Welcome to the Mecklenburg SAR

The Mecklenburg Chapter, North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution, is located in historic Charlotte, NC. The Revolutionary War marched through the middle of Charlotte and our area is rich in history, memory, and documented Patriot ancestry.

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History. Ancestry. Family. 86 years.

The Mecklenburg Chapter was chartered on April 27, 1928 as a chapter of the State of North Carolina Society of the sons of the American Revolution.

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The Mecklenburg Chapter of the SAR.

Celebrants of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph for the men who achieved the independence for the American people.

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The Mecklenburg Chapter was chartered on April 27, 1928 as a chapter in the State of North Carolina Society of the sons of the American Revolution.

Charlotte is a Hornet's nest of rebellion.

- British General Cornwallis after he was driven out of the city by hostile residents.

The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was signed on May 20, 1775, making Mecklenburg County the first part of the Thirteen Colonies to declare independence from Great Britain.

July 26, 2014 - Mecklenburg Members Attend Schlup Ceremony

Several members of our Mecklenburg chapter participated in the grave marking ceremony for Patriot Conrad Schlup held at the Savitz United German Church Cemetery in China Grove, NC. Conrad Schlup is the father of the Sloop Family in North Carolina. The Salisbury chapter, NCSSAR, sponsored the event. Mecklenburg chapter members Ray Maxson, Dave Alls and Ken Luckey attended the grave marking and participated in the Color Guard. In the photo below, all three Mecklenburg chapter members participate in the ceremony.

Mecklenburg chapter members participated in the Patriot Conrad Schlup grave marking in China Grove, NC on July 26 2014.

July 20-23, 2014 - Mecklenburg Attends SAR National Congress

Several members of our Mecklenburg chapter attended the SAR National Congress held in Greenville, SC. Attending from our chapter included Ray Maxson, Robin Lattimore, Ken Luckey, Tim Berly, Paul Callanan, Jim Wood, Jim Prosser, Jay Joyce and Tony Zeiss. In the photo below, members of our chapter participated with the NCSSAR Color Guard to march in the parade to the Memorial Service held on Sunday, July 20th.

Mecklenburg chapter NCSSAR members participate in the Memorial Service parade at the SAR National Congress in Greenville, SC on July 20-24 2014.

July 16, 2014 - Summer Social Chapter Lunch in Dilworth

Our July social chapter lunch was held today at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille. Everybody enjoyed the conversation, food and time for getting to know more about our members. The next summer social chapter lunch is August 13 at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille. Please RSVP with Jay Joyce at jay@mecklenburgsar.org. The August 13 lunch will be our last lunch of the summer (believe it or not!)

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter gather for the July 16 social lunch at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille in Charlotte.

July 12, 2014 - 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Colson's Mill

The Colson's Mill chapter hosted the 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Colson's Mill today in Norwood, NC. The largest crowd to date gathered to honor the history, men and women of this famous Revolutionary War battle, including representatives from the SAR, DAR, SR and civic organizations.

Mecklenburg chapter member Tony Zeiss portrays Revolutionary War hero Thomas Young during the 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Colson's Mill in Norwood, NC on July 12, 2014.

Special guest speaker Dr. Tony Zeiss (above in photo), member of our Mecklenburg chapter, portrayed his famous Revolutionary War figure, 16-year-old Thomas Young, from his award-winning novel, Backcountry Fury. Our Mecklenburg chapter members Ken Luckey, Dave Alls, Gus Succop, Tony Zeiss, Tim Berly, Doyle Campbell, and Jay Joyce participated in the Color Guard.

June 21, 2014 - 234th Anniversary of Ramsour's Mill

The 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill was held today in Lincolnton, NC. Chapters from around NC and SC were represented, along with DAR and local civic organizations. Our Mecklenburg chapter members Neil Hohmann, Ken Luckey, Jim Wood, Dave Alls, Tim Berly, Doyle Campbell, Ray Maxson and Jay Joyce participated in the Color Guard.

The Mecklenburg chapter NCSSAR participates in the 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill in Lincolngton, NC on June 21, 2014.

The Battle of Ramsour's Mill (June 20, 1780) was a fight involving neighbors, not regular army troops on either side. The battle itself claimed between a hundred and a hundred fifty lives, about the same number on each side. More than a hundred more were wounded. Some of those who fought at Ramsour's Mill and survived would die at Kings Mountain, some would nearly starve to death in the ensuing months because of a lack of supplies.

June 14, 2014 - Revolutionary War Patriot Receives Honors

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter participated with The Battle of Kings Mountain chapter as they sponsored their first Patriot grave marking ceremony for William Patterson at the historic Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Grover, NC. Members from the NCSSAR, the SCSSAR, regional DAR chapters and Post 243 American Legion from Bessemer City participated in the event. A 21-gun salute and "Taps" were provided by Post 243 American Legion. Participating members from the Mecklenburg chapter included Tim Berly, Ray Maxson, Ken Luckey and Jay Joyce.

(In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter secretary and Western NC Color Guard Adjutant Ken Luckey commands the combined Color Guard.)

Mecklenburg chapter secretary and Western NC Color Guard Adjutant Ken Luckey commands the combined Color Guard

(In the photo below, past chapter president Ray Maxson renders honors.)

past chapter president Ray Maxson renders honors

May 20, 2014 - "Meck Dec" Debuts at Charlotte Knight's Game

The annual celebration of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence extended beyond Trade and Tryon Streets this year. "Our Mecklenburg chapter joined the May 20th Society to bring the Meck Dec day ceremonies to the pre-game show in the new Charlotte Knight's stadium," said Mecklenburg chapter president Jay Joyce. (In the photo below, our Color Guard waits in the shadows of the 3rd base tunnel to enter the field.)

