Jared Mansfield Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at the Ohio Genealogical Society library, and were surprised by the arrival of General George Washington who just that day had resigned his commission as commander of the Continental Army and was on his way home to his beloved Mount Vernon in Virginia.
The General seemed eager to speak with the chapter. He reflected on the hardships, tribulations and sacrifices of all of those who struggled against British forces in the last several years. Discomfort, misfortune and difficulty knew no class or gender. All were called upon to labor for the cause. There were times of great despair, times when the effort seemed surely lost.
With great clarity and conviction the General spoke of the Army’s heroic advance against the Hessians at Trenton. With insufficient ammunition the ragged band of poorly clothed men crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Day in 1776.
These 4400 crossed the river amid a howling storm that the General believes was brought by Divine Providence, giving precious cover to his men. The troops then marched eight miles to Trenton, 2200 on the King and Queen Highway and 2200 on the River Road. Attacking from two directions, the victory over the surprised Hessians soon belonged to the Americans. Two weeks later British General Cornwallis was defeated at Princeton.
The winter of 1777-1778 was also seared into the General’s memory. In this harsh winter the Army was encamped at Valley Forge without adequate food or clothing. Two thousand troops deserted and another 2000 died in camp. Some 300 horses were lost to starvation. Bodies of horses and men were stacked until the ground thawed. It was a bitter memory that certain farmers could have sold provisions to the army but insisted on payment in gold or silver that the Americans could not make. The General credits his beloved wife Martha with saving the country.
At great risk to herself, Martha managed to avoid detection by the enemy and arrive at Valley Forge with seven wagonloads of provisions. Not longer afterward more wagons that the General believes were filled by the Daughters of Liberty arrived. While there would be another six years of struggle, the determination to prevail was strengthened by such courage.
Regent Gail Adams thanked Ken Hammontree for bringing the persona of General George Washington to life for chapter members and guests. She then called the business meeting to order and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Daughter’s Pledge. Joyce Vanatter read the minutes of the last meeting. Stephanie Gwin gave the treasurer’s report. Laverne Piatt gave the registrar’s report. Regent Gail asked that committee reports be brought to the November meeting.
Past Regent Joanie Wyatt read a statement concerning DAR’s commitment to honor veterans of the Vietnam Era. She presented certificates to Norman Perrill, US Army; Garry Boice, US Navy; Robert Barnes, US Navy; and to Sunda Peters for her late husband Donald Stewart Peters, US Navy.
Before the benediction Regent Gail thanked those who had provided refreshments: Karen Farr, Carol Kirkbridge, Sunda Peters, Laverne Piatt. Regent Gail served on that committee as well.
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was formed in October 1890. Membership is open to any woman 18 or older who can provide direct lineal descent from a soldier or patriot who served the American cause during the American Revolution. For more information on membership contact the Regent at 419.347.1726 or the Registrar at 419.683.3667.
DAR were surprised by the arrival of General George Washington.