SAR Flag certificate presented to the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield – 12 June 2017

State awards chairmen Dave Perkins presented the SAR Flag certificate on behalf of the Connecticut SAR to Hilary Micalizzi, President of the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield on Sunday June 12th. Also present was Sara Champion of the DAR Drum Hill Chapter, who is a member of the board of directors for the museum. The Keeler Tavern was a major host during the recent Battle of Ridgefield reenactment in April.

NSSAR Alexander Hamilton Award – 16 May 2017

1/C Frederick M. Scott V was presented with the Alexander Hamilton Award by Wayne Mallar, Vice President-General for the New England district. Fred was a member of the Glee Club, was class President for 2 years. He also had 10 members of his family including his fiance there the awards ceremony and graduation on Wednesday. They live in Southborough, Massachusetts. Fred’s first duty station is in Boston, followed by duty in Panama Canal and Columbia. State President Ethan Stewart along with past VPG Doug Wood attended the awards ceremony.

Connecticut SAR – Patriot Grave Marking – Go Fund Me Webpage Link
The SAR ( Sons of the American Revolution) and the DAR ( daughters of the American Revolution) are combining efforts to restore the old Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery in Stratford. This cemetery is important because William Samuel Johnson who was a signer of the Constitution is buried there, along with 18 other Rev War Soldiers. There are stones that are toppled over, stones that need to be cleaned. We need to have a professional come in and trim some of the trees, and we need money to repair and refinish the old Iron gate and fence. Any amount of money will be gratefully accepted. We need to restore this rich resting place of those who fought to give us our freedom. A Patriot Grave Marking is tentatively scheduled for Saturday August 26.

240th Anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield – April 27, 1777

The Connecticut Line took part in the re-enactment along Main Street in Ridgefield on Saturday April 29th. With about 100 American and British soldiers in total, the battle was a huge success. The sponsor of the event was Jerusalem Masonic Lodge #49 of Ridgefield. The links below with take you to pictures & videos & news of the battle:
CTSSAR Pictures & Video
Keeler Tavern
Danbury Newstimes
You tube video – Battle of Ridgefield

Photos: Barbara Stewart, DAR

Christmas Tree lighting at the War Office in Lebanon

Members of the Connecticut Line, Color Guard/Living History Unit of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution manned the historic Revolutionary War Office during the Lebanon annual Christmas tree lighting. br4wo1 The Gen. Israel Putnam Branch #4 CTSSAR presented Captain Sal Tarantino, Commander of Sheldon’s Horse, the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons, the SAR Bronze Good Citizenship Medal for his 40+ years of service (Revolutionary War Living History) to the community. 2016 also marks the 240th Anniversary of the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons. Captain Sal Tarantino has been a friend to the branch since we first met him back in February 1996 at our branch’s first annual Revolutionary War Exhibit/Muster at the New England Civil War Museum in Rockville, CT.

The branch held this event annually in commemoration of George Washington’s Birthday, the largest event of its kind in New England. From 1997 to 2003 it was held annually at the Old State House in Hartford, CT. Over the years we have participated with Sal and the Second Continental Light Dragoons in numerous Revolutionary War Reenactments/Living History events throughout New England. br4wo2
Members of the 11th Connecticut Regiment (the Gen. Israel Putnam Branch #4 CTSSAR Color Guard/Living History Unit) with their battered standard officially go into winter quarters ending their 22nd year of Revolutionary War Living History. It has been an honor to command the regiment, and to serve as Branch Color Guard Commander for the past 22 years.

I would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year!

Patriotically,

Todd Gerlander, Branch Color Guard Captain

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Connecticut SAR 125th Anniversary Commemoration of the Ownership of the War Office (1891 – 2016)

Sunday October 2nd from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

10:00 AM – CTSSAR War Office 125 Event Opens at War Office. War Office Open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM – CTDAR Open House at the Gov. Jonathan Trumbull Sr. House.
1:00 PM – CTSSAR 125th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony at War Office.
1:30 PM – CTSSAR 306th Birthday Ceremony for Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. (1710-1785) at War Office.
3:00 PM – CTSSAR hosts the 51st Annual Massing of the Colors at First Congregational Church in Lebanon (Church designed by Col. John Trumbull, Artist of the American Revolution).
5:00 PM – CTSSAR War Office 125 Event Closes at War Office.

Address: 149 West Town St, Lebanon, CT 06429

The History of the Lebanon War Office – Flag Day, June 15, 1891

During the American Revolution, the former store and office where Jonathan Trumbull conducted his mercantile business became the headquarters to plan the defense of the colony of Connecticut. Located near the northwest corner of the Hartford-Norwich Highway (Route 207) and West Town St. Jonathan Trumbull served as the Governor of both the colony and the state from 1769 – 1784, a period of 15 years.

Here in the War Office. as it came to be called. Governor Trumbull convened the Council of Safety to deal with the day to day emergencies. Many of the over 1100 meetings of the council were held in this building from 1775 to 1784.

The Governor’s experience in provisioning and his knowledge of supply locations throughout the region served him well when called upon by General Washington for supplies for the Continental Army.

Connecticut became known as the Provision State during this time. State militia units and naval ships were provided with tents. utensils, iron pots. wooden bowls, canteens, clothing,, socks. shoes, handkerchiefs, blankets. flints, powder, salted beef and pork, flour and other necessities.

Military leaders who were known to have met with the Governor and council here in this building were:

  • George Washington
  • Henry Knox
  • Israel Putnam
  • Samuel Parsons
  • Joseph Spencer
  • Jedediah Huntington
  • Marquis de Lafayette
  • Count Rochambeau
  • Marquis de Chastelux
  • Duc de Lauzun

The War Office is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Building has been owned and maintained by the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution since 1891.

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