May 2021 Events

Uncategorized / Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

In May 2021, chapter representatives were active at the following activities (either in person or via Zoom):

  • May 1 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC
  • May 8 Boy Scout Troop 1996 service project to restore Maj. Simon Summers’ grave at Falls Church Episcopal (see photos below)
  • May 15 Ebenezer Baptist Church Monument Dedication in Bluemont, Loudoun Co
  • May 16 commemoration in Alamance County, NC, of its three 1781 Revolutionary Battles: Pyle’s Defeat, Clapp’s Mill and Lindley’s Mill, and the Pre-Revolutionary May 16, 1771 Battle of Alamance
  • May 22 Patriot Monument dedication at Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, VA
  • May 26 George Mason Chapter meeting
  • May 28 285th Anniversary of Patrick Henry’s Birthday at Red Hill, in Brookneal, VA

At the 26 May 2021 George Mason chapter meeting, invited speaker Christian McBurney gave an overview of his latest American Revolutionary War book, George Washington’s Nemesis:  The Outrageous Treason and Unfair Court Martial of Major General Charles Lee of the Revolutionary War (Savas Beatie, 2020).  In his book, Mr. McBurney takes the positions that Lee committed abject treason when he was a prisoner, but was also after his release unfairly maligned and convicted at a court-martial for failing to attack the enemy and making an unwarranted retreat at the Battle of Monmouth Court House, and argues that Lee actually did a good job that saved a large portion of the Continental Army.

Also at this meeting, President Ken Morris inducted new member John Harvin, Jr., and Ken and Secretary Tom Kiess recognized the recipients of these awards:

  • the SAR’s highest honor, the Minuteman Award (to Pete Davenport),
  • Eagle Scout Scholarship Award (to Felix Barth), and
  • Bronze Roger Sherman Medals (to Ralph Lewis, Gene Thomas, and Ken Morris).