The Norfolk Chapter was entertained and enlightened by Col Josiah Parker (a.k.a. Albert Burckard of the Isle of Wight County Museum in Smithfield) at its September 18, 2021 meeting at the Princess Anne Country Club. Col Parker regaled members with an enthralling tale of the heroic Isle of Wight County Militia’s “Battle of Mackie’s Mill,” as he meticulously walked us through the movements in Virginia of traitor Benedict Arnold’s forces in January 1781.
Having Col Parker proved fortuitous when he recognized Robert Friar as the historian behind the original research of the presentation. His knowledge of the Isle of Wight Militia may be helpful to one of our members, Dr. Pat Hannum, who is attempting to identify patriots who fought at the Battle of Great Bridge. In addition to the Culpeper Battalion and 2nd Virginia Regiment, there were militia present as well.
We also learned that the gravesites of Col Parker and another Revolutionary War Veteran in Isle of Wight County are known, and our VASSAR 1st Vice President, Bruce Meyer, is working with local officials to have an SAR grave marking ceremony.
Three new members were also inducted at this meeting. We welcome compatriots Scott Almond, Kevin Johnson, and Wayne Gustison to the Norfolk Chapter.