photo is the Virginia State SAR Honor Guard at present arms

15 September 2023, Colonel James Wood II Chapter, conducted a plaque dedication to General Daniel Morgan.  It was held at the Burwell-Morgan Mill, Clarke County, Virginia.  Morgan left home as a teenager to Virginia and became a teamster.  He was part of General Braddock’s British Army, who was defeated by the French in the Ohio Valley.  Later, he joined the Rangers. When ambushed by Indians, took a musket ball through the back of his neck that crushed his left jaw.  In the American Revolution, Captain Morgan formed a company of riflemen to meet with George Washington in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  His unit marched 600 miles in 24 days in the Beeline March.  He was next sent to the ill fated invasion of Quebec, where he was captured fighting his way into the city.  After release from captivity, he was appointed to colonel and took charge of a light infantry unit.  They distinguished themselves throughout 1777 and at the Battle of Saratoga, helped turn the tide of the battle.  After being passed over for promotion, he resigned and returned to Virginia.  In 1780, Morgan was persuaded to return to the Army as a brigadier general.  General Nathanael Greene split his army, sending Morgan to the South Carolina backcountry.  He was pursued by the British and on 17 January 1781, made a stand at Cowpens.  His South Carolina.  Morgan secured a complete victory and a turning point in the campaign in the south.  His victory contributed greatly to the Cornwallis defeat at Yorktown.  Morgan returned to Winchester to recover from a sciatica injury.  He retired to what is now Clarke County and built a house he named Saratoga.  In 1794, as Brigadier General, he led a force against the Whiskey Rebellion.  In 1797 he was elected to the House of Representatives.  He died 6 July 1802 and was buried at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Winchester, with the grave being moved to Mt Hebron Cemetery after the Civil War.  Daniel Morgan worked hard to improve himself and proved to be a master tactician and a prime reason for the colonial victory. The VASSAR Color Guard presented the colors and greetings were given by AMSA VP General James Engler, Sr; VASSAR President Ernie Coggins; Virginia DAR Vice Chair DAR/SAR Relations Committee Anita Bonner and Virginia C.A.R. Past President Will Elston.  Wreaths were presented by VP General Engler, President Coggins, Florida Society Past President William Popham, German Society Dave Cook, French Society Pat Kelly, and 19 VASSAR chapters, 3 DAR Chapters and 1 C.A.R. Society.   Anita Bonner and Jocelynn Wilson lead the singing of "God Bless America" followed by a musket salute by the VASSAR Color Guard.  Additional guardsmen were Brian Bayliss, Sean Carrigan, Paul Christensen, Dale Corey, Chip Daniel, Doug Hall, Patrick Moore, Brett Osborn, Allan Phillips, Will Reynolds, Marc Robinson, Richard Tyler and Ryan Williams.  Others included Dave Cook, Gary Dunaway, John Lynch, John Hamilton, Mark Jackson, Paul McComb, Paul Parish, Barry Schwoerer, Mark Sink, Mike Weyler and Michael Wilson. 


       photo is the Virginia State Color Guard posting the colors.                                                                       photo is the Virginia State SAR Musket Squad

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