Archive for February, 2014

Living History in Mrs. Carneyhan’s Class

Posted in Americanism Poster Contest, Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Speakers Bureau on February 28, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriot Geoff Baggett had a GREAT visit with the kids of Mrs. Amy Carneyhan’s fifth grade class at Trigg County Intermediate School.  He brought a brief presentation about the Revolutionary War time period, including an emphasis upon Militia and citizen-soldiers.  The students had many questions, including inquiries about his uniform and equipment.

Compatriot Baggett also learned that the 5th grade teachers will be leading their students to take part in the poster contest as an extra credit assignment!  More information on their participation will be forthcoming.

Mrs. Carneyhan's class!

Mrs. Carneyhan’s class!

Welcome, Dr. Dennis Adams!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter on February 27, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

We just received great news!  Dennis Adams’ application has been examined and verified by the genealogists at SAR!  He is now “officially” registered as a Compatriot in the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter!  You can visit his page on our site here.

Dennis Adams

Dennis Adams

We will “swear him in” at out next chapter meeting, then join him in marking his ancestor’s grave, William Addison of Todd County, on Saturday, March 22.

Additionally, in checking the weekly Application Status Report, we are proud to announce that in addition to Glenn Greenfield, the applications of Jerry Burlingame, Travis McCloud, and Tony Dothsuk have been examined by the Kentucky State Genealogist and formally entered into the SAR system as of 14 Feb.  Around April 1 we should, officially, have five new Compatriots in our chapter!

Colonel Trigg in the Record Today!

Posted in George Washington Portrait, Newspaper / Press on February 26, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Cadiz Record ran a story about our Washington portrait presentation.  Here is a picture … for your viewing and reading enjoyment (click to enlarge).

Cadiz Record Story - 26 Feb 2014

Cadiz Record Story – 26 Feb 2014

William Addison Grave Marking Date Change!

Posted in Grave Marking, William Addison on February 25, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Great news!  After the reluctance of many of our Compatriots to miss Sunday evening church for a Sunday grave marking service, I contacted the Gov. Isaac Shelby Chapter and requested a date change.  Today I received official word that Saturday works for them!

So … please spread the word.  The William Addison Grave marking (ancestor of new Compatriot Dennis Adams) will be on Saturday, March 22, at 1:00 PM in the Gant Cemetery in the Sharon Grove Community of Todd County.  There will be a group meeting at the Crossroads Fellowship parking lot at 11:30 AM to “convoy” over to the cemetery.

Please make plans to attend and bring as many people as you possibly can!

Dennis Adams at the grave of his 4th Great-Grandfather, Pvt. William Addison.

Dennis Adams at the grave of his 4th Great-Grandfather, Pvt. William Addison.

From the TCIS Facebook Page …

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Educational Presentation, George Washington Portrait, George Washington's Birthday on February 25, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Here is a screen capture with a picture collage and a very sweet note from the Trigg County Intermediate School.  They posted it on their Facebook page.  You can “like” their page here.

TCIS Facebook Post

Col. Trigg Chapter Goes on the Road!

Posted in Americanism Poster Contest, Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Speakers Bureau on February 22, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

On Friday, February 21, chapter president Geoff Baggett went “on the road” for a speaker’s bureau engagement in Lakeland, Tennessee (near Memphis).  His sister-in-law, Christy Harrison, is a fourth-grade teacher at Lakeland Elementary School.  She introduced the Americanism Poster Contest to the other teachers at her school.  In February they offered the poster project as an “extra credit” grade while studying their social studies unit on the Revolutionary War.  37 of their 140 students participated.

On Friday Compatriot Baggett spoke to a combined assembly of six classes in the school cafeteria about the militia in the Revolution and the role of Francis Marion in the Southern Theater.  He also awarded certificates to the first, second, and third place winners.  The grand prize winner also received a book, The Swamp Fos of the Revolution by Stewart H. Holbrook, and a $20 cash prize.  He also presented “Certificates of Appreciation” to the school principal and all six of the teachers who participated in the poster project.  The highlight of the afternoon was teaching the kids the, “Huzzah!” cheer and hearing the entire cafeteria full of kids giving the cheer as they waved their arms.

