Sons of the American Revolution
Major General William Moultrie Chapter
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
The Major General William Moultrie Chapter Color Guard comprises those Compatriots who come to events properly uniformed as either Continental Soldiers or Militiamen. It seeks to visibly promote the stated objectives of the NSSAR which are declared to be Historical, Patriotic and Educational. The Color Guard is the most visible public face of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Color Guardsmen provide an easily identifiable and colorful focal point at parades and memorial events. The variety of uniforms and flags encourage children, spectators, and potential members to come forward and ask questions about the American Revolution.
Membership in our Color Guard is open to any member in good standing. Color Guardsmen must purchase a uniform in order to participate. While there is no requirement for participation in a minimum number of events, Color Guardsmen are encouraged to participate in as many events as possible.
Our Color Guard will participate in:
Posting Colors at meetings
NSSAR was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress in 1906 “to perpetuate the memory of the men who, by their services or sacrifices during the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people” and “to foster true patriotism.” Its charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, a distinguished member of the NSSAR.
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was chartered by Congress in 1916 “to promote the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others” and “to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values.” Since its inception, Scouting has taught over 110 million youth its lessons of patriotism, courage and self-reliance.
For the past century, NSSAR has enjoyed a close working relationship with BSA, actively supporting Scouting programs that build character and good citizens. President Theodore Roosevelt, ardent supporter of the Scouting movement, earned the distinction of being the first and only man designated as the “Chief Scout Citizen.”
In 1980, the NSSAR’s ties to Scouting were further strengthened with the establishment of its Eagle Scout Recognition and Scholarship Program. For over 25 years, SAR’s partnership with BSA has actively promoted patriotism and honored young patriots in communities across America. The NSSAR Arthur M. and Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship and Awards Program has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships to outstanding Eagle Scouts. Hundreds of deserving Eagle Scouts have been honored by SAR chapters and state societies with cash awards, medals, trophies and certificates.
THE SEIGE OF CHARLESTON, 1780
GPS Coordinates: 32° 47.187′ N, 79° 56.198′ W
King St., at the NW corner of Marion Square near Hutson St.
The British capture of Charleston in May 1780 was one of the worst American defeats of the Revolution. On March 30-31 Gen. Henry Clinton’s British, Hessian, and Loyalist force crossed the Ashley River north of Charleston. On April 1 Clinton advanced against the American lines near this site, held by Gen. Benjamin Lincoln’s Continentals and militia. The 42-day siege would be the longest of the war.
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As Gen. Charles Cornwallis closed off Lincoln’s escape routes on the Cooper River, Clinton advanced his siege lines and bombarded Charleston. On May 12, 1780, in front of the American works near this spot, Lincoln surrendered the city and his force of 6,000 men, after what one British officer called “a gallant defense.” The British occupied Charleston for more than 2 1/2 years, evacuating Dec. 14, 1782.
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South Carolina Society, Daughters of the American Revolution
National Society, Sons of the American Revolution
Maj. Gen. William Moultrie Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution