Sons of the American Revolution
Revolution History note
War Service Medal Award
FLSSAR Board of Management Meeting
Misc. reminders and information
The February meeting of the
Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will held on Saturday, February
20. The Piccadilly has closed so
please note the change in venue.
The meeting will be held at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library at 2902 W. Bearss Ave. in Tampa, Florida. Their telephone number is 813-273-3652. This location is only a few minutes from the
Piccadilly site. The doors will be open at 10:00 and the meeting will
start at 10:30.
Committee is working on a site for future meetings. They need your feedback on whether we should
have a meeting with lunch as we have had for so many years at the Piccadilly or
if a meeting, like this one, without lunch is preferable.
The program will be presented
by Rand Sholet of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness
(AHA) Society and will, of course, be about Alexander Hamilton, with some
discussion, no doubt, about replacing Mr. Hamilton's likeness on the $10 bill.
An agenda for the meeting will be provided.
American Revolution Notes:
George Rogers Clark captures
the “Old Northwest”. Part II
Last month we looked at the first part of George Rogers
Clark’s campaign into Illinois
to capture those areas from the British and to thwart the Indians that were
raiding into Kentucky.
After capturing three British outposts, Clark
was able to (essentially) buy off the Indians and was welcomed by the French
inhabitants of the area. One thing I
neglected to mention last month was how Clark
was able to establish peace with the Indians. Some members may recall that
several years ago the Hon. E. J. Salcines presented a
program on the Spanish participation in the war and the aid the Spanish gave to
the Americans. In particular he
mentioned the aid provided by the Spanish Governor of Louisiana, Bernardo de Galvez. A large portion of that aid was supplies
floated up the Mississippi
to aid Clark and his men. It was gifts
provided by Galvez that Clark gave to the
Indians in the area to assure, if not their friendship, at least their
By the autumn of 1778 Clark
had secured the area, arranged the deal with the Indians and recruited some of
the local French inhabitants to join his force.
Col. Hamilton, the British
commander in Detroit,
led a force south to reoccupy Vincennes,
which they did. His intent was to use it
as base to re-establish his relations with the Indians.
realized his task was not done and began making plans to retake Vincennes. Clark
realized that if he waited until spring Hamilton’s
force would be too large. Clark then rolled the dice. Working on the assumption Hamilton would not expect
anyone to mount an offensive in the dead of winter, Clark,
with barely 120 men (fully ½ being French militia) convinced his men they could
do this and boldly led them into the wintry wilderness. First they had to cross
the swollen Wabash
River. Then, sometimes in water up to their chests,
they had to wade through vast areas of flooded marshland.
Clark’s force arrived at Vincennes in Feb, 1779,
and took the town with the aid of the local French inhabitants. The British retreated into the fort near the
knew he did not have the manpower for a frontal assault on the fort and did not
have the supplies for a long siege.
First, using local topography to hide his men, but so their flags and
banners could be seen, he began the task of convincing the British his force
was larger than it was. He sent a
request to Hamilton
to surrender but that request was refused.
Next followed the most controversial part
of this remarkable campaign. Clark’s men captured a small hunting party. The three Frenchmen in the party were
released but the 4 Indians had American scalps.
Clark had the Indians paraded in front
of the fort, had them sit down and them in full view of the fort’s garrison had
them tomahawked to death and scalped. It
was implied to the garrison that the same fate awaited them if they did not
surrender. Rather quickly Hamilton met with Clark and the surrender documents were signed.
Clark had hoped to be able
to take Detroit
but lack of men, supplies and support prevented that.
While not as well known as many of the other campaigns on
the war, Clark’s capturing of the northwest
provided the American negotiators in Paris
leverage when the negotiations on the treaty ending the war began. The final
treaty ratified what Clark and his men had taken by conquest: American possession of the Ohio country and the Old
Feb— Alexander Hamilton
March— Avoiding Senior Fraud
(presented by local office of FBI)
April— JROTC Recognition
May—Tampa Bay History Center
presentation on Ft. Brooke
controversy revisited.—Compatriot Bob Yarnell
War Service Medal Award
Compariot James Arthur was presented with his SAR War Service
Medal with Vietnam Service Bar, his SAR Purple Heart pin and his Florida
Veterans Battalion Certificate.
Compatriot Arthur was a career Army officer who retired in 1985 after
nearly 25 years of active duty.
Florida Society Winter Board of Management Meeting
The FLSSAR Winter BOM was held Feb 5-6
at The Florida Hotel in Orlando. Dick Young, Past President and current State
Treasurer was present and John Goolsby, Vice
President was able to attend the Friday evening banquet and the Saturday
morning BOM sessions. Some of the decisions and announcements made were (in no
particular order of significance):
- Application fees for
new member and supplemental applications will be increased by $10 for
applications "not already initiated" on April 5, 2016.
This means that if we are aware of a potential new member who has
advised us that he has started the research/application process prior to
April 5, his application fee will not increase, regardless of when his
application eventually is submitted.
- The Florida Society,
as the second largest state society in SAR, has been asked to formally
endorse the continuing march toward building a museum on the ground floor of
the new SAR Headquarters building in Louisville. The cost of completion,
including retirement of remaining debt on the Headquarters work is
estimated at $$11 - $14 million. The SAR Foundation has also
suggested that an additional $30 million be raised as an endowment to
subsidize the operations of the museum. The mood of the room was not to
proceed with the museum concept, but to raise funds to enhance and
simplify the genealogical research and SAR
application process as well as the expansion of SAR educational outreach.
The only motion passed was to ask our National Trustee to present a
motion at the February National Leadership meeting in Louisville for the
National Society to table any action on the museum until the Florida
Society could get more information.
Also due to
size and location, the Florida Society has been asked to consider hosting a
future National Congress. This would be 2021 at the earliest and possibly
as late as 2023. Your past president has been asked to serve on the
Feasibility Study Committee. So far, all that has been provided is a very high
level time line, with no budget numbers or cost estimates.
- The Last Naval Battle
of the Revolution Commemoration will be held on Merritt Island on March 5.
- The Battle of Thomas
Creek Commemoration will be held in Jacksonville on March 19.
- The Battle of
Pensacola Commemoration will be held in Pensacola on May 7. This is
first time in many years that this celebration has been held. It
will be jointly sponsored by SAR, DAR and the City of Pensacola.
- The next BOM and
Annual meeting will be at The Florida Hotel on May 13-15.
Misc. Notes and reminders:
Chapter Website—remember you can
find information about the chapter and programs on the chapter website. http://www.tampasar.org/
One of the duties of the
Chapter Chaplain is to send cards to our members that are sick. Another is to
send a sympathy card to the family of a member who has passed away. If you know
of anyone that should be the recipient of these cards please mention it to
Chaplain Sessums or President Klug at our next
Chapter officers and
committee chairman are encouraged to send any pertinent information they wish
included in the newsletter to the editor.