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Newsletter of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter of the Virginia SOciety of the Sons of the American Revolution, serving the Virginia Piedmont: Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock Counties
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* CMM Board of Managers Meeting, Saturday, 19 Aug, 09:00am, Pepper's Grill, Culpeper, VA.
* SAR Evening at the Ball Park - Norfolk Tides - Saturday, 19 Aug, 7:05pm, Harbor Park, Norfolk, VA.
* Battle of the Capes, Saturday, 9 Sep, 11:00am, Fort Story, VA.
* 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies, Monday, 11 Sep., 08:46am, Culpeper, VA
* Virginia SAR Semi-Annual Meeting, Friday & Saturday, 15-16 Sep, Marriott, Newport News, VA. Link to more information.
* NSSAR Fall Leadership & Trustees Meeting, 27 Sep - -1 Oct, Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY.
* Kings Mountain, 11:00am, Saturday, 07 Oct, Blacksburg, SC
* Point Pleasant Battle Days - Saturday & Sunday, 07-08 Oct, Point Pleasant, WV.
* Yorktown Victory Day, Thursday, 19 Oct, Yorktown National Military Park, Yorktown, VA.
* CMM Community Awards Meeting, 11:00am, Saturday, 21 Oct, Little Fork Church, Rixeyville, VA.
* Genealogy Workshop, 09:00am - 3:30pm, Saturday, 28 Oct, Warrenton Presbyterian Church, Warrenton, VA
* Virginia Memorial Service at Valley Forge, Sunday, 05 Nov, Valley Forge, PA.
* Veterans' Day - 11:00am, Saturday, 11 Nov, Culpeper National Cemetery.
* CMM Chapter Awards Meeting, 11:00am, Saturday, 18 Nov, Place TBD.
* Great Bridge, 11:00am, Saturday, 02 Dec, Chesapeake, VA.
* Annual Christmas Party, hosted by CMM/DAR, Saturday, 09 Dec, St. Stevens Church, Culpeper, VA.
We have meetings on the third Saturday of the month, with exceptions to avoid conflicts with other events, and do not hold local meetings in February, August, or September. One meeting a year, in April, is held at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA. Other monthly meetings are held at either Luigi's Restaurant in Culpeper, The Inn at Kelly's Ford, in Remington, VA; Poplar Springs Manor, in Casanova, VA, Inn at Willow Grove in Orange, VA, Little Fork Church in Rixeyville, and Fauquier Springs Country Club, in Warrenton, VA. Contact us if you would like to attend. (click on the underlined links for information about our venues).
14 Aug 2017 Culpeper, VA
Lon Lacey represented the CMM as the proposal for the Culpeper Minute Battalion Memorial was presented for final approval this evening at the Culpeper Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. The commission approved forwarding the proposal to the Culpeper City Council for final approval. Construction is anticipated to begin this Fall with completion and a dedication ceremony in the Spring of 2018.
The total cost of this project is estimated at $37,615, with the Virginia SAR Knight-Patty Fund providing $16,115. This approval came after over a year of work and planning by the City and the CMM Revolutionary War Walk Committee which Lon Lacey chairs. This memorial will be the centerpiece of the Revolutionary War Walk in Yowell Meadow Park. The first monument in this project, a memorial to Major Gabriel Long, was dedicated in 2015 (link to the report on that dedication here). Other monuments are planned at 2-3 year intervals.
01 Aug 2017 Sumerduck, VA
Marine Corporal Larry Bailey lost both legs below the knee and his left hand to the blast of an IED in Afghanistan six years ago. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to the Towers Foundation bought property of Larry's choice in Summerduck, VA and on that land built a specially designed home for Cpl Bailey and his family. That very special home was dedicated on August 1st and Cpl Bailey saw his new home for the first time.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to the Towers Foundation is named for New York Fireman Stephen Siller, who came in on his day off, donned his gear at his fire station, and was last seen entering the tunnel that led to the World Trade Center Towers. In his memory the foundation bearing his name is building special homes that meet the special needs of our warriors and first responders with serious injuries.
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter Color Guard was honored to participate in the dedication ceremony to present the colors for the National Anthem. Color Guard participants were Michael Dennis, Charles Jameson, Lon Lacey, and Bill Schwetke.
The chapter had a very active month of July. First was the Fourth of July Ceremony and parade.
The ceremony on the fourth of July at the Culpeper Courthouse yard was excellent and is a good chance for the public to see the face of the CMM/SAR. The day starts with the march from the depot to the courthouse, posting of the colors, introduction of political/public guests. The speaker was Benjamin Franklin, who I believe captivated the audience. Compatriot Jim Bayne read the Declaration of Independence. The finale was the musket fire, in coordination with the Blue Ridge Choral. The audience was invited to sign a copy of the Declaration of Independence.
A special thanks to Color Guard Commander Lon Lacey for all his work to make this ceremony a success. Lon sits on a town committee, a county committee and the 4th of July committee coordinating everything with the Culpeper Tourism Bureau and the Town of Culpeper.
The 4th of July parade started at 4:00 pm. The trailer was decorated with flags and banners and full of compatriots and their families. The float won the trophy for “Best Patriotic Display.”
A special Thanks to Jim Bayne and his daughter Melony for allowing us to use their trailer, and for storing the decorations, etc. when not in use.
We had a very good gathering for the chapter picnic at Mt Run Lake park. We had 20+ in attendance and lots of food.
Upcoming events are as follows:
August 19 – Board of Managers meeting 9:30 at Pepper’s Grill in Culpeper.
