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Sons of the American Revolution meeting set for June 7 at the Chatterbox Restaurant

June 5, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

The next Sons of the American Revolution meeting is set for 10 a.m., Saturday morning, on June 7 at the Chatterbox Restaurant in Greenhurst.

At the last meeting in early April, Chapter President Steve Boothe presided. He spoke about the Battle of Saratoga, with an emphasis on the history of Jane McCrea, the fiancee of a loyalist officer serving with British General Johnny Burgoyne's British Army. She was presumably killed by Indians who were escorting her and other civilians to the British encampment prior to the battle in October 1777 in northeast New York State, south of Ft. Ticonderoga. There are other theories about her death. The colonial outrage over her death caused more militiamen to join American General Horatio Gates' American Army, with numbers reaching over 17,000 men, far more than Burgoyne's Army.

McCrea's remains have been exhumed for study a number of times, but that work apparently has not added much new information.

The American Army included some well-known officers, such as Col. William Prescott, battle commander at the Battle of Bunker Hill in June 1775, and Col. Benedict Arnold, who was later guilty of treason, nearly giving away West Point to the British, and also, Col. Daniel Morgan, commander of the riflemen who utilized the famous Pennsylvania Rifle.

Boothe will be giving a talk in June about his family's visit to Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Fla., the oldest city in the United States.

Members trace their ancestry back to a Revolutionary War soldier or militiamen.

The Chatterbox Restaurant, located along Fluvanna Avenue extension, Greenhurst, accepts only cash or checks for payment.

For more information, feel free to call Steve Boothe at 574-7995.



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