For his outstanding support of NSSAR in his work on the Patriot Registration System, George Washington Chapter Compatriot Callender was awarded the Gold Roger Sherman medal by past President General Warren Alter. L to R in photo: George Washington Chapter President Dave Thomas, Past P.G. Warren Alter, Jamie Callender, and Past George Washington Chapter President Mike Elston. Submitted by Paul Walden
See the following video of the ceremony: https://youtube/Bmb-9S3TtwE
Karin Wulf spoke to the Williamsburg Chapter on the increased breadth of research into Early American history over recent decades with special focus on the key role of the American Revolution revealing new insights from George III’s perspective. Karin Wulf is Executive Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and a professor of History at William & Mary, where she directs graduate research.
Presenting a Certificate of Appreciation and a Jefferson Cup is William Greaf, Chapter President on the right, with Karin Wulf in the center, and Chapter Vice President Jay Smith on the left.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
VASSAR Color Guardsman, Bob Vogler (Colonel George Waller Chapter) participated Saturday, Oct. 12 with the NCSSAR Color Guard at the 239th Commemoration Ceremony of the Battle of the Shallow Ford in Huntsville, NC.
The ceremony commemorates the action on October 14, 1780 when members of the Virginia and North Carolina militia intercepted a force of Loyalist militia marching to reinforce Lord Cornwallis. The Tories were defeated and turned back. One grave is on the battlefield - that of Capt. Henry Francis of the Montgomery County, VA militia who was killed in action on the field.
Photo 1: Bob Vogler with Rear Admiral (Retd.) Jay DeLoach, NCSSAR State Secretary and a direct descendent of Patrick Henry.
Photo #2: Grave of Captain Henry Francis on the battlefield
Submitted by: Bob Vogler
On Saturday morning, October 12, 2019, the Colonel William Grayson Chapter was host to George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which later served as inspiration for the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
The chapter meeting saw the induction of four new compatriots, Randy R. Baker, Michael James Blythe, Herbert Dandridge Campbell Jr. and David DeForest Haught.
Four of our compatriots were also honored for their service in the United States Military. The War Service Medal was awarded to Geoffrey Lyster, David Haught and Michael Wilson, and the Military Service Medal was awarded to Michael Blythe.
After lunch George Mason shared with us his personal experiences during the drafting of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and the conflicts that developed in the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787. He was adamant that the new Federal Constitution should include a Bill of Rights similar to the one found not only in the Virginia Constitution, but in the constitutions of several other states.
There was a rift between him and those who felt a Bill of Rights was not needed, that the Constitution could stand on its own as a document that put limits on the federal government without the need for an affirmative statement of specific rights. Mason said that he did not trust human nature, and that without the enumeration of specific rights, the federal government would eventually infringe on the rights of all Americans.
As a result, Mason was one of three who refused to sign the new Constitution, Edmund Randolph of Virginia and Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts being the other two. He said this drove a wedge between him and his friend and neighbor, George Washington, a rift that never healed. Even though the Bill of Rights did eventually make it into the Constitution, George Mason was on the wrong side of the original vote on the U.S. Constitution.
George Mason was portrayed by Don McAndrews, a member of the Colonel William Grayson Chapter, who is much in demand as an in-character portrayer of Colonial and Revolutionary War notables, the most notable being his frequent appearances as Benjamin Franklin. Don has also appeared in character in 6 films.
Photo 1: Inductees, Ladies and Chapter President, after pinning on of lapel pins. L-R, Randy Baker and his lady Junie Parmer, Michael Blythe, H.D. Campbell and his lady Rosemarie Sheerin, David Haught, and President Michael Weyler
Photo 2: George Mason of Gunston Hall, Primary Author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, as portrayed by Don McAndrews
Photo 3: Certificate of Appreciation given to George Mason, aka Don McAndrews
9 Oct 2019 Gainsville, VA
Gainsville Home School Connection provides classes for specific topics to home school students. Today Culpeper Minutemen Chapter members Bill Schwetke and 1st Vice President Charles Jameson, together with Fauquier Court House Chapter, DAR, member Cat Schwetke, made a presentation on the different ways our ancestors performed military service during the American Revolution. The presentation started with an explanation of the Colonial Militia. This was followed by presentations on the Independent Companies, the Minutemen, the Patriot Militia, the Continental Army, and the service of women as camp followers and even as soldiers. Flags appropriate for the time and place of service were also presented. The presenters were in appropriate attire for the service they presented.
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter will co-host its annual Genealogy Workshop again this year with the Fauquier Court House Chapter DAR on Saturday, November 2nd, in Warrenton. Featured Lunch-Time Speaker will be Joe Dooley, previously President General and Registrar General of the NSSAR. There will be over $1000 in door prizes such as free DNA tests and subscriptions to Genealogy Websites, as well as discount offers on related items.
Members of the Colonel George Waller Chapter along with members of the Fincastle/Montgomery County Militia, and the General Joseph Martin Chapter-DAR participated at the 40th annual Callands Festival with a colonial living history encampment. Approximately, 1,000 people attended the fall festival which is centered around several 18th century brick and wood structures which date to the earliest days of Pittsylvania County.
Submitted by Bob Vogler
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.