at woodyfuneralhomeparham.com.
Juanita L. Broadus, age 80, passed away July 14th, 2016, at the Greenfield Senior Center in Stafford, VA.
Born in Grundy, VA on December 30th, 1935, she was one of six siblings of the late Grady and Tressa Lucas. She was a veteran of the United States Air Force and United States Navy and had a long career in retail sales in the greater Manassas area. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Bill, and her sons William and Steven, as well as fourteen grand and great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 10001 Nokesville Road, Manassas, VA, 20110. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 in the funeral home chapel. Interment will immediately follow at 12:00 p.m. in Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, VA.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8180 Greensboro Dr., Suite 400, McLean, VA, 22102. (www.alz.org/donate)
James Monroe Chapter President Instructs Class in Lifelong Learning on Genealogy and the American Revolution.
report by James Monroe Chapter President Charles Belfield
On Sunday, July 24th, Charles Belfield, president of the James Monroe Chapter, instructed a class for the Institute for Lifelong Learning sponsored by the Rappahannock Community College. In his class were 14 students from all over the Northern Neck. He led the class in finding their genealogy. Then they discovered ways to put that knowledge to work; putting together a family history to pass on to generations to come. And discovering how joining Ancestry Societies such as the Sons of the American Revolution and the War of 1812 Society Of Virginia can bring new activities, new friends and lead to a more fulfilling life. Not to mention to preserve our family history and the history of our nation. The class was held at Menokin the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a perfect setting for such class. They were able to see displays of history of my family, dig into reference books and enjoy a skit Compatriot Belfield performs, portraying his family as well as a field trip to the Belfield Memorial Cemetery.
report by Harley Stewart, Williamsburg Chapter President
A ceremonial reposting of the British flag over the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Redoubt was held on July 23, 2016 at the Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown, Virginia. A re-creation of an 18th century British flag was raised at the redoubt in an event jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
The flag was presented by retired British Army Lt. Gen. Jonathon Riley, who served in the 1990’s as commanding officer of the 1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers and is a descendent of Gen. William Howe. The regiment dates back to the 17th century and is also known as the 23rd Regiment of Foot.
At the 1781 Siege of Yorktown, the Welsh Fusiliers held off two attempts by French forces to take their position prior to the British surrender. The redoubt still stands and is directly across from the Yorktown Victory Center.
The procession from the Victory Center to the redoubt was led by the Yorktown Fifes and Drums and a Continental Army musket detail. The procession was met at the redoubt by Royal Welsh Fusiliers re-enactors. Remarks were made by Lt. Gen. Jonathon Riley, who is also chairman of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Association and Trust, by Peter Armstrong, Sr. Director Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and by Jim Brown, National Park Service.
The British flag was raised by the Royal Welsh Fusiliers re-enactors followed by a mortar salute on the redoubt. The flag, a gift of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum Trust, is a hand-stitched reproduction of a British flag that would have been flown in 1781.
L to R: Fusilier re-enactor; Harley Stewart, President, Williamsburg Chapter SAR; Peter Armstrong, Sr. Director, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation; Jonathon Riley, Lt. Gen. British Army (ret.); Jim Brown, acting Asst. Dir., Yorktown National Park Service; Jeff Lambert, President SR chapter and Williamsburg Chapter member; Fusilier re-enactor.
8-14 Jul 2016 Boston, MA
The 126th National Congress of the Sons of the American Revolution was held in Boston from July 8th to July 14th. Of the approximately 450 attendees, 19 were Virginia SAR members, 6 were Virginia SAR dual members, and 8 were our wives. Our delegation was lead by Virginia SAR President Ed Truslow, who was accompanied by his wife, Laura. Immediate past President Reverdy Wright represented us as our trustee at the trustee meetings. Eleven of our chapters were represented: Col. Fielding Lewis, Col. William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Fairfax Resolves, Fincastle Resolutions, Fort Harrison, George Mason, George Washington, Richmond, Thomas Jefferson, and Williamsburg.
The first event for Virginia SAR participants, on Friday afternoon, was a Duck tour of Boston and the Back Bay of the Charles River. This was followed by buses to Faneuil Hall for dinner.
Saturday began with a bus tour of the Lexington and Concord battle sights. Starting with the Green at Lexington, where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired.
After a stop at the Nation Park Visitors Center for a program on the events of April 19, 1775, we continued to Concord and the scene of the fight at the Old North Bridge, where patriots drove back the British who then began their long and bloody retreat to Charlestown.
Saturday evening was the host society's reception, which was attended by many compatriots from the Virginia SAR and our orations contestant.