Speaking Crop

After the large assembly he reported to Mrs. Harrison’s class where he did a presentation on the elements of his militia uniform and the purpose of each piece of equipment.  The children enjoyed trying on his cocked hat and posing for pictures.

Class Crop

Unfortunately, the posters for the Francis Marion theme were judged at the statewide level in January, so none of these posters could be entered for state competition.  We are confident that the winning poster at Lakeland Elementary, one of the most creative presentations we have ever seen, would have been a “contender.”

The winning poster, in the form of a newspaper.

The winning poster, in the form of a newspaper.

George Washington Portrait Presented

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, George Washington, George Washington Portrait, George Washington's Birthday on February 19, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Today five Compatriots visited the Trigg County Intermediate School to present a framed canvas portrait of George Washington to school Principal Brian Futrell.  This portrait, made available by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, was purchased by the chapter specifically for placement in this school.  Mr. Futrell plans to hang it in the main hallway of the school near the offices.

In addition to the portrait, compatriots also presented Mr. Futrell with a teaching resource kit, a flag flown over Mount Vernon, and a Certificate of Appreciation for his willingness to work with the chapter in resourcing education about the Revolutionary War.

Steve Mallory, Billy redd, Geoff Baggett, Principal Brian Futrell, Ken Oakley, and James SUmner

Steve Mallory, Billy Redd, Geoff Baggett, Principal Brian Futrell, Ken Oakley, and James Sumner

For more photos, visit the album on our Facebook page, or the photos on the TCIS page.

George Washington Monument Dedicated

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, George Washington's Birthday on February 17, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

On Monday, February 17, at 11:00 A.M., Compatriots from the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in Cadiz, Kentucky, braved the wind, rain, and cold temperatures to dedicate a new monument on the campus of the Trigg County Elementary/Intermediate Schools. The chapter planted a cherry tree and placed a granite marker in honor of George Washington’s Birthday.

Close-up of the Monument

Close-up of the Monument

Joining the chapter Compatriots were several ladies from the James Thomas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as several students and staff from the Trigg County Intermeediate School. Chapter president Geoff Baggett gave a brief historical presentation to help those in attendance understand the significance of the cherry tree and its historical association with George Washington. Compatriot Steve Mallory presented a patriotic wreath at the memorial. After the dedication, participants posed for photographs.

Compatriots at the Monument (l to r - Geoff Baggett, Billy Redd, Steve Mallory, Jerry Burlingame, James Sumner, Ken Oakley)

Compatriots at the Monument (l to r – Geoff Baggett, Billy Redd, Steve Mallory, Jerry Burlingame, James Sumner, Ken Oakley)

Compatriots are joined by students and staff of Trigg County Intermediate School.

Compatriots are joined by students and staff of Trigg County Intermediate School.

George Washington Birthday Week Events

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Color Guard, George Washington's Birthday, Uniform on February 10, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Next week promises to be a busy week for the Col. Stephen Trigg chapter!  It’s the week of George Washington’s birthday, and we need all compatriots ready to be involved.  Here is a summary of what’s going to happen next week:

  • Sunday – 3:00 PM – Compatriots will meet in front of the Trigg County Elementary School to place the granite marker and plant the cherry tree.  We are expecting beautiful weather!  Shovels are appropriate. 🙂  We will also need a couple of bags of mulch and some black landscaping cloth.
  • Monday – 8:40 AM – Chapter President Geoff Baggett has been invited to the WKDZ studios for an on-air interview about the George Washington’s Birthday holiday and our commemoration event later in the day.
  • Monday – 11:00 AM – Unveiling of the tree and monument and public presentation.   Geoff Baggett will deliver a very brief message about George Washington’s birthday and our very unique commemoration.  We need ALL COMPATRIOTS present for this event!  In uniform would be an awesome bonus!  We also need one Compatriot to provide a wreath to place at the memorial. (We earn extra Americanism points for a wreath placement.)
  • Tuesday – 6:30 PM – We will hold our regular monthly meeting at Crossroads Fellowship.
  • Wednesday – 8:30 AM – We will present the framed portrait of George Washington from the Mt. Vernon Ladies’ Society to Principal Brian Futrell and the history staff at the Trigg County Intermediate School.  Once again, we need ALL COMPATRIOTS present for this event!  Uniforms would be awesome.
  • Friday – Time TBA – Geoff Baggett has been invited to speak to the entire 4th Grade at the Lakeland Elementary School in Lakeland, Tennessee (his sister-in-law, Christy Harrison, is a teacher at this school).  We currently have approximately 100 students participating in the Americanism Poster Project at the school at this time.  Compatriot Baggett will award “Poster Patriot Certificates” to the student who made the best poster in each class, as well as “Certificates of Appreciation” to the participating teachers and principal of the school.