Mecklenburg SAR chapter Color Guard members wait to enter the Knight's stadium before the game on May 20 2014.

The pre-game show included a produced movie about Captain Jack and the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, a patriotic marching onto the field from our chapter Color Guard and May 20th Society reenactors, musket firings, a reading of the Mecklenburg Declaration and a cannon firing.

The Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard participates in the Charlotte Knight's salute to Meck Dec Day on May 20 2014.

Participating from the Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard included Jim Wood, Tim Berly, Neil Hohmann, Ray Maxson, Tom Phlegar and Jay Joyce. Earlier in the day, the traditional Meck Dec ceremony was held on Trade & Tryon Streets and our participating members included Jim Wood, Tim Berly, Ray Maxson and Dave Alls.

May 17, 2014 - Jim Wood Receives Patriot Medal at Patriot's Day

The 18th Annual Patriot's Day was held today at the Alamance Battleground Park and sponsored by the Alamance Battleground chapter. A surprise part of the day's ceremony was the awarding of the SAR Patriot Medal to our own Jim Wood! (In the photo below, current NCSSAR State President Ken Wilson, on left, presents Jim Wood with the Patriot Medal.)

Mecklenburg past president Jim Wood receives the SAR Patriot Medal from NCSSAR president Ken Wilson on May 17 2014.

"The Patriot Medal is awarded only by a state society and it is the highest award given for service at the state or chapter level," said Mecklenburg past president and current NCSSAR Sr. Vice President Tim Berly. "This medal is presented only to individuals and represents long, faithful and outstanding service at the state and/or chapter level to the SAR."

We congratulate Jim on his fantastic service to our chapter and state!

May 16, 2014 - JROTC Medals & Scholarship Awarded

As part of our chapter's dedication to presenting JROTC medals and an annual JROTC Outstanding Cadet scholarship, we attended the promotion awards ceremony today at the Military & Global Leadership Academy in Charlotte.

"Each year we attend this awards ceremony to honor 8th grade and high school JROTC cadets," said chapter president Jay Joyce. "We were lucky enough this year that our chapter's Outstanding JROTC Cadet Scholarship attends the academy so we could present the medal in person with the cadet's family and school watching."

In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter president Jay Joyce has presented the SAR JROTC Bronze medal and certificate for outstanding academic and community achievements to Cadet Nathaniel Vang. Nathaniel's parents joined the presentation.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter president Jay Joyce presents the SAR JROTC Bronze Medal and Certificate to Cadet Nathaniel Vang at the Military & Global Leadership Academy in Charlotte, NC on 16 May 2014.

In the photo below, the Mecklenburg chapter's 2013-14 SAR Outstanding JROTC Medal and Scholarship was then presented to Cadet Caroline Tello. She was joined by her parents for the medal and $250 scholarship award presented annually by the Mecklenburg chapter.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter president Jay Joyce presents the chapter's 2013-14 Outstanding JROTC Cadet Scholarship and Medal to Cadet Caroline Tello of the Military & Global Leadership Academy in Charlotte, NC, on 16 May 2014.

May 15, 2014 - WWII, New Members & Awards at Meeting

Our spring membership meeting was held tonight at the Hilton Executive Park hotel in Charlotte with 58 members and guests in attendance, despite the soaking rain.

Following dinner and fellowship, new member Fred Alls was inducted by chapter president Jay Joyce (in photo below) as Fred's son, current chapter Color Guard Commander Dave Alls, assisted in the ceremony.

New Mecklenburg SAR chapter member Fred Alls receives his SAR membership on May 15 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

Four chapter members were then honored with the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal for their continued community service through various civic and community organizations. In the photo below, Jay Joyce, at left, presents the medal and certificate to Neil Hohmann, Ken Luckey, Dave Alls and Bill Anderson.

Members of the Mecklenburg SAR chapter receive the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal on May 15 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

The night's feature presentation was delivered by 20-year SAR member and WWII veteran Tom Burgess. Tom's presentation shared many photos from his collection of service in Germany as he and his Third Army Division moved across Europe. "I was 17 years old and part of the 87th Infantry Division fighting in France and Belgium, then eventually crossing into Germany," said Burgess. "My unit was one of the first to arrive in the town of Plauen, which was nearly destroyed by bombs." Tom served as an Infantryman fighting in the "Battle of the Bulge" and others.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter member and WWII veteran Tom Burgess addresses the membership meeting on May 15 2014 in Charlotte.

Tom served with the "Golden Acorn" division stationed at Fort Benning during World War II and was the first Infantry division to be decommissioned after the war.

Also honored and semi "roasted" was Paul and Keitha Callanan (in photos below). Paul received greetings from fellow chapter members in the form of throwback jokes from the likes of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts from the 1970's! Both Keitha and Paul took time to thank chapter members and to encourage members to get more involved with the SAR to make lifelong friends and memories. Paul and Keitha are moving to Michigan in June to begin a new chapter in their lives. We wish them well and will see them at SAR events.

Mecklenburg SAR Ladies Auxiliary member Keitha Callanan receives retirement honors on May 15 2014.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter member Paul Callanan thanks chapter members for his retirement honors on May 15 2014.

