Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

March 2017



          Meeting announcements

          Revolution History note

          Additional Revolution History notes

          Essay Contest Update

          JROTC/ROTC Recognition

          Program Schedule

          Other Date of Interest

          Misc. reminders and information

          SAR newsletter column index


The March meeting of the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will held on Saturday, March 18 at our new meeting location, the Lewis Hill, III Boy Scouts of America Service Center 13228 North Central Avenue, Tampa, FL  33612 from 11:30-1:30.  The program for March will be an update on the new construction, renovations and innovations of the Panama Canal by Richard Wainio.  This is a follow up to Mr. Wanio's presentation to us in October, 2014, when he told of plans to expand and improve the canal.  Now he will tell us about the completed work.

The February meeting, amidst the confusion caused by the immediate closing of the Grille 116, went off very well due to the efforts of Charles and Victoria Klug.  The Boy Scout Center location was secured on very short notice (many thanks to the BSA), lunch was made available and a very good meeting was the result.  A few people showed up at Grille 116, but after a couple of telephone calls, they made it to the BSA Service Center.  Professor Tillson made an excellent presentation on Colonial Virginia.  Below is a picture our VP Goolsby presenting the SAR Certificate of Appreciation to the Professor.




Revolutionary History Note


This past January we started a three part series of newsletter columns about the South Carolina Liberty Trail - an effort to preserve and interpret several important revolutionary war sites pertaining to the southern campaign of 1779-1781.  We conclude the series with a look at the Battle of Hanging Rock. 

           Following the battle of Waxhaws (see last month’s column) the British began to set up outposts in the interior of S. Carolina to try and exert more control over the population. On August 6, approximately 800 men, commanded by Col. Thomas Sumter, attacked a British encampment along Hanging Rock Creek.  The dawn attack achieved some initial success. 



The Americans overran the British camp but the British quickly rallied and it became a nasty fire fight.  After three hours the Americans, running low on ammunition, withdrew, plundering the British camp as they departed.

          In many respects it was like most of the small battles and skirmishes in the south during 1780-1781.  The battle did not result in victory, but, as with many of the other small battles and skirmishes it had the effect of slowly weakening the British forces which, in the end, is what forced Cornwallis to Yorktown and the end of the war.

          There are still 450 acres in and around the battle site that can be preserved.  The immediate goal is to secure preservation protection for the 122 most crucial acres.  When the acreage is secured, an interpretive center or, at minimum, interpretive signs will be placed at the site.  And, unlike Waxhaws, the interpretation of this site should be straight forward and non-controversial.

          Next month, being ROTC month, we’ll look at another one of the overlooked or less famous officers of the American forces.



Additional Revolutionary History Notes

1) If you have been to Yorktown in the past, you no doubt visited the Yorktown Victory Center - the museum on the battlefield that interpreted the event and had various displays about the battle. It has been re-done and the new improved museum and interpretation center is set to open this month.  In addition to displays about Yorktown, it will also include an overall view of the war.  If anyone gets up that way, this spring or summer, send us your impressions of the new center and we’ll share it with the membership.


2) Several members have asked for an index of these columns so they can go back and re-read certain ones.  I have put an index together and included it at the bottom of the newsletter.  Soon it will be up on the website as well.


Essay contest update 

The Tampa Chapter entrant came in 4th in the state competition.  There were two that stood out and were awarded 1st and 2nd place.  Then there were three that were judged to be relatively similar in all of the categories that are used by the judges.  The tie was broken based on difficulty of subject which left our girl 4th.  We hope to arrange for her to be at our May meeting.


JROTC/ROTC Recognition

Committee Chair Compatriot Terry Doan reports that invitations to participate have been sent to all the high school and college units in our area and we expect no less participation than we had in 2016.  Medals and certificates are available.  Terry was unable to attend the February meeting, and advised that the JROTC units will have their awards ceremony in full swing in March and April.  He will need volunteer compatriots to attend those ceremonies to make the medal presentations.  If you have never done this before, consider doing it this year.  It does take some of your time for a 60 second presentation, but it is a rewarding experience and you meet some great young people.


Tampa Chapter Meeting Schedule

April 15 - JROTC recognition: Boy Scout Annex

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

                             Boy Scout Annex 


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

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

                             (registration form not yet available)

August 20 - tentative FLSSAR Regional Meeting

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


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


























      SAR newsletter column index



Summer            July 2nd explanation

Sept.                John Paul Jones—naval war



Jan.                  Tom Paine

April                 Textbook versions of Lexington and    Concord



Feb.                  French alliance

March               Clinton in New York

May                  LafayetteBattle of Barren Hill

Sept.                Battle of / Massacre at Paoli

Oct.                  Battle of Point Pleasant

Nov.                  Gen. Wm. Alexander



Jan.                  Cowpens

Feb.                  Moore’s Creek

March               Lord North

April                 Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill

Sept.                Review of 3 books on Constitution

Nov.                  Gen. Clinton

Dec                  Two snapshots  (fall 1776 and fall 1778)



Jan                   George Roger’s Clark part 1

Feb                   George Roger’s Clark part 2

March               naval war—Battle of Nassau

April                 Washington’s engineer: Louis Duportail

May                  Battle of Thomas Creek

Sept.                What is a constitution

Oct.                  John Dickinson part 1

Nov                  John Dickinson part 2

Dec                  Christmas in the colonies



Jan                   Liberty Trail part 1

Feb                   Liberty Trail part 2

Mar                  Liberty Trail part 3