Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

March 2014

 

Contents

††††††††† Meeting announcement

††††††††† Revolution History note

††††††††† Program Schedule

††††††††† Misc. reminders and information

 

The March meeting of the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution will be on Saturday, March 15 at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at 11810 Dale Mabry Highway North, Tampa, Florida (813-963-1660).The meeting starts at noon but many members arrive early for a time of conversation and fellowship. The topic for this month is the USO in Tampa.

 

 

American Revolution Notes

 

On March 7, 1778, Henry Clinton replaced Sir William Howe as commander in chief of all British forces in America.Why is this of importance to us?Letís jump ahead three and half years to October, 1781.British General Cornwallis was cornered at Yorktown, Virginia and, on the advice of the French and his own subordinates, Washington decided to move his army and the French army south to complete the defeat of Cornwallis.For many years historians were faced with the vexing problem of trying to understand why Clinton was unaware of the movements of Washingtonís army. In one of those instances of serendipity the answer to the question was found, in, of all places, a dusty attic at Michigan State.†† A newly arrived history professor, looking for something to work on stumbled across the papers of Henry Clinton in an attic at Michigan State.How Henry Clintonís war time papers ended up at Michigan State is unknown.While going through Clintonís papers, he discovered the answer to the question.During the time when Washington was moving his army, The Prince of Wales was visiting Clinton and his time was filled with parties and wining and dining the future King.†† Clinton also had acquired a mistress upon his arrival in North America.Between time spent with his mistress and time spent with the Prince of Wales, Clinton was oblivious to what was talking place militarily.†† While he was receiving some reports from the front line commanders expressing concerns that something was afoot, Clinton spent little or no time during this crucial period dealing with military matters.

 

So, why is the appointment of Clinton of importance to us? Quite simply it is that perhaps a different British commander may have been more aware of what was happening in October of 1781 and Washington might not have been able to close the trap on Cornwallis.It is sometimes little, mundane things in history that have the most interesting ramifications.

 

From a chapter in: The Historian as Detective;†† Robin Winks ed.

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Below is the tentative program schedule for spring 2014. As always send along any suggestions for speakers.

March          USO of Tampa

April            ROTC Recognition

May            Victory Ship and Museum

 

Park and Museum

Misc. Reminders and notes

National Society Annual Congress (Greenville, SC)

                July 18-24;                www.sar.org

 

Chapter WebsiteóRemember you can find information about the chapter and programs on the chapter website.http://www.patriot-web.com/

 

One of the duties of the Chapter Chaplain is to send cards to our members that are sick. If you know of anyone that I need to send a card to, please mention it at our next meeting. Another duty is to send a sympathy card to the family of a member who has passed away.

Jack C. Bolen†††††††††††

Chaplain

 

Chapter officers and committee chairman are encouraged to send to the editor any pertinent information they wish included in the newsletter.