May 10, 2014 - Patriot Lewis Jetton Grave Marking

Our Mecklenburg chapter co-sponsored a Patriot grave marking with the Mecklenburg Chapter, DAR, for Lewis Jetton today at the Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC. Patriot Jetton (1749-1826) is reported to have fired the first shot at the Battle of Cowan's Ford held in January 1781.

The Mecklenburg chapter DAR and the Mecklenburg chapter SAR sponsored a Patriot grave marking for Lewis Jetton on May 10 2014.

"Working with Regent Miriam Smith of the Mecklenburg chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, is a real privilege for our chapter," said Mecklenburg SAR chapter president Jay Joyce. "The DAR grave marking service is a wonderful blending of patriotic, religious and musical tribute."

Mecklenburg chapter DAR Regent Miriam Smith unveiled the DAR marker while Mecklenburg chapter SAR secretary Ken Luckey (below in photo) unveiled the SAR marker.

Mecklenburg chapter secretary Ken Luckey unveils the SAR grave marker for Patriot Lewis Jetton on May 10 2014.

Representing our Mecklenburg SAR chapter at the grave marking were Ken Luckey, Neal Hohmann, Ray Maxson, Paul Callanan, Jim Wood, Tim Berly and Jay Joyce. "Ken Luckey organized all of the SAR and Color Guard participation on behalf of our chapter," added Joyce. "We are already talking with the DAR to co-sponsor more grave markings and community events around our region."

May 8, 2014 - Chapter Members Attend "Colonial Gem"

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter participated in the "Colonial Gem" held at the Charlotte Museum of History. Approximately 300 community leaders and community organization members attended the awareness and fund raising event. (In the photo below, chapter member Tom Phlegar plucks the banjo to some colonial music while Jim Prosser and Ken Luckey stand next to the statue of Alexander Hezekiah.)

Mecklenburg chapter members attend the Colonial Gem at the Charlotte Museum of History on May 8 2014.

Jim Prosser, Jay Joyce, Pete Hubicki, Gus Succop, Charlie Succop, Tom Phlegar, Ken Luckey, Neil Hohmann and Mike Cathey represented the SAR and the Mecklenburg chapter. In the photo below, members gather to enjoy hand-crafted beer made from the stream water that flows on the Hezekiah Alexander property.

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter were in attendance for the Colonial Gem at the Charlotte Museum of History held on May 8 2014.

April 26, 2014 - North Carolina Annual State Convention

The annual NCSSAR state convention was held in Fayetteville, NC, this weekend. Members attending from our Mecklenburg chapter included Neil Hohmann, Paul Callanan, Tim Berly, Ray Maxson, Jim Wood, Ken Luckey, Jim Prosser and Jay Joyce. (In the photo below, NCSSAR state president and Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Wood prepares to pass his command to incoming president Ken Wilson.)

NCSSAR president Jim Wood prepares to pass his presidency to incoming president Ken Wilson on April 26 2014.

"The le Marquis de Lafayette chapter hosted this year's annual conference and they did an outstanding job for all of the attendees," said Jay Joyce, Mecklenburg chapter president. "The meeting and dining rooms were comfortable, large and featured some of the best audio visual presentations of any convention."

The workshops on Saturday featured topics like, "What a Chapter Secretary Needs to Know," "Being a Good Chapter President," and, "Helping New Members with Genealogy and SAR Application Assistance." (In the top photo, Ray and Helen Maxson enjoy the formal dinner festivities, and in the bottom photo, Paul and Keitha Callanan smile for the camera.)

Ray and Helen Maxson at the NCSSAR annual convention April 26 2014 in Fayetteville, NC.

Paul and Keitha Callanan enjoy the NCSSAR annual convention in Fayetteville, NC on April 26, 2014.

Saturday night was the formal awards presentation for the previous year's chapter and individual achievements. "Mecklenburg chapter won several awards including the 95% Member Retention Award, the Americanism Report Completion Award, the Large Chapter Membership Growth Award, and the Most Flag Certificates Presented Award," said Joyce. "In addition, several of our members earned individual achievement awards for their service to the chapter, state and SAR national levels."

April 12-13, 2014 - Chapter Holds Genealogy with Scottish

The Mecklenburg chapter participated in the 21st Scottish Festival at Rural Hill, NC, with a genealogy "tent" open to any visitor who wanted to document their ancestry for application into the SAR. (In the photo below, our chapter genealogy tent is prepared to greet the thousands of festival visitors.)

The Mecklenburg chapter opened a genealogy tent during the 21st annual Scottish Festival at Rural Hill, NC on April 12-13 2014.

"Over the two days we spoke with hundreds of people who stopped by our tent inquiring about documenting their ancestry and how to pull all of the research together to possibly join the SAR," said Jay Joyce, Mecklenburg chapter president. "Out of all of those conversations, we have approximately 25 solid applicants who know their connections to Revolutionary War Patriots and are interested in pursuing the SAR application." (In the photo below, chapter members Ken Luckey, on left, and Jay Joyce, on right, talk with a prospective new SAR member who is interested in documenting his links to his Patriot ancestor."

Mecklenburg chapter members Ken Luckey and Jay Joyce visit with a prospective new SAR member during the genealogy workshop on April 12-13 2014 at Rural Hill, NC.

