Archive for February, 2015

It’s Official! Compatriot Rick Sheets!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, New Member, Rick Sheets on February 26, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriot Rick Sheets has been approved as of today!!

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Rick Sheets is a unique member of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter.  He is one of our growing band of “long distance” members.  Rick is a horn maker and folk artist from Durham, North Carolina, creating beautiful replica powder horns, horn cups, horn books, and other similar similar items.  He adds his beautiful art in the form of scrimshaw on the horns.  He markets his art through his web site (see our links on the right) and appears at living history events and re-enactments throughout the Carolinas.

Chapter president Geoff Baggett recruited him to the SAR last year when he hired Rick to make him a horn in honor of his ancestor Capt. James Shelton of the Henry County, Virginia, militia.  Rick had hit a”brick wall” in his ancestry research and Geoff put his genealogy skills to work and broke through the wall, connecting him with his ancestor David Johnston, who served in the Virginia militia under George Rogers Clark.  His application was received for consideration on December 31, 2014.  It was approved today!

Now Rick is serving as our official “East Coast” branch of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter.  We have provided him with a wreath and name placard that he can present at ceremonies and events in the name of our chapter.  So even thought he’s not here in Kentucky with us, he is still able to connect with and serve the chapter as an active representative!  Someday when he finds a chapter near his area that he connects well with, he can transfer out … or maybe stay on as a dual member. 😉

Please join us in welcoming our newest “official,” application-approved Compatriot, Rick Sheets of the great state of North Carolina!



New Compatriot! Jack Dawson

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, New Member on February 25, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Th Col. Stepen Trigg Chapter welcomes yet another new Compatriot, Jack Dawson of Trigg Couty … via Wisconsin.

Jack Dawson

Jack Dawson

Jack and his wife, Dorothy, are natives of the northern lands who spend the warmer months in their native Wisconsin and their winters here at their Lake Barkley home.  Jack is submitting his application this week (he’s had it for a while, but was thoroughly snowed in at his hillside home this past ten days).

Jack descends from James Taffe of the 8th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line, as well as Morgan’s Rifle Regiment (a rather famous group of rifle sharpshooters).

Please join us in welcoming Jack Dawson to the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter!

New Compatriot! Cody Burlingame

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, New Member on February 24, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter is thrilled to welcome its newest Compatriot, Cody Burlingame!

Cody Burlingame

Cody Burlingame

Cody, age 22,  is the grandson of Jerry Burlingame, and descended from his common Patriot ancestor, Robert Montgomery of Rhode Island.  He works as a welder at Transcraft.  Cody submitted his application  a couple of weeks ago, and has already participated in his first event!  He carried a flag, in uniform, at our George Washington Birthday Commemoration.

Cody & Jerry Burlingame

Cody & Jerry Burlingame

Please join us in welcoming Cody!


Spring Meeting Announcement

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, KYSSAR on February 23, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Below is the announcement regarding our KYSSAR Spring Meeting in Louisville.  Please mail your meal reservation to the address on this announcement.

We really need to have a significant presence at this meeting.  It will NOT be an overnight trip.  We are planning to drive up early and return that evening.  If you would like to go in the “carpool,” email

Spring Meeting Announcement

George Washington Birthday Celebration

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, George Washington Portrait, George Washington's Birthday on February 22, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Today the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter honored the memory of George Washington on his birthday.  Despite having received a foot of snow and sleet during the week, the roads cleared just enough for Compatriots and citizens to gather in the warmth and comfort of the beautiful Trigg County Senior Center at 3:00 this afternoon.

Attendees enjoyed a display of flags, including a beautiful reproduction of the George Washington Headquarters flag, paintings of George Washington, and a cocked hat and sword display.

The George Washington Display

The George Washington Display

The chapter honored the host, Cissy Lawrence, administrator of the center, with several items.  They presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation for her cooperation in making the event possible, a Certificate of Appreciation for display at the Senior Center, and a beautiful collector’s lithograph of Arnold Friberg’s classic painting, The Prayer at Valley Forge.  The chapter purchased this beautiful framed lithograph from Friberg’s Fine Art, the estate of Arnold Friberg, and it came with a Certificate of Authenticity.  Mrs. Lawrence will place the painting on display in the Senior Center.

Cissy Lawrence Receives the Friberg Painting

Cissy Lawrence Receives the Friberg Painting

Chapter President Geoff Baggett shared a story and a speech by George Washington given in 1783 in response to a potential military coup by his officers because of the inability of Congress to meet its financial obligations to the officers for their service in the war.

After the speech, Compatriots rendered a salute to the likeness of George Washington, then four shooters stepped outside and fired their weapons over the snowy landscape in a black-powder military salute to General Washington.

The Military Salute

The Military Salute

Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception featuring traditional cherry desserts and recipes.

Click here to view a photo album from the event.

Kentucky Pioneer – 2015 Vol. 1

Posted in Kentucky Pioneer Newsletter, KYSSAR on February 20, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Click the image to read the latest edition of the newsletter of the Kentucky Society Sons of the American Revolution!

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WKDZ Radio Story Today!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Radio Story on February 19, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Click the image to access the story running throughout the day on all five stations of the Ham Broadcasting Network!

WKDZ Story 02.19.15