Craig presents American Revolution, War of 1812 program at DAR meeting
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 8:00 pm
The Messenger 06.12.13
The Jacob Flournoy Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met for its regular annual luncheon at the Keg Restaurant in Fulton.
Hostesses were Agnes Sublette and Ellen Petty. Fresh spring bouquets and large white ball candles in crystal candle holders adorned the white linen-covered tables.
Regent Sallie Ferguson called the meeting to order. Chaplain Agnes Sublette led the DAR ritual, which was followed by program leader Ann Freeman’s directing members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, the American’s Creed, the Daughter’s Pledge and the Preamble to the Constitution. Ramona Moon led those attending in the singing of the national anthem.
Guests included Millie Hiter, Kentucky Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution organizing secretary, and Cindy Byrd, KSDAR District I director. Other guests were Dr. Tom Hiter, Sally Ivey, Don and Joan Livingston, Dan Voegeli, Marda Pate and Sandra Lusk.
Mrs. Ferguson recognized returning member Janet Gossum.
Chapter members welcomed Fran Yarbro McPeake and Velva Trusty Yarbro, who transferred DAR membership to the Jacob Flournoy chapter.
Ms. Freeman introduced Berry Craig, who presented a very interesting and entertaining program on the American Revolution, especially the portion of the war relative to the State of Kentucky. Craig remarked there were no major battles in Kentucky, an area which was part of Virginia until it achieved statehood in 1792.
The most famous regiment in Kentucky was led by Vermont’s Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys. Very few settlements were in Kentucky in 1774. Those that were included Harrodsburg and Boonesborough.
George Rogers Clark organized an army at Corn Island (now Louisville). The name of the island came from Clark’s having his men plant corn and vegetables so there would be food when they returned from battle. Allen’s militia came down the Ohio past Paducah to Massac Creek, where they stole a cannon and began an overland march to Kaskaskia. Clark’s ultimate objective was to take Detroit, but Virginia supplied neither money nor men to aid in that endeavor.
Turning his attention to the War of 1812, Berry said The Commonwealth of Kentucky played a pivotal role in the War of 1812. Making up 21⁄2 regiments in the expanding regular army before the end of 1812, Kentuckians had an important part on the western front in America’s second war for independence. By the end of the war, approximately 25,705 Kentucky men had served as regulars, volunteers or militiamen. Of the 1,876 Americans killed during the war, about 1,200 were Kentuckians, even though the state had never suffered an invasion.
One interesting tidbit of the war was the belief that Col. Richard Mentor Johnson killed Tecumseh at the Battle of Thames in Canada. It is not known who really killed Tecumseh, but Johnson’s slogan for the vice presidential race in 1836 was “Rumpsey dumpsey, rumpsey dumpsey, Colonel Johnson killed Tecumseh.” In 1837, the Kentucky Democrat was elected vice president by the U.S. Senate because no candidate received a majority of the electoral votes. This marks the only time a U.S. vice president was so chosen.
After thanking the presenter, hostesses and program leader, the regent adjourned the business portion of the meeting and attendees enjoyed a buffet luncheon.
The next meeting will be Sept. 12 at the Carr Street Community Center.