Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

September 2021

 

 

Contents

          Meeting announcement

          Revolution History note

          Program Schedule

SAR and events update  

Wreaths Across America 

Color Guard Events & Opportunities       

          Misc. reminders and information

 

 

Meeting Announcements

September

Tampa Chapter S.A.R. is ready to resume after our summer break.  Our next meeting is on Saturday, September 18th at 12:00 noon at the Mission BBQ at 5602 WEST WATERS AVENUE, Tampa 33634.  We have the room beginning at 11:00AM so come early, get your food, and join us in the private meeting room for fellowship before we start at noon.

 

Dress is casual.  We will be welcoming some new members and discussing plans for the year.  Elections are coming so if you're interested in serving in a leadership role, please make yourself known.  We need you!  We have a speaker who will tell us a story of a patriot born a slave who became a Continental Army solider.   

 

May 

President Bryant was determined to have an in-person meeting in May 2021, before the Chapter took its usual summer recess.  Even though the usual meeting place had not yet re-opened, he arranged the meeting at a local Mission BBQ.  The Chapter meeting date coincided with Armed Forces Day.  As usual Mission BBQ planned a celebration.  A local American Legion Post brought their Honor Guard and the Tampa Chapter Color Guard was also asked to participate.  During the meeting several new members were inducted in the SAR and presented with their Membership Certificates.  New member Ron MacCammon was also presented the SAR War Service Medal to recognize his many years of service in the US Army. 

After the meeting, President Bryant and the Color Guard presented the SAR Flag Certificate to the operators of the restaurant.

     

        President Bryant Inducting six new members                        Ron MacCammon receiving his War Service Medal

 

American Revolution Notes

          With onset of the covid pandemic, historians near and far, professional and amateur, began churning out articles on the diseases and pandemics that have plagued mankind over the centuries.  Ancient historians focused on the plague that devastated Athens during the Peloponnesian War and the plague that hit Rome during the reign of Marcus Aurelius.  The bubonic plague/Black Death naturally became the focus of medieval historians. 

Articles came out about the plagues and diseases that affected the native populations of the Americas as they met Europeans.  And the great influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 likewise garnered a lot of attention. As regards the Revolutionary war era, most of the writing focused on Washington getting his soldiers vaccinated against smallpox and its importance to the ultimate victory of the Americans over the British. 

Less has been written about the effects of disease on the southern campaigns of the Revolution. However, it can be argued that the effects of malaria and yellow fever so impacted the British southern campaigns during the period 1779-1781 as to be a major factor in the gaining of American independence.

In the summer of 1780, following the capture of Savannah, Charleston, and the victory at Camden, Gen Cornwallis sent Major Ferguson into the interior to rally loyalist support.  After receiving reports of Ferguson’s heavy handedness and stronger than expected colonial resistance, Cornwallis realized he had to reinforce Ferguson.  Cornwallis ordered Tarleton to move to help Ferguson. However, Tarleton had malaria and could not proceed to Ferguson’s aid.  The result, as we know, is the defeat of Ferguson at King’s Mountain.  Whether Tarleton’s presence would have made a difference or, indeed, would the battle even have been fought if Tarleton’s forces had merged with Ferguson’s is pure speculation, but Tarleton’s incapacitation had an impact on the King’s Mountain Campaign.  Following King’s Mountain Cornwallis realized he needed to respond, but now malaria incapacitated him.  For several important weeks a leadership vacuum existed in the British southern army.

One historian has remarked that if you look at a map to chart the progress of Cornwallis’ campaign during the spring/summer of 1781, it makes no sense. He is zigzagging all over N. Carolina with no apparent purpose.  However, the purpose is quite simple. Cornwallis is trying to find someplace, anyplace, safe enough for him to rest his men and get them healthy.  Malaria and yellow fever hit the British hard in the autumn of 1780 and now, in the late spring and early summer of 1781 they again impacted the British southern army.  Cornwallis asked the colonial loyalist to suggest healthy locations. They would, Cornwallis would move there, only to find that location no better than the one he had just left. And procuring food for his men and wagons to move the sick exasperated this constant search for a healthy location to rest and re-fit. 

