27 Jul 2019 Bolivar, OH
The annual commemoration of Fort Laurens was held this past Saturday near Bolivar, OH. This is a national event hosted by the Ohio SAR.
Fort Laurens was an American fort in present day Ohio that was built in December 1778 as a staging point for an attack on the British at Detroit, an attack that never took place. It was manned by men from the 13th Virginia and the 8th Pennsylvania. They survived a siege by the British in the winter of 1779, but the fort was soon after abandoned.
The site of Fort Laurens is currently maintained by the Ohio History Connection and includes a museum. There is also a tomb for an unknown revolutionary soldier, which was the center piece for this ceremony.
The Virginia SAR was lead by President Peter Davenport who presented the Virginia SAR Wreath and marched in the Color Guard. Other Virginia participants included 1st Vice President Bill Schwetke and past PG Joe Dooley. Bill Schwetke presented a wreath for the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter and Joe Dooley presented a wreath for the George Mason Chapter. Dual member Will Ross presented a wreath for the Fincastle Resolutions Chapter.