3-4 Oct 2015 Tu-Endie-Wei State park, WV
Here at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers, the bloody, day-long Battle of Point Pleasant was fought. On October 10, 1774, Colonel Andrew Lewis' 1,100 Virginia militiamen decisively defeated a like number of Indians lead by the Shawnee Chieftain Cornstalk. Considered a landmark in frontier history, some believed the battle to be the first of the American Revolution. This action broke the power of the ancient Americans in the Ohio Valley and quelled a general Indian war on the frontier. Significantly, it also prevented an alliance between the British and Indians, one which could very possibly have caused the Revolution to have a different outcome, altering the entire history of the U.S. In addition, the ensuing peace with the Indians enabled western Virginians to return across the Allegheny Mountains to aid Revolutionary forces.
from WV State Parks Official Site: http://www.tu-endie-weistatepark.com
The scheduled parade on Saturday afternoon was cancelled for rain, but the remaining activities, the Governor's Reception and the Colonial Ball, were held indoors and well attended. Sunday broke with clearing clouds, sunny skies, and crisp fall weather. That day began with an outdoors church service, an SAR Luncheon, then the Memorial Service at the Battle Monument. Most prominent participants were Lt. Col Russell McGuire, commander of the cavalry squadron assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Virginia National Guard, and that unit's color guard. The 116th Infantry Brigade is the lineal descendant of the Virginia Militia that fought at Point Pleasant, and whose lineage also includes the famed Stonewall Brigade of the War Between the States.
Lt. Col. McGuire, who is also the Commonwealth Attorney for Louisa County, and an SAR member, took home a display with several Culpeper Minutemen license plate applications to be shared with both the Virginia National Guard and Louisa County.