On Sunday, 3 January 2021, the New Jersey Society SAR paused to remember the 244th Anniversary of the Battle of Princeton with Ohio Society Members joining the Ceremonies

The battle occurred during a crucial ten-day period that commenced with General Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware River and the Continental Army’s victorious attack on the Hessians in Trenton, NJ. This victory was quickly followed by the Battle of Assunpink Creek, the subsequent march northward to Princeton while flanking Lord Cornwallis’ forces, and ultimately defeating the British at Battle of Princeton.

This was a turning point for the Continental Forces, victory at last after the season of discouragement following the campaigns in New York during the prior year.

Members of Hocking Valley and Cincinnati Chapter at the Battle of Princeton Memorial during a 2018 Remembrance Ceremony

Compatriot Al Gummere of the Hocking Valley Chapter and Bob Bowers of the Cincinnati Chapter represented their respective chapters and the Ohio Society during the virtual event conducted by the New Jersey Society.

Al Gumerre of the Hocking Valley Chapter
Top row, far left — Compatriot Al Gummere of the Hocking Valley Chapter
Bottom row, 2nd from left — Compatriot Bob Bowers of the Cincinnati Chapter
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Cincinnati Chapter Kicks-off 2021

The Chapter will kick-off the 2021 Business year with its first Board of Management and General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, 6 January 2021.  All members are invited to attend.

This first meeting will be a Zoom Time Meeting, in compliance with the Pandemic Protocols and the safety and wellbeing of our Society.

Contact Gary Duffield, Cincinnati Chapter Secretary, for access to the meeting

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Wreaths Across America at Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Cemetery

Saturday, 19 December 2020 at Noon

Cincinnati SAR once again participated in WAA partnered with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH. However, in order to comply with the governmental requirements and personal safety dictates there were only 75 wreaths to be placed, face masks worn and social distancing practices to avoid the Corona Virus.

Participants at this event at the Civil War Soldiers Section were:

Cub Scout Pack # 164

Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR)

General William H Lytle Camp & Dept. of Ohio, SUVCW (Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War)

Sister Anthony O’Connell Auxiliary, Dept. of Ohio & National ASUVCW (Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War) (Judy Brown, Barbara Lynch, Wanda Langdon)

Clough Valley Chapter NSDAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)

Team Rubicon

12:00 Noon Bugler Craig Flick, SUVCW played Assembly

Kerry Langdon SUVCW, Emcee who welcomed everyone and asked for Moment of Silence, then with a Call to Colors the Cincinnati Chapter’s Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard Raised the Colors.

Bob Bowers led the Pledge of Allegiance with Reverend Don Vogel, SUVCW giving an Invocation

Wreaths were then placed for each of our Armed Forces: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW (or Missing in Action) Veterans. The remaining wreaths placed at separate tombstones with saying that veteran’s name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country.

Ed Boniwell CCSAR & OHSSAR Chaplain gave a Benediction

The Colors were retired in place then Color Guard fired a three round Musket Salute followed by the playing of Taps while the Guard stood at Mourn Arms.

Elsewhere in the Cemetery at the Revolutionary War Patriots Monument a wreath was placed and the names of the 59 Soldiers were announced by Michael Gunn, Former Cincinnati Chapter President

While the following Stood at Present Arms:

Mike Gunn – former Cincinnati Chapter President, Greg Ballman – Cincinnati Chapter President, Robert Bowers – Cincinnati Chapter Board Member & acting Color Guard Commander, Turner Lee Wilkerson – Ohio Society SAR President, Clay Crandall – Cincinnati Chapter 2nd Vice President, Rev. Ed Bonniwell – Ohio Society Chaplain, Jack Bredenfoerder – 2nd VP Ohio Society SAR

A Musket Salute to our First Patriots and Veterans of the American Revolution was fired as the 2020 Wreaths Across America Campaign was concluded at Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Cemetery.

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Battle of Great Bridge Virginia 9 December 1775

The Battle of Great Bridge was fought in the present-day City of Chesapeake, just south of Norfolk, Virginia and at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay.

This was the first Virginia Battle of the Revolutionary War occurring just 6 months after the Battle of Bunker Hill and 8 months after the battles of Concord and Lexington.

On that day, the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Militia stood up to the British Forces supporting the Crown’s Governor, Lord Dunmore.  The battle was short and decisive.  Great Britain lost many and retreated to Norfolk where further skirmishes occurred in the following weeks.  The Virginia Militia took only a few light casualties during the battle.

The Remembrance ceremony today was a joint effort by many from the State of Virginia, most notably, Virginia Societies of the NSDAR, NSSAR and NSCAR.

Many Chapters, Districts and State Societies joined in the Remembrance Ceremonies including three members of the Ohio Society placing wreaths in honor of our patriots serving on that historic day:

left to right – President Lee Wilkerson, Ohio Society; Compatriot Bob Bowers, Cincinnati Chapter; President Gary Duffield, Highlanders Chapter.

