Ohio Society SAR Represented at Guilford Courthouse for First Time
On Saturday, March 12th, three members of the Ohio Society SAR received a surprising acknowledgement from the North Carolina SAR when told they were the first compatriots from Ohio to formally take part in the annual Battle of Guilford Courthouse Commemoration.
Steve Frash, OHSSAR 2nd Vice President and President of the Marietta Chapter, presented a wreath on behalf of the Ohio Society. Bob Hill, Hocking Valley Chapter Treasurer / Historian, presented a wreath on behalf of his chapter, and Jeff Walt, member of the HVC, carried the chapter flag.
All three marched as part of the NSSAR Color Guard procession from the Battlefield Visitor’s Center to the ceremonial area in front of General Nathanial Greene’s monument. Compatriot Hill was dressed as his ancestor, George Hill, who served as a dragoon in Lee’s Legion and fought at Guilford Courthouse. The dark green dragoon’s uniform was noticed by National Color Guard Commander Mike Tomme, and Compatriot Hill was honored when asked to march up front with the National Color Guard. The honor was doubled when National Society President General Thomas Lawrence approached and shook Compatriot Hill’s hand and gave him a new president’s challenge coin commemorating the Boston Tea Party.
The ceremony received good coverage by the local media and was well-attended by the general public, many members of the SAR, DAR, CAR, the National Park Service, and members of the military. The temperature was a perfect 72 degrees and the threat of rain replaced with sunshine. A large fife and drum corps provided period music and re-enactors also attended the ceremony and later displayed a mock battle for the public.
The battle of Guilford Courthouse was fought on March 15, 1781 and was one of the critical battles of the American Revolution. The British forces under General Cornwallis held the field at the end of the day, but were so bloodied by the whole campaign that he retired his forces to the coast for resupply and made the fateful decision to abandon the Carolinas and march into Virginia, where he would surrender seven months later.
In the photo above, left to right, Compatriots Steve Frash, Bob Hill, and Jeff Walt stand in front of the General Greene Monument. Pictured below, the NSSAR Color Guard marches.