"This was our first year participating with the Scottish Festival," added Ken Luckey, Mecklenburg chapter secretary. "Outside of Scotland, North Carolina is the largest geographic area of Scottish settlers with enormous ties to fighting for American independence in the Revolutionary War. This was a very successful genealogy workshop and we have already committed to participate again next year."

March 16, 2014 - Forgotten Patriots of Color are Honored

The NCSSAR hosted a ceremony honoring fourteen Forgotten Revolutionary War Patriots of the North Harlowe community by dedicating a memorial marker at the Harlowe-Havelock Senior Center in Havelock, NC. Families of Free Persons of Color before the American Revolution populated the Harlowe communities of Craven and Carteret Counties. Read a newspaper article with full details here. (In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter member Paul Callanan, on right, commands the Color Guard during the ceremony for the 14 Forgotten Patriots of Color in Havelock, NC.)

Mecklenburg chapter member Paul Callanan commands the Color Guard during the ceremony for the 14 Forgotten Patriots of Color in Havelock, NC on March 16, 2014.

“These families furnished at least fourteen of their men to fight for the cause of Liberty throughout the Revolution,” said NCSSAR President Jim Wood. “They fought from the battles around New York and New Jersey in the early part of the War, through Valley Forge, where the American Army was truly born, the battles in Pennsylvania, both sieges of Charleston, and the battles of the Southern Campaigns that ended the War.” (In the photo below, NCSSAR President and Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Wood, on right, poses with SAR President General Joseph Dooley, on left, and a descendant of one of the Forgotten Patriots in front of the granite monument listing the 14 Patriot's names.)

NCSSAR President and Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Wood, on right, poses with SAR President General Joseph Dooley, on left, and a descendant of one of the Forgotten Patriots on March 16 2014 in Havelock, NC.

The Patriots that were honored represented these small groups of families. Various members of this group of Patriots fought in some of the key battles of the Revolution and some manned the garrison at Fort Hancock at Cape Lookout, the only fort constructed in North Carolina during the Revolution. Descendants and family members were present. And SAR President General Joseph Dooley addressed the gathering. A granite monument was unveiled containing the names of the 14 Forgotten Patriots.

March 15, 2014 - 233rd Anniversary of Guilford Courthouse

The 233rd anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse was held today in Greensboro, NC, at the Guilford Courthouse National Battlefield Park. (In the photo below, NCSSAR President and Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Wood walks alone to his post to address the event.)

NCSSAR President Jim Wood walks alone to his post for the 233rd anniversary of the Battle of Guilford's Courthouse on March 15 2014 in Greensboro, NC.

"We had several hundred SAR, DAR, SR and Revolutionary War reenactors participate in the main ceremony and program," said chapter president Jay Joyce. "Our SAR President General, Joseph Dooley, delivered an exciting talk about Generals Cornwallis and Greene and their personal accounts of the battle, which turned out to be quite different from each other!"

(In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter secretary Ken Luckey, on left, talks with NCSSAR Color Guard Commander Dick Bishop about the fine details of managing a Color Guard.)

Mecklenburg chapter member Ken Luckey, on left, talks with NCSSAR Color Guard Commander Dick Bishop during the 233rd anniversary of the Battle of Guilford's Courthouse on March 15 2014 in Greensboro, NC.

February 20, 2014 - President's Day Community Dinner a Success

Our chapter's second annual President's Day Community Dinner was held tonight with an excited audience of 170 people. "The large majority of the 170 audience members were non-SAR members of all ages," said Tom Phlegar, chapter programming chairman. "We had 8-year-old Cub Scouts, college-aged youth and adults of all ages in attendance to enjoy a wonderful evening of early American history, dinner and community spirit." (In the photo below, two young Wolf rank scouts chat with Mr. Washington before dinner.)

George Washington talks with two young Cub Scouts at the annual President's Day Community Dinner during the Mecklenburg chapter's meeting on February 20, 2014 in Charlotte.

The Hilton Executive Hotel main ballroom was beautifully decorated and adorned with patriotic bunting and candles. During dinner service, a strolling violinist entertained each table with violin music from the Revolutionary War era. "The past two years we have had the violinist as an added feature and people really enjoy her music as it sets the mood for our guest speaker," added Phlegar.

Following dinner, George Washington took the stage for the evening's main feature. Mr. Washington spoke of his youth, his service in the guard at any early age, his service as commanding general during the Revolutionary War, and his eventual service as our nation's first president of the United States. (In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter member Ray Killian talks with George Washington following dinner."

Chapter member Ray Killian talks with George Washington during the President's Day Community Dinner at the Mecklenburg chapter meeting on February 20 2014 in Charlotte.

"Professional historic actor Kevin Grantz portrayed Mr. Washington and he was absolutely brilliant," said Phlegar. "His portrayal of Washington remained in character from the very moment we introduced him until the last guest had left after the event."

The purpose of the annual President's Day Community Dinner is for our chapter to sponsor a public event to help maintain presence for the people, events and history of the Revolutionary War. "This is a large undertaking each year, but we touch members of our community that we otherwise would not reach, and we hope that attendees will spread the word about this vitally-important Era of history to our nation," added Phlegar.

Next year's guest is tentatively planned as either Patrick Henry or Benjamin Franklin. (In the photo below, from left to right, Jim Wood, NCSSAR president, Mr. George Washington, Allen Bosbyshell, Tim Berly, NCSSAR Eagle Scout Scholarship program chairman, and William Bosbyshell pose for a photo following Allen's acceptance of the $1,000 in SAR scholarship awards.)

