Bicentennial marker placed by Daughters of 1812
Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 12:01 am
The Trumpet Call was given by Eagle Scout Cameron Grady. The Color Guard was Franklin High School Jr. ROTC. The TN Volunteer Infantry, led by Jeff Brewer and men from Columbia gave a fire salute for the occasion.
The welcome was given by Honorary 2nd VP National and Honorary TN State President Aline Gray Roberts of Sharon.
The invocation was given by state chaplain Colleen Hankins Spears. The Pledge of Allegiance to USA flag was led by Linda Helton Tripp. The Salute to the Flag of 1812 was led by Honorary TN State President Joan Hill Hanks.
The Salute to the Flag of TN was led by Debra Maddox Wilson, state flag chairman. State Recording Secretary Olivia Bates Chandler, led the American’s Creed.
The National Anthem was sung by Park Ranger Daniel Kimes, who was in his 1812 uniform.
Lee Curtis, TN Department of Tourism of Franklin read a message from Gov. Bill Haslam.
Mrs. Roberts read a letter from President National N.S.U.S.D. Virginia Apyar.
Greetings were brought by National Society U.S.D. 1812 Honorary President National Shelby Dee Ward of Alabama and greetings were brought by Louisiana Honorary State President Frances Becton Jakes of Louisiana. TN State President Charlotte Miller alsobrought greetings.
Dr. Ken Moore, City of Franklin mayor, and Jack Walton, chair of the Williams County Commission, extended greetings.
Greg Snider, from the Leiper’s Fork community, brought greetings and asked all to come, eat and visit in the town stores after the program.
David Eagan, president of TN Society War of 1812, brought 1812 thoughts of today.
President of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association Tony L. Turnbow gave a tribute. He remarked, “Tennessee became known as the ‘Volunteer State’ during the War of 1812 when over 2,000 men answered the call for troops. Volunteer cavalry militia marched down the Natchez Trace in brutal winter conditions in January 1812 to help defend the Gulf Coast area against a threatened British attack. All 2,000 troops returned home in April 2012 led by General Andrew Jackson. On the return march, Jackson walked with his infantry all but 20 miles back to Tennessee. With food in short supply and disease spreading rapidly, soldiers died on the marches and were buried along the old Natchez Trace.
In 1814, detachments of soldiers again marched on the Trace to engage the Britishin the Battle of New Orleans. Over 5,000 Tennessee and Kentucky soldiers returned victorious from the 1815 battle. Towns along the Natchez Trace met returning soldiers with celebrations and illuminations, by placing candles in their windows. Jackson returned on the Trace in a carriage accompanied by his wife and son who had come to meet him. As Jackson neared Franklin, the citizens met and urged him to give a victory speech.
He summed up the war by stating, ‘Our rights will henceforth be respected.’ Sacrificing family and self, volunteer soldiers fought for country and freedom during the War of 1812, yet today lie on American soil in unmarked graves, forgotten.
The Tennessee U.S. Daughters of 1812 monument today will recognize the important role of the Natchez Trace in the War of 1812 and the soldiers who fought to establish American Independence.”
TN State Historical Landmarks Chairman Ruth Heizer gave recognition of the memorial site. State Third Vice President Miss Felicia Wilt unveiled the beautiful 1812 marker and read the words engraved in the stone.
Honorary Curator National and Honorary TN State President Bettie Parker Gustafson gave the dedication.
Cameron Sholly, superintendent of National Trace Parkway, accepted the marker. He said, “We are going to call this hillside site now – the 1812 Memorial site on the Natchez Trace Parkway.” How pleased the daughters were and surprised.
Page Miss Rachel Roberts, member of Tulip Grove Chapter, placed the 1812 wreath.
The benediction was given by Mrs. Spears. Jim Drury dressed in 1812 uniform, played “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes.
Published in The WCP 6.28.12