Archive for March, 2016

Poster Champion Presentation

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Finally!  Here is a photo from our chapter’s presentation to the Kentucky state poster contest winner, Kerrigan McManus.  She received a certificate and a $200 cash award!

We were able to make the presentation in front of the entire student body and faculty of Southwest Elementary School in Calloway County!  Over 400 people!


(l to r) Teacher – Andy Davenport, Jim Rudd, Steve Mallory. Kerrigan McManus, and Geoff Baggett

Today’s Banner in the Murray Ledger & Times!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

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Unfortunately, we can’t get to the “full story,” but we definitely made the Murray paper for awarding Kerrigan McManus her state champion poster award and check!

Hornbooks and Scrimshaw For Kids!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 16, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Rick Homeschoolers

Durham, North Carolina, Compatriot and professional horner Rick Sheets taught a homeschool workshop on making Colonial hornbooks and scrimshaw at the Stagville Historic Site in Durham on Tuesday. The kids learned about the engraved powder horns and flintlock guns carried during the Revolutionary War.  They also had the opportunity to see and handle examples of powder horns.

The students learned about other colonial items made from cow horn, such as the hornbook, cups and spoons, and combs.  For the activity portion of the workshop, each kid printed their own hornbook paper on a printing press and assembled a hornbook to keep. They also engraved (or scrimshawed) a poker chip with their own design.

Rick is an awesome living historian and an incredible asset for the youth education and outreach initiatives of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter!

Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriot Elected to State Leadership

Posted in Uncategorized on March 16, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

On March 12 the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter achieved an important milestone in its short history. Chapter President Geoff Baggett was sworn into a dual leadership role in the Kentucky Society at Kentucky’s annual meeting in faraway Prestonsburg, Kentucky. Rev. Baggett was elected the state Chaplain, a spiritual leadership role reserved for ordained members of the Christian ministry. He was also elected state Vice-President, placing him in the line of succession to become President of the Kentucky Society in 2018. Baggett has also been asked to serve as Chaplain of the Central District of the SAR in 2016, representing the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.


KYSSAR President Dr. Larry Leslie, KYSSAR Vice-President/ Chaplain Geoff Baggett, KYSSAR Color Guard COmmander Charlie Scott

Baggett stated on Saturday, “It is, indeed, an honor to be chosen to represent the finest historical lineage organization in the world as a state and district level officer. I plan to represent Trigg County and the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter with both dignity and enthusiasm. I want Kentucky to have the best state SAR in America.”

In addition to officer elections, the Kentucky SAR also presented state level awards at the recent meeting. The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter received the President’s Award, given to the most active chapter in the commonwealth. They also received recognition for sponsoring Kentucky’s winning poster in the 2016 SAR Elementary Poster Contest. Chapter Vice-President Steve Mallory was also honored at the event. He received the coveted Meritorious Service Medal from the Kentucky Society for his work and leadership in the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter.

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Steve Mallory Receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Outgoing KYSSAR President Chuck Scott

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter “Long Distance” Compatriot Represents at Moore’s Creek Bridge

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Moore's Creek Bridge, Rick Sheets on March 1, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Rick Sheets of Durham, North Carolina, holds a very interesting “record.”  He is member of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter who lives furthest away from Trigg County … which he’s never even visited!  Rick lives a whopping 650 miles and ten hours away from Cadiz, Kentucky.

So how did he ever become a member of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter and the Kentucky Society?  Well … it’s kind of a long story.

Rick “met” Col. Stephen Trigg President Geoff Baggett online in 2014 through an internet search.  You see, Rick is a folk artist and horner … he make beautiful historic replica powder horns and other items from cow’s horn.  Geoff was in search of an authentic horn for his revolutionary War uniform impression.


Rick with his grandson, Liam.

When they connected the subject of SAR came up, of course, and Geoff asked Rick, “Why aren’t you a member of SAR?”  Rick’s reply was that, thus far in his research, he had never been able to connect to a Patriot ancestor.

So Geoff “got on the case” and applied his genealogy skills, and two days later he found Rick’s ancestor … David Johnston of Virginia.  Amazingly, Johnston served under Gen. George Rogers Clark on the northwest frontier and, no doubt, spent some time in the portion of Virginia now known as Kentucky.  A couple of weeks later Geoff mailed him his completed application, all ready to submit.  Rick elected to go ahead and join the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter and then, perhaps, transfer to a closer chapter in North Carolina … someday.  It was received at National on December 31, 2014, and he was approved a couple of months later.  I

And the rest is, as they say, “history.” It’s been over a year now, and Rick is still a Col. Stephen Trigg member!  So far Rick has stuck with the Trigg County boys (even though he hasn’t met a single one of them).  He is an avid living historian, demonstrating his craft and skills at historic events throughout Virginia and the Carolinas.  And in the process he also represents the SAR with skill and pride.

The chapter has dubbed him Col. Stephen Trigg “East.”  He makes presentations and earns “Americanism Points” on a regular basis for the chapter.  We even provided him with a chapter wreath, just in case he might have the opportunity to present it at any events where he is doing his living history impression.

Well, the stars aligned this past weekend when Rick took part in the annual commemoration weekend of the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge at the Moore’s Creek National Battlefield in North Carolina.  The annual SAR commemoration of the event was held on Saturday.  It was a National SAR Color Guard event.  And Rick Sheets … who has never set foot in Trigg County, Kentucky … presented a wreath on behalf of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter of Cadiz, Kentucky. Pretty cool.

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Rick with Superintendent Ricardo Perez at the Moore’s Creek Monument After the SAR Ceremony


February-March 2016 Trigg Patriot Newsletter

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

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