Mecklenburg Troop 1 member Allen Bosbyshell receives the SAR Eagle Scout scholarship during the Mecklenburg chapter meeting on February 20 2014 in Charlotte.

"We also presented our chapter and North Carolina state SAR Eagle Scout scholarship award to Allen Bosbyshell of Troop 1 in Mecklenburg County," said Phlegar. "Allen won our chapter scholarship award of $250 and our North Carolina state society award of $750. We award the SAR Eagle Scout scholarship each year during the President's Day Community Dinner program."

February 10, 2014 - George Washington in Charlotte February 20

Our nation's first President of the United States, George Washington, will be our guest thisThe Mecklenburg chapter NCSSAR presents George Washington on February 20 2014 at 6:00pm at the Hilton Executive Park hotel in Charlotte. year at our chapter's annual President's Day Community Dinner beginning at 6:00pm on February 20, 2014, at the Hilton Executive Park Hotel in Charlotte! Tickets are $26 per person. All ages and audiences are invited. Buy your tickets here!

"The honor of having President Washington host a dinner for 260 guests and hear his stories and accounts of serving as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, serving as the founding father of our nation, and serving as our country’s first president of the united states is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity"” says Tom Phlegar, program chairman, Mecklenburg chapter. "President Washington’s interaction with the audience and his amazing ability to recount his role in numerous historical events from a first-person point of view will delight, inform and entertain everybody in attendance." Read more here.

Buy your tickets online here!

February 1, 2014 - Cowan's Ford Marks 233rd Anniversary

The Mecklenburg chapter sponsored the 233rd Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford at Hopewell Presbyterian in Huntersville, NC. Representatives from the SAR, DAR, SR, Children of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of XVIII Century and descendants of General William Lee Davidson participated in the day's ceremonies. (in the photo below, NCSSAR state president Jim Wood, at podium, addresses the 100+ in attendance.)

The Mecklenburg chapter sponsored the 233rd Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford in Huntersville, NC on February 1, 2014.

Central Piedmont Community College president and Mecklenburg chapter member Dr. Tony Zeiss delivered the day's presentation on the life of General William Lee Davidson and his ultimate death at the Battle of Cowan's Ford. (In the photo below, Mecklenburg Color Guard Commander Dave Alls renders honors at the grave site of General William Lee Davidson during the Cowan's Ford ceremonies.)

Mecklenburg chapter color guard commander Dave Alls participates in the grave marking ceremonies during the 233rd anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford on February 1 2014 in Huntersville, NC.

January 18, 2014 - Chapter Members Attend Cowpens Anniversary

Compatriots from across the country and from our Mecklenburg chapter attended the 233rd Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens during frigid 25-degree temperatures and brisk winds. SAR President General Joseph Dooley was in attendance and delivered the keynote address before a crowd of several hundred spectators.

Mecklenburg chapter members Jim Wood, Dave Alls, Ray Maxson, Ken Luckey, Neil Hohmann, Tom Phlegar and Jay Joyce participated in the Color Guard. In the photo below, chapter member Neil Hohmann carries the Hornets Nest flag in the ceremonial Color Guard.

Mecklenburg chapter member Neil Hohmann carries the Hornets Nest flag in the SAR Color Guard at the 233rd Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens on January 18, 2014.

In the photos below, Mecklenburg chapter Color Guard Commander David Alls (in left photo) sports an authentic version of a Militia-style uniform as he moves forward with the Color Guard. In the photo on the right, chapter member and NCSSAR President Jim Wood, on left, poses with SAR President General Joseph Dooley during the ceremony.

Mecklenburg Chapter Color Guard Commander David Alls joins the SAR Color Guard at the 233rd Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens on January 18, 2014. Mecklenburg chapter member and NCSSAR President Jim Wood poses with SAR President General Joseph Dooley during the 233rd Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens on January 18, 2014.

December 30, 2013 - New SAR Members & Medals Presented

During the November 21st chapter membership meeting, we had two new members receive their membership oath from NCSSAR state president Jim Wood. In addition, we honored two chapter member's wives with one of the most prestigious SAR awards that can be presented to a chapter officer's wife.

Mecklenburg chapter new members Carl Burchette and Lesley Bush are installed as new SAR members by NCSSAR president Jim Wood on November 21, 2013 in Charlotte, NC.

In the photo above, new Mecklenburg chapter members Carl Burchette, on left, and Lesley Bush, in middle, are inducted as new SAR members by NCSSAR state president Jim Wood, on right.

Mecklenburg chapter president Jim Wood and past president Paul Callanan presented the SAR's Lydia Darragh Medal to their wives, Shelia Wood and Keitha Callanan, during the chapter meeting in Charlotte on November 21, 2013.

Jim Wood and past chapter president Paul Callanan presented the SAR's Lydia Darragh Medal to Shelia Wood, at left in above photo, and Keitha Callanan, at right in above photo. The Lydia Darragh Medal is given to recognize the Lady that the chapter or State president determines to have been the most helpful to him during his tenure in the progressive line. The particular lady must have been involved for a minimum of three years. Lydia Darragh (1729 – December 28, 1789) was an American woman said to have crossed British lines during the British occupation of Philadelphia during the American Revolutionary War, delivering information to George Washington and the Continental Army that warned them of a pending British attack.

