Sons of the American Revolution
reminders and information
The next meeting of the
Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will be held on Saturday, Sept.
14th at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club at 11 Central Avenue. This is a special joint meeting with the St.
Petersburg Chapter to commemorate Constitution Week. The featured speaker is Joseph Hardesty,
Director of the SAR Genealogical Research Library in Louisville. Following are the event details:
10:45 AM Arrival and seating
11:00 Introductions, Welcome and
Speaker: Mr. Joseph Hardesty, Head Librarian NSSAR
NSSAR Library: A Treasure Trove for Researchers
1:30 Lunch Service
2:15 Seminar Session 1: Secrets of Using Family Search.org Research Wiki, and Using
Family Search.org Catalog
3:30 Seminar Session 2: History of the US Federal Census: What it can tell us about
our ancestors in historical context
Petersburg Yacht Club SAR/DAR Luncheon: $24, parking included inside the Yacht Club
building; (meal: Herb roasted Chicken Coq au Vin & Yacht Club’s Topsail
Tampa Chapter SAR can pay
at the door, but to reserve a meal and
assure seating, a
reservation is required.
RSVP by September 9 to
Charles Butler at email@example.com
Seminar Sessions: No additional charge
American Revolution Notes:
note) I have had computer issues for most
of the month and was unable to get something written in time for this early
edition of the newsletter. My Revolution
Note will return in October with a look at the 1765 Stamp Act Congress and in
November, the siege of Ft. Mifflin.
So…the Assistant Editor, did some research and discovered the capture of
Major John Andre occurred during the month of September 1780. Following is an edited version of a Wikipedia
article (I know).
In 1779, John
André became Adjutant
General of the British Army in America with the rank
of Major. In
April of that year, he took charge of British Secret
Service in America.
Around this time, André had been negotiating with disillusioned American
Arnold. Arnold's Loyalist wife Peggy Shippen was one of the go-betweens in the correspondence. Arnold commanded
West Point and had agreed to surrender it to the British for £20,000, a
move that would have enabled the British to cut off New England from the rest of the colonies.
went up the Hudson River on
the British sloop-of-war Vulture on Wednesday, 20 September 1780 to visit Arnold. The two men conferred
in the woods below Stony Point on
the river's west bank until nearly dawn. Soon thereafter on the morning of 22
September, began firing on the Vulture, which sustained many hits
and was forced to retire down river without André. To aid André's escape through American lines,
Arnold provided him with civilian clothes and a passport which allowed him to
travel under the name John Anderson. He bore six papers hidden in his stocking,
written in Arnold's hand, that showed the British how to take the fort. This
was unnecessary, since Clinton already knew the fort's layout.
rode on in safety until 9 a.m. on 23 September, when he came near Tarrytown, NY
where armed militiamen stopped him. André thought that they were Tories because one was wearing a Hessian soldier's overcoat.
André then told them that he was a British officer who must not be detained,
when, to his surprise, they said that they were Americans, and that he was
their prisoner. They searched him and found Arnold's papers in his stocking.
The prisoner was at first detained at Wright's Mill in North Castle, before
being taken back across the Hudson to the headquarters of the American Army
at Tappan. There
he admitted who he really was. The six
sheets of paper carried by André were sent to General George
Arnold received a note while at breakfast with his officers, made an
excuse to leave the room, and was not seen again. The note gave Arnold time to
escape to the British. An hour or so later, Washington arrived at West Point
and was disturbed to see the stronghold's fortifications in such neglect, part
of the plan to weaken West Point's defenses. Some hours later, Washington
received the explanatory information from Maj. Benjamin Tallmadge and
immediately sent men to arrest Arnold, but it was too late.
Washington convened a board of
senior officers to investigate the matter.
The trial contrasted with Sir William
Howe's treatment of Nathan Hale four years earlier.
André's defense was that he was suborning an enemy officer, "an advantage
taken in war" (his words). However, he
did not attempt to pass the blame onto Arnold. On 29 September 1780, the board
found André guilty of being behind American lines "under a feigned name
and in a disguised habit" and ordered that "Major André,
Adjutant-General to the British Army, ought to be considered as a Spy from the
enemy, and that he ought to suffer death. André appealed to George Washington
to be executed as a gentleman by being shot rather than hanged as a
"common criminal", but by the rules of war he was hanged as a spy at
Tappan on 2 October 1780. While a
prisoner, he endeared himself to American officers who lamented his death as
much as the British. Alexander Hamilton wrote
of him: "Never perhaps did any man suffer death with more justice or
deserve it less."
After this special joint meeting
with the St Petersburg Chapter, Tampa SAR will return to its normal meeting
date of the third Saturday of each month at the Golden Corral in Temple
Terrace. More details will be provided
in the October Newsletter.
Other important dates
September 10 Honor Flight
September 26 Missing In America Project (Sarasota)
October 4-5 Fall BOM (Kissimmee)
October 22 Honor Flight
November 11 Veteran’s Day
December 14 Wreaths Across America
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you can find information about the chapter and programs on the chapter
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.
Chapter officers and
committee chairman are encouraged to send any pertinent information they wish
included in the newsletter to the editor.