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. 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.
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!
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
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.
April 18th – Patriot’s Day 2016
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The April 2016 edition of the CT-DAR Nathan Hale Memorial Chapter newsletter, “The Nathan Haler” included 3 articles related to Real Property Stewart, Dave Packard and our Connecticut SAR Museums. To view the complete newsletter, please click on the newsletter above.
United States Coast Guard Academy – Fall Award Ceremony
The Connecticut SAR worked with the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) to establish the Nathan Hale Award. This is a cash award given to the cadet who excels in security studies. Providing the award is a way of recognizing the USCGA as the only service academy in Connecticut and thanking them for their continuing support of the Connecticut SAR by having cadets work on all three of our historic properties.
Naming the award after Nathan Hale is appropriate since the USCGA is in New London, as is one of the two locations where he taught. The Connecticut SAR owns both of these schoolhouses. Presenting the award to a cadet who excels in “Security Studies” connects us to Nathan Hale’s role as a spy.
On September 26, 2015, the Connecticut SAR presented its first annual Nathan Hale Award at the USCGA’s Parents’ Weekend Fall Awards Ceremony. The recipient was First Class Cadet Caroline Miller. She served as an intern at the Intelligence Coordination Center this past summer and was selected as one of two cadets representing the USCGA on the Western Hemisphere Advanced Research Project.
Fall Clean Up at East Haddam Schoolhouse with Coast Guard Cadets
The fall cleanup at the East Haddam property went as expected, on November 1st.
We only had 2 SAR members volunteer and 6 Coast Guard Academy cadets, but we managed to put a huge dent in the underbrush surrounding the schoolhouse.
A big “thank you” goes to the hard working young men and women that made this possible.