Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

April 2013



          Meeting announcement

          Revolution History note

          Program Schedule

          Misc. reminders and information


The April meeting of the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will held on Saturday, April, 20th   at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at 11810 Dale Mabry Highway North, Tampa, Florida (813-963-1660).  Our April meeting will be our annual luncheon for the JROTC cadets who received our award this year, their instructors and families. Our meeting room will be set up classroom style with no tables. Everyone will dine in the main room and then move to the private room for the program. We are reverting to our past practice of asking our members to sit with a cadet and/or instructor during lunch and pick up their tab, if possible. If you end up with multiple tabs, see if another member will take one. If all else fails, give the extra tabs to our Treasurer and he can write a check to the restaurant. This only applies to the cadets and instructors, not their family members. This will help our Chapter keep expenses down.  Let’s be sure to make our guests feel welcome.




An agenda for the meeting will be provided and the membership will be given updates from officers and the various committees.



American Revolution Notes:

The skirmishes at Lexington and Concord are a natural for our April note.  What follows are passages from several American/US History books and how they treat the events of April 19th, 1775. They are all from textbooks currently used in my classes at SPC and PHCC.   I thought the memberships might find it interesting.


Enduring Vision—used at the Tarpon Campus of St. Petersburg College:

“The British government ordered Massachusetts Governor Gage to quell the “rude rabble” by arresting the principal patriot leaders.  On April 19, 1775, aware that most of these leaders had already fled Boston, Gage instead sent seven hundred British soldiers to seize military supplies that the colonist had stored in Concord.  Two couriers, William Dawes and Paul Revere, rode out to warm the nearby towns of the British troop movements and target.  At Lexington, about seventy minutemen confronted the soldiers.  After a confused skirmish in which eight minutemen died and a single redcoat was wounded, the British pushed on to Concord.  There they found few munitions but encountered a growing swarm of armed Yankees.  When some minutemen mistakably became convinced that the town was being burned, they exchanged fire with the British regulars and touched off a running battle that continued for most of the sixteen miles back to Boston.”


Give Me Liberty—used at all campuses of Pasco-Hernando Community College


“On April 19, a force of British soldiers marched from Boston toward the nearby town of Concord seeking to seize arms being stockpiled there.  Riders from Boston, among them Paul Revere, warned local leaders of the troops’ approach.  Militiamen took up arms and tried to resist the British advance.  Skirmishes between Americans and British soldiers took place at Lexington and again at Concord.”


Of the People---used at Gibbs Campus of St. Petersburg College


“In the spring of 1775, Gage received orders from England to take decisive action against the colonists.  He was determined to seize the colonists’ military supplies stored at Concord.  The British soldiers arrived at Lexington at daybreak and ordered the militia, which had gathered after being warned of the British advance, to surrender, which they refused to do.  Exactly what happened next remains unclear.  The colonists swore British soldiers opened fire.  The British major insisted that the first shot came from behind a tree.  British soldiers lost control and fired all about, and the colonists returned fire.  When order was restored, eight Americans were dead, most killed while trying to flee.

At the same time, the Concord militia had assembled. Fighting broke out when a fire that the British troops had set to the Concord liberty pole spread to the courthouse.  Determined to protect their town, the militia began marching on the British.  When the militia drew near, the British fired.  In the ensuing exchange, three British soldiers were killed and several more were injured.  The British were forced back across North Bridge.  The entire battle took two or three minutes.”


Elwin Thrasher


We regret to report the death of long-time member Elwin Thrasher on March 12th of this year. Elwin joined the Tampa Chapter in Feb. 1986 and held continuous membership from that time forward. He served as newsletter editor from 1996 to 2001, and genealogist / registrar from 1997 to 2001. Due to failing health Elwin was not able to attend meetings in recent years but faithfully followed the chapter’s activities. He was 91.





Below is the tentative program schedule for the 2013 calendar year.  As always send along any suggestions for speakers.


April            ROTC Luncheon

May             Speaker Veterans Memorial Park and Museum

Sept.           TBA

Oct.             Law Enforcement; EMT; Fire Fighter Medal

Nov.             Joint meeting with C.A.R.
Dec.             Installation of Officers



Misc. Notes and reminders:


Chapter Website—always remember 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.


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