The result being that when Cornwallis locked horns with Greene in the race to the Dan and the Battle of Guilford Court House, disease had weakened his army.

Cornwallis moved to Wilmington and there made the fateful decision to move northward into Virginia.  Saving his army from the N. Carolina fever season was one of his main reasons for moving into Virginia. As he wrote at the time, going to Virginia was the only “hope to preserve the troops from the fatal sickness which so nearly ruined the army last autumn.”  And, of course, the result was Yorktown.

From the capture of Savannah in Dec 1778 to their surrender at Yorktown in October 1781, the British in the south faced not only determined guerrilla resistance, logistical problems and talented commanders in Morgan and Greene, but they also faced another enemy, debilitating diseases that sapped the strength of their army.  When you combine these factors, it is difficult to see how the outcome could have been different

 

Program Schedule

 

Dates for the fall are below. Feel free to pass along any program/speaker suggestions to either Pres. D. Brant or VP Bob Yarnell.

 

Oct. 16                  TBD

Nov. 20                 Fire Fighter & EMS Recognition

Dec. 18                  Wreaths Across America

 

Other important dates

Sep 23-25             National Society Fall Leadership Conference - Louisville

Oct 1-2                  Florida Society Fall Board of Management Meeting – Kissimmee

Nov 11                    Veterans Day

 

SAR and Events Update

The 2021 National Congress was held in-person in Renton, Washington (Seattle) on July 8 – 14.  The newly elected President General, Davis Wright’s Installation Address is printed in the latest edition of the SAR Magazine which should have landed in your mailbox just a few days ago.  His emphasis is the planning and execution of many events celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the War for Independence, extending to the 1783 Treaty of Paris.  The delegates present voted to increase membership application fees. 

The 2022 Congress will be in Savanah, Georgia. 

The 2023 Congress will be held in Orlando.  Plans are being made and volunteers will be needed.   Information on volunteer opportunities will be made available as plans are made.

 

Wreaths Across America

       The nation-wide annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 18, at over 2500 locations.  For those of you not familiar with WAA, please visit their website at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org for more information.  The Tampa Chapter will again be a sponsor for the Veterans Cemetery at the American Legion Post #5 on Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa.  We also expect to be part of the noon-time ceremony, again.  More information to follow. 

 

Color Guard Events and Opportunities

Even though the Chapter did not meet during the summer months, the Color Guard and other members managed to stay busy representing the SAR.  The Color Guard was invited to Present the Colors at the Memorial Day Service at the Veterans Cemetery owned by American Legion Post #5 USS Tampa in Tampa.  Also present were members of several DAR chapters and the Fort Brooke (Tampa) Society of the C.A.R.

 

       

Chapter Sergeant-At-Arms Roger Roscoe and Fort                       The Tampa Chapter Color Guard, joined by the

Brooke C.A.R. member Lulu Nicholson after they                          Jefferson HS JROTC Honor Guard in the Presentation 

presented wreaths during Memorial Day Ceremony                 of the Colors

 

On the Fourth of July, the Chapter Color Guard was invited to participate in the Safety Harbor American Legion Post #238 Independence Day Parade.  Pictured below are Color Guard members Terry Doan, Robbie Robinson and Bill Swain along with Uncle Sam standing in front of some of the vintage military equipment they marched with in the parade.  The Color Guard was invited to join them again at their Christmas Parade. 

 

 

Future Opportunities

September 22       Rays Baseball Game            St Petersburg

October 9             Liberty Tree Dedication     Port Charlotte

November 11          Veterans Day                     (we will try to find something)

December 4           Christmas Parade              Safety Harbor

December 18         Wreaths Across America   Tampa

February 16           DAR Chapter Luncheon      Sun City Center

 

Miscellaneous Reminders

The face book page for the Tampa Sons of the American Revolution is

Tampa Sar. The password to add anything is American1776.

Please feel free to upload pictures or comments. Invite all your friends to take a look.

 

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 chairmen are encouraged to send any pertinent information they wish included in the newsletter to the editor.