December 16, 2013 - SAR Medal Awarded to CMPD Officer

Mecklenburg chapter president Jay Joyce presented the SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal this morning to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Reginald Gilmore (on left in below photo). Officer Gilmore is a 17-year veteran with CMPD and currently is serving as a community policing officer with the North Tryon Division.

Mecklenburg chapter president Jay Joyce, on right, presents the SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to CMPD Officer Reginald Gilmore, on left, at CMPD Headquarters in Charlotte on December 16, 2013.

"His nickname in the communities that he serves is 'Officer Friendly,' due to the types of interactions he has with citizens, especially the youth," said Joyce. "Officer Gilmore is currently a volunteer coach for the PAL soccer league and he has been a coach for PAL basketball teams where he has mentored many youth. In addition, Officer Gilmore volunteers for reading programs at division schools where he spends time reading to elementary students."

December 10, 2013 - Member Receives SAR WWII Certificate

NCSSAR president and Mecklenburg chapter past president Jim Wood surprised a member of the Mecklenburg chapter today by appearing at the Charlotte Rotary Club meeting to present an award.

President Wood presented Ray Killian, Sr. with his SAR War Service Medal for Killian's service in World War II. In the photo below, Jim Wood, on left, presents the certificate to Ray Killian, Sr., on right.

NCSSAR president Jim Wood presented Mecklenburg chapter member Ray Killian, Sr. with his SAR War Service Medal for Killian's service in World War II.

December 10, 2013 - Mecklenburg Law Enforcement Award

The Mecklenburg chapter presented the SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Award to a member of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's office today. Field Training Officer Adam Goodman, a member of the Sheriff's office since 2008, received the award from Mecklenburg chapter president Jay Joyce at the North Jail Facility.

Mecklenburg SAR chapter president Jay Joyce presents the SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to Mecklenburg Sheriff's Officer Adam Goodman on December 10, 2013 in Charlotte.

"Adam is a highly motived and dedicated officer and one who takes pride in his work, his actions, and his service to the citizens of this community," said Joyce. "He is tasked with training new employees and preparing them for the responsibilities of their job within the jail facilities and teaching new officers how to perform their duties efficiently and effectively."

November 15, 2013 - Member Tony Zeiss Awarded Gold Medal

We are excited to announce that our own chapter member and author, Tony Zeiss, has earned a most-prestigious honor for his book, Backcountry Fury. Tony was awarded the Gold Medal by the Military Writer's Society of America. Tony's historical fiction novel won the top national award in the "Young Adult" category.

Mecklenburg chapter member Tony Zeiss is awarded the Gold Medal for his book Backcountry Fury from the Military Writers Society of America in November 2013. Backcountry Fury written by Tony Zeiss, a Revolutionary War author and presenter in Charlotte, NC.

His book features a sixteen-year-old South Carolina patriot who fought at Kings Mountain, Musgrove's Mill, the Cowpens, and in several other battles in the Carolinas in 1780-81. Vowing revenge after his brother is killed by Bloody Bill Cunningham and his marauding Tories, 16-year-old Thomas Young joins the Little River Regiment of Mounted Militia in 1780. This book chronicles 18 months in Thomas' life as he fights in the South Carolina back country during the Revolutionary War.

Mecklenburg chapter member Tony Zeiss is awarded a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America in November 2013.

"We are so proud of the work that Tony has done, not only with his book, Backcountry Fury, but with his work around Charlotte on honoring and preserving the history from the Revolutionary War," said Mecklenburg chapter and NCSSAR president Jim Wood. "So many of us have had the honor of seeing Tony portray the title character in his book at local, state and national SAR meetings. He does a fantastic job and we are honored that Tony is a member of our chapter."

The book is available locally in Charlotte at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC, and through Amazon.com in Kindle and book formats, where it holds a five star rating.

November 11, 2013 - Honorable U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony

The Mecklenburg chapter and the Mint Hill VFW co-sponsored an Old Flag Retirement Program today. More than 100 people attended and we had over 1,000 old flags to retire. The Marine Corp VFW gave us a Rifle Salute and a bugle call, then all the flags were brought forward honorably by the scouts. Mecklenburg chapter member Ray Maxson served as the burn master. In the photo below, a scout renders honors to the Flags about to be retired.

The Mecklenburg chapter co-sponsored an old U.S. Flag retirement ceremony with the Mint Hill VFW on November 11, 2013 in Mint Hill, NC.

November 9, 2013 - The Charlotte Veteran's Day Parade

Members of our Mecklenburg chapter, along with members from the SCSSAR, joined us to lead the annual Veteran's Day Parade down Tryon Street in Charlotte today.

The Veteran's Day Parade November 9 2013 in Charlotte, NC.

Several thousand people lined the streets on a cool, beautiful morning to watch the ROTC units, the Charlotte Fire Department, USAir floats and several bands to honor our veterans.

Mecklenburg chapter member David Alls prepares to lead the Charlotte Veteran's Day Parade on November 9, 2013. Mecklenburg chapter member Ken Luckey prepares to lead the Charlotte Veteran's Day Parade on November 9, 2013.

(In the photo above, Mecklenburg chapter members David Alls, on left, and Ken Luckey, on right, prepare to lead the Charlotte Veteran's Day Parade.)

Members of our chapter participating in the parade include Jim Wood, Neil Hohmann, Tim Berly, Tom Phlegar, Ken Luckey, David Alls and Jay Joyce.

October 7, 2013 - Welcome, the Battle of Kings Mountain Chapter!

