Archive for December, 2013

Jas. Townsend & Son Catalogs Are In!

Posted in Accessories, Color Guard, Revolutionary War Uniform on December 27, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriot Geoff Baggett recently wrote to Jas. Towsend & Sons, Inc., one of the leading manufacturer and supplier of colonial clothing and accouterments, to inquire if they would send several catalogs for our chapter.  Well, an entire box has arrived!  They will be presented to all compatriots at the Annual Dinner on Tuesday, January 21.

Here is just a sample of some of the clothing items they offer!

Jas Townsend Sample

Christmas Day in Revolutionary War History

Posted in George Washington on December 25, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

How to Make an Inexpensive Shirt For Your Colonial Uniform

Posted in Color Guard, George Washington's Birthday, Uniform on December 24, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

If you want great ideas for making some inexpensive garments for a colonial militia uniform, just do a little bit of searching on Google.  It is full of ideas!

Here is one interesting site that gives step-by-step instructions on how to make a white shirt out of an old shirt from your closet!

You can turn an old white dress shirt into something that looks like this:

Old Shirt

Just follow the instructions and have fun!  Remember … we need as many compatriots as possible in uniform by Washington’s Birthday!

Washington Portrait Request Letter Received!

Posted in George Washington, George Washington Portrait, George Washington's Birthday on December 23, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Principal Brian Futrell of the Trigg County Intermediate School has forwarded a letter to our chapter that must accompany our check for $250 to the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.  This is the “official” request that must come from the school in order for the MVLA to send a portrait for placement.

GW Portrait Letter

Now we have work to do!  We must collect the $250 placement fee within the next three weeks so that we can forward the letter and check to the ladies of Mount Vernon.

If you would like to help, you can mail your tax-deductible donation to:

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter – SAR
c/o James Sumner, Treasurer
780 Douglas Thomas Rd.
Cadiz, KY  42211

Please make your check payable to, “Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter – SAR.”


Trigg Chapter to Place a George Washington Portrait in Local School

Posted in George Washington, George Washington Portrait, George Washington's Birthday on December 18, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

In response to one of the 2013-14 initiatives of the President-General of the NSSAR, the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter will be placing a beautiful framed portrait of George Washington in a prominent location at the Trigg County Intermediate School.  Principal Brian Futrell has placed a request for this portrait to be placed in his school.

The portraits are provided by the Mt. Vernon Ladies’ Association, in collaboration with local chapters of the SAR.  The Col. Trigg Chapter is in the process of raising the $250 donation required to have the portrait placed.

Here is a photo of the classic portrait:

George Washington Portrait


Compatriots plan to present the framed portrait on Friday, February 21, the day before George Washington’s actual birthday.  The chapter will host another commemoration on the “official” George Washington’s Birthday holiday on Monday, February 17.

If you would like to donate toward the expense of this portrait, send donations to:

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter SAR
1969 Kings Chapel Rd.
Cadiz, KY 42211

All donations are tax deductible.

Col. Trigg in the News

Posted in Revolutionary War Uniform, Uniform, Wreaths Across America with tags , , , on December 17, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Our recent involvement in the “Wreaths Across America” event proves the power of the Revolutionary War uniform!  Even though he was only there as a participant, one of our compatriots was photographed by a reporter from  His photo made it into the pictorial slide show in Saturday’s “Wreaths Across America” story in that publication.  Here’s a screen capture:

Wreaths photos

It’s just another proof that all of us Col. Trigg compatriots need to be working on our uniforms!

125th Anniversary Medal

Posted in KYSSAR, Medals and Decorations on December 12, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia
2014 marks the 125th anniversary of the SAR.  The SAR 125th Anniversary Medal, authorized in 2013, commemorates this one hundred twenty fifth anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.  Only a member who was a dues-paying member between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 may wear it.  In addition, new members whose applications had been submitted during that time may also wear it.
SAR 125th Anniversary George Washington Medal

SAR 125th Anniversary George Washington Medal

The medal is bronze in color and features the likeness of President George Washington because 2014 is the 225th anniversary of George Washington taking his oath of office.  The medal is suspended from a chest ribbon of blue, buff and white and comes in a set with a full size and miniature medal.
If you have paid your dues for 2014, you are eligible to receive and wear this medal.  This is a limited-edition medal, and quantities are limited.  You can pre-order your medal now by visiting the SAR store.  All Col. Stephen Trigg active members are encouraged to purchase this medal and add it to their Society decorations.  It will be most appropriate for wear at next year’s George Washington Birthday commemoration.  The cost is only $30 for the full-sized and mini medal combination set.  Order yours today!

Wreaths Across America

Posted in Grave Marking, Wreaths Across America on December 11, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The local Wreaths Across America commemoration ceremony will be held this Saturday, December 14, at 11:00 A.M. at the Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery West in Hopkinsville.  After a brief memorial service, all volunteers present will have the opportunity to place Christmas wreaths on the graves of the veterans interred there.  This year, over 1,900 wreaths will be placed.


Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriots and other volunteers will meet at the Crossroads Fellowship parking lot at 10:00 on Saturday, then “carpool” and travel over for the service and wreath placements.

For more information on Wreaths Across America, you can visit their web site.

You may also view this informative video.


Awesome Custom Knives For Your Uniform

Posted in Accessories, Color Guard, Revolutionary War Uniform, Uniform with tags , , , on December 8, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

We have a local artist and knife-maker right here in Trigg County who makes beautiful antler and brass handled knives.  He can make the perfect knife for your rustic Militia Uniform for $100-150, depending on the size and complexity of your order.  His name is Allen Coleman, and he lives in Cerulean.

Here are a couple of samples of his work.  One is a small skinning / neck knife and the other is a full-sized hunting knife with a 6-inch blade.

Allen Coleman Knives

Remember to “look local” as you add your accessories.

Homemade Accessories For Your Uniform

Posted in Accessories, Color Guard, Revolutionary War Uniform, Uniform on December 7, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriots working to assemble an authentic Militia Uniform, before they even realize, can find themselves with rapidly mounting expenses as they seek authenticity in their presentation.  Many of the items available from online sutlers can be a bit pricey.  But an authentic look does not require purchased items.

Consider these items, hand-made by Compatriot Geoff Baggett.  They are a leather blanket-bag, and a small leather haversack.

Leather Bags

They were made with salvaged leather from a damaged leather jacket.  The blanket bag (which contains a rolled wool camp blanket) is simply both sleeves from the jacket, joined at the center.  One end is sewn shut, the other end has a leather draw-string.  A small leather shoulder-strap finished the piece.  The haversack was made with the large piece of leather from the back of the jacket and the strap from small leftover pieces of leather.  The buttons are actual period brass flat buttons (18th and early 19th century) dug while metal detecting.

The entire project took several hours of time and a little creativity, but no actual monetary expense.  Plus, it made excellent “recycled” use of and old clothing item.

Compatriots, winter is a great time for these kinds of projects!  Take advantage of a few “snow days” and spice up your Revolutionary War uniform!