Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

April 2017

 

Contents

          Meeting announcement

          Revolution History note

          Program Schedule

          Other Dates of Interest

          Misc. reminders and information

 

The April meeting of the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will held on Saturday, April 15 at the Lewis Hill, III Boy Scouts of America Service Center 13228 North Central Avenue, Tampa, FL  33612 from 11:30-1:30. The April meeting will be our JROTC recognition weekend. We have invited the JROTC programs in our area to send their award-winning cadet and guests to attend.  Unlike previous years, when the chapter hosted a more formal luncheon, we’ve planned a short business meeting and hot dog picnic at the Boy Scout Center. During the meeting, we will introduce and recognize the cadets.

In addition, we’ll announce our Chapter nominee for the Enhanced JROTC Program and invite the cadet to read their essay, “How ROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States of America.”  Compatriot Terry Doan, our ROTC chairman, asked me to add, “This will be a fun event and a good chance to recognize those young people who can reaffirm our faith in the greatness of the American spirit!  (And wear comfortable clothes!)”.

 

Compatriot Doan also wants to thank all of you that made (or will make) the special effort to visit the many high schools in our area to personally present the JROTC medals and certificates to these exemplary young people.  

 

The March meeting was held at the BSA Service Center.  The speaker was Richard Wainio who provided an update on his October 2014 presentation on the Panama

Canal.  Mr. Wainio lived and worked in the Panama Canal Zone for many years. As the former Planning Director of the Panama Canal Commission, he was able to give us a first-hand account of the work on the Canal.  Compatriot Jack Bolen donated a book on the Panama Canal, that had been purchased by his father many years ago, for presentation to Mr. Wainio.  

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Revolutionary History Note

People who study the military have been intrigued with the question of who holds units together on the battlefield.  For some the quick answer that comes to mind are the NCOs.  In conflicts that involve small unit engagements Lts. And Captains sometimes come to mind in addition to the sergeants. 

          In Washington’s Continental army the basic building block was the regiment and on many Revolutionary War battlefields it was the regimental commander, usually a colonel (sometimes a major) who did the job.  They were in the thick of the fighting and their presence and leadership was invaluable on many battlefields. 

          In most regiments the colonel was elected/selected by the men once the unit was formed.  So, it is reasonable to conclude he was already seen as a leader in the local community.  This was the case with John Haslet who was selected to command the Delaware regiment when it was formed in January 1776. 

The regiment moved north and joined Washington’s Army just prior to the battles around New York.  In August,


 the Delaware regiment defended the American right at the Battle of Long Island.  As the American left dissolved under the weight of the British flank attack, Haslet’s Delaware regiments and Smallwood’s Marylanders held the American right until compelled to retreat.  Haslet was on court martial duty in the city when the battle began but quickly rejoined his regiment and helped lead and organize the fighting retreat.  Haslet and his regiment fought well again during the Battle of White Plains. 

          As the army retreated into Pennsylvania, Haslet was hard pressed to keep his regiment intact.  Battle casualties and the expiration of enlistments reduced the regiment to 100 men by mid-December.  These 100 men, under Haslet crossed the Delaware River and participated in the attack on Trenton on Dec. 26, 1776.  The following week, Haslet and the men from Delaware   were again in the forefront at The Battle of Princeton.  When the brigade commander, Hugh Mercer went down, Haslet assumed brigade command and managed to rally the troops. However, he did not live to see the victory he and his men were instrumental in achieving. He was killed during the battle with a ball though his head.  Following the loss of Haslet at Princeton, the few remaining members of the regiment disbanded and the original Delaware regiment ceased to exist

          Haslet’s leadership of the Delaware regiment during the first crucial year of the war gave them a reputation of being one of the few regiments that Washington knew he could rely on. 

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          The rest of the story: The regiment was reformed later in 1777 and fought well in the battles around Philadelphia in the autumn of 1777.  In 1780 Washington sent them south with Gates where the regiment for all intents and purposes was destroyed at the debacle at Camden.

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April 15 - JROTC recognition: Boy Scout Annex

May 20 -  Rodney Kite-Powell: History of the Tampa Bay Area

                      Boy Scout Annex 

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Other Dates of Interest

April 13-16 - Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall

                             Wallace Brooks Park, Inverness, FL

April 25 - Honor Flight - St Petersburg/Clearwater Airport

May 13 - Commemoration of the Battle of Thomas Creek - Jacksonville

May 19-21 - Florida Society BOM and Annual Meeting - Kissimmee

June 6- Honor Flight - St Petersburg/Clearwater Airport

July 7-13 - National Society Annual Congress - Knoxville, TN

          Information available at www.sar.org/sar-annual-congress

          Registration form not yet available

August 20 - tentative FLSSAR Regional Meeting

                             (times and site-somewhere in Tampa-to be determined)

October 25-30 - tentative Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall

                             Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park

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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 one of the other officers at our next meeting.

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