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Cincinnati Chapter SAR Remember’s Veteran’s Day Service at the Mohawk Honor Roll Memorial on November 11, 2020

The 75th Anniversary of the Honor Roll Memorial located in the Mohawk Community of the City of Cincinnati was celebrated with social distancing and by wearing protective masks by attendees and presenters alike.

The memorial was originally Dedicated on November 18, 1945 and rededicated in 2011 by replacing the bronze plaques which had been pilfered by thieves with Granite panels containing the names of the several hundred local citizens who responded to their call to serve in WWII. It is our duty now to remember their sacrifices and those others who stood to obtain and protect our freedoms over the 250 years since the founding of our Republic, these United States of America.

Assembled this day to bring the honor at this Memorial Service were:

Jackie Stevens, DMA of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, who sang pre-ceremony, National Anthem and Post Ceremony.

Emcee Michael Wolber, CWO4 USN Retired, son of Honoree

Invocation and Benediction by Rev Dr. Ed Boniwell, Ohio Society & Cincinnati Chapter SAR Chaplain

Post of Colors & Musket Salute by Cincinnati SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard—CMDR Brad Jarard, Ohio Society & Cincinnati Chapter President Lee Wilkerson, * V,P. Jack Bredenfoerder, OH Highlanders Chapter Pres Gary Duffield, Germany Society* Secy. Michael Gunn, Robert Bowers, Daniel Schmitz & Ed Boniwell.

Congressman, Army Colonel, Dr. Brad Wenstrup, Speaker and Gulf War Veteran

Pledge of Allegiance led by Family of John Wolber, Honoree

Wreath Ceremony by Nick Ruehlman & Honoree Jim Pragar’s Grandson

Taps by Beth Fischer, Bugles Across America

Colors Retired by Cincinnati SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard

Special Note: by a show of hands about 60 of the 80 attendees were family of at least one of the Honorees at this moving Veterans Day & 75th Anniversary of the Memorial in 1945.

By Michael Gunn

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1st Lt. Joseph Catterline’s Grave Site in Fairfield, Ohio… Honored on 1 November 2020

On Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2 PM the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) Honored Joseph Catterline (1741-1822) a Revolutionary War Patriot by marking his grave located at Miami Chapel Cemetery, 6210 River Road in Fairfield, Liberty Twp., Butler County, OH. Rain was predicted for the morning and disappeared with a gift of bright sun, but with a brisk wind by noon with gusts of 30 mph, as we set up the 8 flags and the podium behind Joseph’s Gravesite.

Cincinnati, Highlanders & Hocking Valley Chapter Members Participating in the Day’s Ceremonies

This was a Social Distancing Event, due to the existing 2020 Pandemic and protective masks re-quired as additional assurance of a safe event during the ceremony expected to be an hour in length. Our agreement with the City of Fairfield Parks and Recreation Officials and common sense both dictated such. Fairfield also required we reach out to Joseph’s descendants, which we’d already done as one of our CCSAR Compatriots, Charles Rogers had informed us of the interest to mark this grave by Descendant Thomas Foster Stander, CCSAR Member # 963392. We initially planned to honor this ancestor in late 2018. Unfortunately, Compatriot Stander died in 2019 and didn’t get an opportunity to be here and participate personally.

Presentation of Our National Colors

Before we began the ceremony, a few minutes was spent to acquaint our only guests, the Officials of the City of Fairfield, with who the CCSAR is and what we do. Some of them took advantage of our Web Site cincinnatisar.org and viewed videos of earlier Ceremonies for Grave Marking Patriots. The flags, uniforms, weapons and process preparing for the event being better understood, as the EMCEE gave direction to the Commander of the Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard (NCMCG) to post the Colors, then Compatriot Robert Sturm led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag, followed by voicing the pledge to the SAR led by John Bredenfoerder, then the rousing Invocation expertly administered by OHSSAR Chaplain Dr. Ralph E. Bonniwell.

Ohio Society Chaplain Bonniwell & Past Cincinnati Chapter President Gunn

An introduction and welcome of Guests and Presenters began with City of Fairfield Officials: Mayor Steve Miller, City Manager Mark Wendling, Council Member & Park Board member, Leslie Besl, Park Board member, Gwen Richie, Director of Parks & Recreation, Tiphanie How-ard and Robert Schappacher with the Parks Department. We then identified those in the SAR and roles we have during our tribute to Joseph Catterline, concluding with Turner Lee Wilkerson, President of the Ohio Society SAR and the Cincinnati Chapter.

President Wilkerson began with Greetings from the 2000 + SAR members in Ohio and himself, then said:

Ohio Society & Cincinnati Chapter President Wilkerson

“Today we are celebrating a man’s patriotism and a remembrance of his willingness to defend a land in which he believed. As you enjoy fellowship and conversation with one another this day—I would encourage you to reflect on our rich heritage as Americans. Speak together, of the history of our great land and its people—and the fact that we are “one people” richly blessed by a Divine Providence.