September 1 – First Friday in Warrenton
September 11 – Bugles Across America Patriot Day
September 15-18 VASSAR Semi-Annual – Alexandria
September 16 - Vigil at Washington’s Tomb – Mt. Vernon
October 6 – First Friday in Warrenton
October 7 – King’s Mountain Ceremony, Blacksburg SC
October 7-8 – Point Pleasant WV
October 21 – Community Award Meeting
October 19 – Yorktown
October 28 – DAR/SAR Genealogy Workshop
November 11 – Veteran’s Day – Culpeper National Cemetery
November 18 – Chapter Awards Meeting
December 2 – Great Bridge, Chesapeake, VA
December 9 – SAR/DAR Christmas Party – St. Stevens – Culpeper
Additional information will be forwarded as we get closer to the dates
24 Jul 2017 The Diamond, Richmond, VA
About 25 members of the Virginia SAR attended an Evening at the Ball Park to showcase the SAR to the public. This evening's event was organized and hosted by the Richmond Chapter, and members of five chapters participated: Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, Dan River, George Washington, and Richmond. The Virginia SAR Color Guard presented the colors for the National Anthem, the Virginia SAR was recognized on the scoreboard and by the announcer, SAR trifolds were passed out to interested men in the crowd, we had a great time, and the Flying Squirrels won in an exciting game! Next Saturday we will be at the Potomac Nationals' game in Woodbridge.
22 Jul 2017 Middletown, VA
The Colonel James Wood II Chapter hosted a Patriots' Pride Day at the Veterans' Memorial in Middletown, VA that drew a large crowd and several other patriotic organizations. Two CMM members participated in the Color Guard at this event, Historian Charles Jameson, and Registrar Bill Schwetke.
After the ceremony there were several demonstrations and exhibits, including a mock battle with Patriot, British, and Hessian re-enactors. Charles Jameson participated in the re-enactments. Jameson was also seen on local television, which can be seen on the Virginia Dispatches report on this event at: http://www.virginiasar.org/latest-news/patriots-pride-day-middletown-va
21 Jul 2017 Rappahannock County, VA
On Friday, July 21st, two members of the CMM and five members of the Fauquier Court House Chapter (FCHC) DAR planned and conducted a search for Revolutionary War Patriot graves in Rappahannock County. This project was conceived by FCHC Regent Cat Schwetke, and planned by CMM Graves Committee member Bill Schwetke. Larry Alexander was the second CMM member on the trip. A similar group had conducted a similar effort in Southern Fauquier last month and more hunts are planned.
On this day visits were planned to seven grave yards in which 10 Revolutionary War Patriots were buried according to Virginia SAR Grave Chairman Mike Lyman's recent book. Reports for each cemetery follow:
Major Corbin Cemetery - 396 View Town Road, Amissville, VA
Coordinates of cemetery: 38.652784, -78.023482. Owner lives at 396 Mountain View Road, Amissville, VA. Parking at that address. Access through owner’s property. Badly overgrown, some tombstones found, none for Patriots
Tapp-Griffin Cemetery, 140 Hinsons Ford Road, Amissville, VA
This cemetery was skipped because of the extra time used up gaining access at Major-Corbin and the anticipation of similar access issues.
Miller Cemetery, Mountain Green Lane, Washington, VA
The owner, Alexander Sharp, agreed to meet us and show us this cemetery. He also cleared the way through brush and grass with his tractor. The cemetery is slightly overgrown, but obviously cared for. Both patriot graves we sought were located.
Caledonia Farm-1812 Bed & Breakfast - 47 Dearing Road, Flint Hill, VA
The owner met us, pointed out the cemetery, gave us some interesting information about the cemetery, and one of his workers cleared a path through the grass for us.
The cemetery is very well maintained, with several field stones, but no marker for our patriot – a possible son of the patriot with 1812 marker at tombstone was found. Cemetery coordinates: 38.760756, -78.127628
Our next stop was the Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill for lunch.
Elijah Anderson Cemetery - 27 Shurgen Lane, Amissville, VA
Our first stop after lunch was at what we believed to be the Eijah Anderson Cemetery. We met with the son of the owner of the land, and he led us through three fields of hay to the cemetery, which, though beautiful, was not the correct cemetery. He gave us a good lead to follow up with on our next visit to this area.
This cemetery was easily accessed, and workers in the field nearby gave us the address of the owner of the land. The one grave we sought here was easily located in this obviously cared for cemetery.
A modern tombstone marked the grave of Private John Corder at 38.692158, -78.037308
Pierce Cemetery at Narmada Winery 43 Narmada Ln, Amissville, VA
The Pierce Cemetery is enclosed by a concrete wall on the grounds of the Narmada Winery. It is currently densely overgrown with an abundance of poison ivy. The owner and winery staff were very helpful, and promised to contact us when they had cleared the overgrowth after the grapes are harvested this Fall.
GPS coordinates of the cemetery are: 38.688886, -78.025927
The Narmada Winery had wine and cold water, from which we each took our choice to replenish ourselves and celebrate the successful location of 3 patriot graves. We also made plans for clean-up projects and grave markings.
15 Jul 2017 Mountain Run Lake Park
Today 22 of us, 14 CMM compatriots and 9 spouses, gathered at Mountain Run Lake Park for the Chapter's 2017 Picnic. The highlight of the picnic was the display of the trophy that our trailer won in the Culpeper Independence Day Parade as the best in category!
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