Sunday began with the Color Guard Breakfast, the Trustees' Meeting, several committee meetings, and the semi-finals of the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Orations Contest. After lunch the National Color Guard assembled, was reviewed by President General Lawrence, and marched to the Old South Church for the Memorial Service.
In the afternoon there were several other committee meetings. After dinner the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Orations Contest Finals were conducted, with Virginia SAR past President Larry McKinley as the master of ceremonies, ably assisted by Darrin Schmidt of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter. Our state winner, Alexandria Rodriguez, placed second in this national competition!
Monday morning the Opening Session of the 126th Congress commenced with the posting of the colors by the national color guard. The main order of business this morning was the reports of the general officers and the committee chairs. Virginia compatriots presenting reports included: International District VPG Mike Elston, Bylaws, Rules and Resolutions Committee Chairman Peter Davenport, C.A.R. Liaison Committee Chairman Darrin Schmidt, Kings College Visiting Professor Committee Chairman Joe Dooley, Knight Essay Contest Committee Chairman Mike Elston, and Young Members Committee Chairman Mike Elston, This was followed by the Youth Awards Presentation Luncheon.
During this luncheon the Virginia SAR was recognized as tied for first place for the President General's special award for participation in youth awards programs.
One of the special features of Monday was the call by past President General and Culpeper Minutemen Chapter Dual Member Ed Butler for those who have them, to wear their seersucker suits. Several Virginia SAR members participated.
In the afternoon the Congress reconvened and continued the morning's business.
In the evening the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the oldest and largest genealogical society in the world hosted a reception for compatriots. The NEHGS was founded in 1845 and today has over 25,000 members and a staff of 50. Their seven story building is a treasure trove of genealogical information.
Later in the evening the Congress reconvened for Recognition Night, during which the Virginia SAR received many awards. Significantly, the George Washington Chapter was recognized as the Outstanding Large Chapter in the SAR, receiving the President General's Cup!!! Virginia SAR Historian Larry Aaron received the Stephan Taylor Award for his research and writings, that made a distinguished contribution to the preservation of the history of the American Revolutionary era and its patriots. The Virginia Society also received the Genealogists Generals 1st Place Award. The Virginia Society surpassed all others in having no applications or supplementals pended.
Tuesday morning began with the Atlantic Middle States Districts Breakfast. Virginia SAR President addressed the gathering, bring all up to date on events and plans in the Virginia Society. Virginia SAR past President Mark Brennan was recognized as the incoming Vice President General for the Mid-Atlantic States District.
The General Session continued Tuesday morning and afternoon with lively discussion and votes on several issues. The Congress approved the expenditure of funds to support the copying and online publication of SAR applications with supporting documents by Family Search. Concerns about privacy were raised and addressed with assurances that information on living persons would not be published. A dues increase was also raised, debated, and defeated.
A slate of nominees was approved for the General Officer positions for 2016-17. Only one position was contested, that of Treasurer General. Delegates voted for the candidates for Treasurer General, with Warren Alter of Arizona the winner. Installation of the new officers was scheduled for Wednesday.
Tuesday afternoon the ladies had lunch in the Boston Library and were entertained by a program about Deborah Sampson, who served as a soldier in the light infantry company of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment. She enlisted as "Robert Shurtleff", was wounded in 1782, and honorably discharged in 1783 after serving 17 months. In 1805 she received a pension for her service in the Continental Army.
Tuesday evening was the President General's Banquet, hosted by President General Tom Lawrence. The guest speaker, Dr. Peter S. Onuf, spoke on Thomas Jefferson's Imperial Vision. A special surprise was a living statue of Thomas Jefferson in the foyer as the attendees gathered for the cocktail hour.
On Wednesday morning the final session of the Congress was held. This included the election of the new vice presidents general, including Mark Brennan as the Vice President General of the Mid-Atlantic District. The trustees were also elected, including Reverdy Wright as the Virginia Trustee and Ed Truslow as alternate.
In the afternoon there were tours of the USS Constitution Museum and the Adams National Park .