Compatriots, please make attendance at next week’s events on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday a priority in your schedule next week!

Cherry Tree Commemoration – Monday, Feb. 17 @ 11:00 AM

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, George Washington's Birthday on February 8, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)will be sponsoring a unique commemoration on the national holiday, George Washington’s Birthday, next Monday, February 17.  Now popularly, though somewhat erroneously, referred to as “President’s Day,” the holiday was originally established to honor the first president of these United States.

1810 Edition of Weems' Book

1810 Edition of Weems’ Book

Many of us recall the story of George Washington and the cherry tree.  Originally recorded by the pastor and author Rev. Mason Locke Weems (1759-1825) in the fifth edition of his biography, A History of the Life and Death, Virtues and Exploits of General George Washington.  Weems wrote his book based upon years of interviews with people who knew Washington, as well as the president, himself.  According to the infamous story, the young George Washington used his hatchet to “bark,” or scrape, the favorite cherry tree of his father, Augustine Washington.  When confronted by his father, he chose to pursue honesty despite the consequences that a confession might bring.

For generations this story was used in schools, even in primers in the 19th century, as an example of honesty and as a proof of the integrity of our Founding Father and first president.  However, in the 20th Century, skeptics largely dismissed the story as a myth and in so doing attacked the character of Parson Weems.

19th Century Print Depicting the Story

19th Century Print Depicting the Story

In a recent study, author and historian Carl Anthony (http://www.carlanthonyonline.com) points out that these skeptics offer absolutely no tangible proof to dismiss this story which they claim is backed by no tangible proof.  Mr. Anthony points out two recent discoveries that lend credence to Parson Weems’ account.

The first is an ink-printed cloth made in Germantown, Pennsylvania, which depicts the events of the story.  There are only three known to exist, and all were produced at or before the time of Weems’ book.  But the most compelling piece of evidence is a piece of pottery known as the “Cherry Tree Mug.” This item, included in the reference book Pictures of Early New York on Dark Blue Staffordshire Pottery, confirms that the cherry tree story pre-dates Weems’ account by a minimum of 16 years. Its author Richard T. H. Halsey discovered the earthenware mug, made in Germany, which showed a young man standing beside a fallen tree along with a large hatchet marked by the date 1776 and the initials “G.W.” An expert on pottery of this sort, he dated it as being made no later than 1790, during the time of George Washington’s presidency!

The Cherry Tree Mug

The Cherry Tree Mug

Mr. Anthony claims that one other glaring fact may support Parson Weems and his story. He may have had the best, though perhaps anonymous source of all – George Washington himself. In a brief diary entry, the Father of our Country recorded the presence of an overnight guest at Mount Vernon on March 3, 1787, suggesting the potential of several solid hours together.  That guest was none other than the Parson Mason Locke Weems.

Ultimately, whether the entire story or at least some element of it may or may not be true, the story remains a rich part of the history and memory of the Father of our Country, George Washington.  It is for this reason that the planting of a cherry tree is an appropriate memorial on his holiday.

The entire community is invited to join the Col Stephen Trigg Chapter and attend the unveiling of the tree and its granite marker on Monday, February 17, at 11:00 AM.  In keeping with the educational focus of the SAR, the tree is being placed along the walkway in front of Trigg County Elementary School, 205 Main Street in Cadiz, so that future generations will be able to see the tree, taste its fruit, and experience a living memory of our first president.

To view Mr. Anthony’s entire article, please visit http://carlanthonyonline.com/2012/02/20/new-evidence-tells-truth-of-george-washingtons-cherry-tree-tale/.  For more information about the SAR or the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, visit www.coloneltrigg.org.