Our Mecklenburg chapter, led by president Jim Wood, assisted in the official formation and chartering ceremony of our State's 26th chapter, the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter. "The charter officers and members of the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter have worked so hard this year and launched their new chapter with 51 confirmed charter members," said Jim Wood during the ceremony. "We want to present the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter's story to SAR National as a textbook process of how the charter members came together, researched applicants, and pulled together a fantastic launch for their new chapter."

The new chapter president of the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter is Mecklenburg chapter member Doyle Campbell and their new chapter vice president is David Allen. Doyle and David worked closely with Jim Wood to organize genealogy meetings, SAR application research and strong follow-through to help the new chapter launch with 51 members. (In the photo below, Doyle Campbell, at left, receives the chapter's official charter from Jim Wood, president, NCSSAR, on right.)

Doyle Campbell, at left, receives the chapter's official charter from Jim Wood, president, NCSSAR, on right.

NSSAR President General Joseph Dooley, NSSAR Registrar General Michael Tomme, Vice President General, South Atlantic District, Rev. Dr. Randy D. Moody attended the chartering following the annual commemoration at Kings Mountain Battlefield.

The first chapter meeting for the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter will be held on November 12, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 600 Crescent Circle in Kings Mountain, NC. This will be a dinner meeting and Tom Phlegar, past president of the Mecklenburg chapter and a popular American Revolution history docent, will present the program on the Revolutionary battles within 100 miles of Charlotte. Cost for the dinner will be published soon. For more information, or to RSVP, please email Doyle Campbell at doylecampbell@carolina.rr.com.

September 19, 2013 - Three Generations Join Mecklenburg

Three generations of Killians joined our Mecklenburg chapter during our September membership meeting and dinner! In the photo below (from left to right), Ray Killian, Jr., Ray Killian, Sr., and Ray Killian, III, take their SAR membership oath from chapter president Jim Wood (in photo at right) as past president Tim Berly assists. "We have several sets of family members who have joined the SAR over the past year," said chapter president Jim Wood. "It is always exciting and heart warming to see multiple generations of the same family joining together to honor their family ancestry and legacy."

Three generations of Killians take the SAR membership oath on September 19, 2013 in Charlotte.

Our special guest speaker for the evening was Joe Epley, renown television journalist and historical novelist. Mr. Epley's presentation was a fact-driven and exciting discussion on the Kings Mountain Campaign and its impact on the occupation of Charlotte Town.

Mecklenburg chapter member Pete Hubicki receives his SAR Bronze Good Citizenship medal from NCSSAR state president Jim Wood on September 19, 2013 in Charlotte.

Several awards were presented, including the SAR Bronze Good Citizenship Medal to incoming chapter genealogist and registrar Pete Hubicki (in photo above). Pete has chaired our chapter SAR Flag Certificate program for the past two years. Also, chapter president Jim Wood awarded the SAR Medal of Appreciation to DAR member Coco Killian for her effort in recruiting three new members.

September 15, 2013 - SAR Honors Five Patriots in SC

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter, NCSSAR, participated with the Daniel Morgan chapter, SCSSAR, and the SCSSAR to mark five (5) Patriot graves at Padgett's Creek Baptist Church in Cross Keys, SC. The five Patriots honored were Captain John Alexander, Solomon Bobo Sr., Mark Murphy, Ambrose Ray, and John Sparks. All five Patriot graves had granite SAR markers installed. The Minister, Rev. Carrol Cadwell, stated that most of the congregation of the Baptist Church attended and there were 174 in the church for the service. Mecklenburg chapter members Jim Wood, Ken Luckey and Ray Maxson participated.

Members of the Mecklenburg chapter, NCSSAR, participated with the Daniel Morgan chapter, SCSSAR, and the SCSSAR to mark five (5) Patriot graves at Padgett's Creek Baptist Church in Cross Keys, SC.

In the photo above, NCSSAR state president Jim Wood and Mecklenburg chapter member Ken Luckey, at right, participate in the program with many members of the Church and visitors.

August 17, 2013 - DAR and SAR Combined Patriot Grave Marking

The Mecklenburg Chapter, DAR, and our Mecklenburg chapter presented a grave marking ceremony to honor Patriot Daniel McAulay, an orderly sergeant who served in the Continental Army in Col. Moses Hazen's Pennsylvania Regiment on missions in Northeast America. The ceremony was held at the Gilead Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC. (In the photo below, Sarah McAulay of the Mecklenburg Chapter DAR, unveils the DAR marker on Patriot Daniel McAulay's grave marker.)

Sarah McAulay of the Mecklenburg Chapter DAR, unveils the DAR marker on Patriot Daniel McAulay's grave in Huntersville, NC on August 17, 2013.

"Working with the Mecklenburg Chapter of the DAR is a privilege for our SAR chapter," said Mecklenburg chapter and NCSSAR state president Jim Wood. "The ceremony was beautifully planned by the DAR leadership and all of the presentations were executed flawlessly. All of this made for a fantastic grave marking ceremony." (In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter member Ken Luckey renders honors as he unveils the SAR grave marker on Patriot Daniel McAulay's grave site."

Mecklenburg chapter member Ken Luckey renders honors as he unveils the SAR grave marker on Patriot Daniel McAulay's grave site in Huntersville, NC on August 17, 2013.