Wednesday evening was the Installation Banquet. Those of interest to Virginia who were installed include:
President General J. Michael Tomme of GA
(dual member of Col Fielding Lewis and George Washington Chapter of VA)
Secretary General Larry T. Guzy of GA
Treasurer General Warren M. Alter of AZ
Chancellor General Davis L. Wright of DE
Genealogist General John D. Sinks of DC
Historian General John T. Manning of NH
Librarian General C. Bruce Pickette of AL
Registrar General Russell F. Devenney, Jr. of MO
Surgeon General Dr. Larry M. Leslie of KY
Chaplain General Rt. Rev. Louis C. Carlson, Jr. of CA
Vice President General (Mid-Atlantic District) Mark S. Brennan of VA
Virginia SAR 1st Vice President Mike Elston was appointed to the Executive Committee
Virginia SAR attendees, seated, left to right: Elsa Chase, Bonnie Henn, Cat Schwetke, unknown, Virginia SAR President Ed Truslow, First Lady Laura Truslow, Norma Sheap, Billie Brock, SAR First Lady Jenny Tomme. Standing, left to right: Reverdy Wright, Ernie Coggins, Phil Williams, Jay Henn, Bill Schwetke, Paul Chase, Unknown, Andrew Lyngar, Ed Butler, Joe Dooley, Peter Davenport, Greg Bodge, Kirk Sheap, Lindsey Brock, Paul Walden, President General Mike Tomme.
The next Annual Congress will be in Knoxville, TN, 7-13 July 2017. This will be convenient for Virginia SAR compatriots, especially those in the southwest part of our state. See you in Knoxville!!!
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Friday, October 7, 2016 at 11:00 am
Kings Mountain National Military Park Blacksburg, SC
SAR, DAR, C.A.R. and other patriotic and lineage societies & chapters are invited to participate in a formal wreath laying ceremony at the United States' Monument. Participants presenting a wreath must deliver it to the Visitors Center no later than 9:30 am on October 7th for labeling and transportation to the monument. Transportation will be provided for those needing assistance to the monument. Continental, militia or period attire is encouraged.
Please complete and return the registration form provided on the following page and no later than Saturday, September 24th for the registration to be included in the printed program. Registration forms should be returned to Doyle Campbell at either: email@example.com or 1407 Merrimount Ave, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 .
Questions about the event can be directed to either Doyle Campbell or Mark C Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Courtyard by Marriott located at 110 Mobile Dr, Spartanburg, SC 29303 is the official hotel for the 2016 Kings Mountain anniversary. A room rate of $121.00 plus tax is available. The hotel can be reached at 864-585-2400. A link to the reservation site will be made available in August. The deadline for making a reservation at this rate is September 15th. Additional hotels are available in Gaffney, SC, Gastonia, NC or Kings Mountain, NC.
Directions to Kings Mountain National Military Park (The park is located on South Carolina Highway 216):
- From Spartanburg, SC, take Interstate 85 NORTH to North Carolina Exit #2 and turn RIGHT. The Visitors Center is located approximately 5 miles on the left.
- From Charlotte, NC, take Interstate 85 SOUTH to North Carolina Exit #2 and turn LEFT. The Visitors Center is located approximately 5 miles on the left.
The following is a listing of the events associated with the anniversary commemoration.
Thursday, October 6th 4:00 pm South Atlantic District, National Society SAR District Meeting
Courtyard by Marriott, 110 Mobile Dr, Spartanburg, SC
5:15 pm Kings Mountain Reception
Courtyard by Marriott, 110 Mobile Dr, Spartanburg, SC
6:00 pm The Night before Kings Mountain
Cowpens National Battlefield, 4001 Chesnee Hwy, Gaffney, SC 29341
Presented by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association
Friday, October 7th 9:30 am Deadline for delivery of wreaths to Kings Mountain Visitors Center
10:00 am Dedication of the marker to African American Patriots-NCSDAR
11:00 am Wreath Laying Ceremony at the United States Monument
3:00 pm Arrival of the Overmountain Victory Trail Marchers / Commemoration Ceremony
2016 Kings Mountain Wreath Registration
Registration forms should be returned to Doyle Campbell at either: 1407 Merrimount Ave, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or email@example.com.
Deadline for registration so that it will appear in the printed program is Saturday, September 24th.
Society Name: ___________________________________________
Chapter Name: __________________________________________
Name of Presenter: __________________________________ Title: _________________________________ Wreath Dedicated to: ______________________________________
report submitted by Michael Elston, Virginia SAR 1st Vice President
report submitted by Phil Williams of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter
report submitted by Fort Harrison Chapter President Tom Pettit
report submitted by Col James Wood II past President Larry Johnson.
Col James Wood II past President Larry Johnson, in his character "Liberty Man", read the Declaration of Independence from the Old Court House steps at noon, as church bells sounded, then at 6:00 pm at Middletown. Both times to great patriotic crowds. This picture was taken just after his reading in Middletown.
2 Jul 2016 Westmoreland County, VA
report submitted by Charles Belfield, president of the James Monroe Chapter
James Monroe Chapter President Charles Belfield and George Beckett were the honor guard for the annual 4th of July celebration honoring Richard Henry Lee sponsored by the Northern Neck Historical Society. The event took place at Mr Lee's grave site in Westmoreland County. The James Monroe color guard was proud to serve at this event