Our Mecklenburg chapter provided the Color Guard and unveiled the SAR marker on Patriot McAulay's grave. Chapter members David Alls, Ken Luckey, Ray Maxson, Neil Hohmann, Jim Wood, Tim Berly and Jay Joyce attended the ceremony. (In the photo below, NCSSAR president Jim Wood, on left, takes a photo with Rev. COL William A. McAulay, Jr., (USA, retired) on right, before the ceremony.)

NCSSAR president Jim Wood, on left, and COL William A. McAulay, Jr., on right, before the ceremony..

August 10, 2013 - Patriot Honored in Salisbury, NC Cemetery

The Mecklenburg and Salisbury chapters co-sponsored a grave marking ceremony today for Patriot Capt. Thomas C. Cowan in the historic Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Salisbury, NC. Capt. Cowan, who fought at Cowan's Ford, is the Patriot ancestor of new Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Thompson. (In the photo below, Jim Thompson renders honors to his Patriot ancestor during the grave marking ceremony, as Chuck Yard, on left, and Guy Higgins, on right, render honors as members of the NCSSAR Color Guard.)

Jim Thompson renders honors to his Patriot ancestor during the grave marking ceremony, as Chuck Yard, on left, and Guy Higgins, on right, render honors as members of the NCSSAR Color Guard.

"Chapter member Jim Thompson did all of the research on Capt. Cowan's burial here at Thyatira Cemetery and even purchased and installed the SAR grave marker," said Jay Joyce, Mecklenburg chapter vice president. "Jim is a new member with our chapter and we are all very proud of the fantastic job that he did with honoring his Patriot ancestor." (In the photo below, members of the NCSSAR and the NCSSAR Color Guard pose for a photo during the grave marking ceremony.)

members of the NCSSAR and the NCSSAR Color Guard pose for a photo during the grave marking ceremony.

August 3, 2013 - Six Patriot Grave Markings in One Day!

The Mecklenburg chapter sponsored six Patriot grave markings in Waxhaw and Wesley Chapel, NC, at two separate cemeteries. The first five Patriot grave markings were held at historic Tirzah Presbyterian Church in Waxhaw, NC. Five Patriot’s graves were marked while each Patriot’s contributions to the Revolutionary War were delivered by 5th and 6th great grandson Jim Mobley (in the photo below), member of the George Washington Chapter in Arlington, Virginia.

Virginia SAR member Jim Mobley poses with one of his Patriot ancestor's graves on August 3, 2013 during grave marking ceremonies held at Tirzah Presbyterian Church in Waxhaw, NC.

“We were honored to assist Compatriot Mobley from Virginia to honor and mark his five Patriots here in North Carolina,” said NCSSAR state president and Mecklenburg chapter president Jim Wood. “It is amazing how many thousands of Patriots are buried across the Carolinas.” In the photo below, NCSSAR President and Mecklenburg chapter president Jim Wood, at right, stands with event coordinator Ray Maxson, at left, as the ceremony begins.

NCSSAR President and Mecklenburg chapter president Jim Wood, at right, stands with event coordinator Ray Maxson, at left, as the ceremony begins

The five Patriots honored included Hugh McCain, who served with George Washington at Braddock’s defeat during the French and Indian War; William McCain, who served as a private in the Salisbury District, NC, Militia; John McCain, who served as a private from North Carolina under Captains Huggins and Rogers; Hugh McCain, Jr., who served as a private in Captain Samuel Martin’s North Carolina Light Dragoons; and, John Nisbet (Nesbitt), who served as a private from South Carolina under Lt. Col. Tumble.

The sixth Patriot grave marking was held later in the day at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Wesley Chapel, NC. His 4th great grandson, and member of the Mecklenburg SAR chapter, E. Phifer Helms (in yellow shirt in photo below), honored Patriot Captain William Houston of the Mecklenburg Militia. “William Houston was a captain in the American Revolutionary War and a pioneer in establishing Union County, NC,” said Compatriot E. Phifer Helms as he addressed the gathering.

4th great grandson, and member of the Mecklenburg SAR chapter, E. Phifer Helms (in yellow shirt in photo below), honored Patriot Captain William Houston of the Mecklenburg Militia

“Captain Houston placed his life and property in considerable danger as his home was very close to the path taken by General Cornwallis and the British army as it traveled from the Battle of Camden (16 August 1780) to the Battle of the Waxhaws (20 September 1780) to the Battle of Charlotte (26 September 1780.” After the Revolutionary War, William Houston spent his time with is family, farming and contributing to the expanding Union County, NC. He died in 1825 at 75 years of age and was buried in Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Wesley Chapel, NC.

Mecklenburg chapter members Jim Wood, Paul Callanan, Tim Berly, Ray Maxson, Ken Luckey, Jay Joyce, David Alls, Phifer Helms and Tom Phlegar.

July 20, 2013 - Colson's Mill Annual Commemoration

Five members of our Mecklenburg chapter participated in the annual commemoration of the Battle of Colson's Mill in Norwood, NC today. Jim Wood, Tim Berly, Gus Succop, Ken Luckey and Jay Joyce represented our chapter and participated in the combined Color Guard. (In the photo below, chapter president and NCSSAR State president Jim Wood delivers an address to the audience.)

NCSSAR and Mecklenburg chapter president Jim Wood delivers the address at the annual commemoration of Colson's Mill on July 20 2013.

Following a "home cooked" meal, Chris Stonestreet, teacher and historic author, spoke about the "rest of the story" about the Battle of Cowan's Ford.