Recognize that the rights and privileges we enjoy as American citizens are blessings that were earned by a WILLINGNESS to make the great personal sacrifices necessary to secure the liberties that we frequently take for granted today. Appreciate that our diverse origins and ethnicity produces an alloy that strengthens our culture and society.

On behalf of our Society, I want to thank the City of Fairfield for the care they are giving to the graves of our first military veterans. Mayor Miller, we are especially proud of the manner in which you and your team have expressed their passion and reverence for our Patriot Heritage and the preservation of our National Story for future generations.
All of us gathered here are the living legacy of the many Patriots like this brave soul we celebrate and remember today!”

At this point in the Ceremony Compatriot Larry W. Collins unveiled the grey granite SAR Marker and the Dedication: “We, the members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution reveal and dedicate this marked Memorial to the glory of God and in the recognition of the memory of this honorable Patriot of the American Revolution.” Was made by our Emcee.

Compatriot Gregg Ballman presented a short biography of Patriot Catterlin, accompanied by a reverent chime: Joseph Catterlin (1741 – 1822) is an ancestor of Thomas Foster Standish, Cincinnati SAR Member. Joseph served as a 1st Lieutenant in the in the 1st Regiment Somerset County, New Jersey Militia in the Revolutionary War, they were known as the Jersey Blues due to their blue coats and Pants. The records of the Adjutant General indicate his unit was active before November 1777. He was also a recruiting officer in New Jersey for the Continental Army. He was buried here in 1822 and his name is also on Panel #9 of the Butler County, Soldiers & Sailors and Pioneers Monument in Hamilton, OH.

2021 1st & 2nd Vice President Nominees George Stewart (left) and Greg Ballman (right)

Nine Wreaths were presented:
Ohio Society SAR by President, Turner Lee Wilkerson
Indiana Society SAR, by Michael Gunn.
Germany Society SAR by John H. Bredenfoerder
Cincinnati Chapter SAR by Robert E.R. Bowers
Hocking Valley Chapter SAR by OHSSAR Color Guard Commander Bob Hill & Al Gummere
Highlanders Chapter SAR, by Pres. Gary Duffield
Ohio Society Ladies Aux. by Shari Wilkerson & Carol Gunn
City of Fairfield by Mayor Steve Miller

l to r – OHSSAR President Wilkerson, Compatriot Bowers, OHSSAR VP Bredenfoerder, City of Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller, OHSSAR Color Guard Commander Hill, Compatriot Gummere and EMCEE Gunn

To conclude the ceremony, three rounds of musket fire was ordered by NCMCG Commander Jarard for each of 12 SAR members (Ballman, Bowers, Crandall, Stewart, Hill, Gummere, Bredenfoerder, Schmitz, Rogers, Bonniwell, Duffield, Crandall, and Adjutant Blum with Colors.


Taps were played by Robert Sturm. Then a SAR Recessional by George Stewart “Until we meet again, let us remember our obligations to our forefathers, who gave us our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, an independent Supreme Court, and a Nation of Free Men.”

Cincinnati Chapter Bugler Robert Sturm

And a Benediction by Chaplain Dr. Ralph E. Bonniwell ended the program.

Again, Mayor Miller, we are especially proud of the manner in which you and your team have expressed their passion and reverence for our Patriot Heritage and the preservation of our National Story for future generations. All of us gathered here today are the living legacy of the many Patriots like the brave soul we celebrate and remember today!

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Cincinnati SAR Participates with Turtle Creek Chapter DAR Grave Marking

On October 17, 2020 at 10 AM in Maineville Cemetery, Village of Maineville, 451-585 E. Foster-Maineville Road, Maineville, Warren County, OH the Turtle Creek Chapter DAR sponsored as Ceremony and placed a Bronze Marker at the gravesite of the Reverend Francis Tufts, a Patriot of the Revolutionary War. The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) were invited to participate in this social distancing event.

Accompanied by the lilt of music from the bagpipe played skillfully by Gerry Kelly Fritsch the CCSAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard (NCMCG) posted the colors behind the podium where Gael Fischer, Regent of the Turtle Creek Chapter DAR welcomed some thirty attendees including Nan Kohnen Cahill, SW District Director, Office of US Senator Rob Portman; several officers and members of Turtle Creek Chapter DAR (TCDAR) with some family and friends and four CCSAR members.

L to R — Cincinnati Chapter SAR Compatriots Mike Gunn & Tim Madden, Turtle Creek DAR Regent Gael Fischer and Registrar Rae Kruthaup, Cincinnati Compatriots Dan Schmitz and Bob Bowers

Subsequent to he Invocation, Pledge to the Flag of the USA and brief remarks from TCDAR Chaplain Sharon Mueller, TCDAR Registrar Rae Lynn Kruthaup presented the biography of the Reverend Francis Tufts including his participation during several engagements during the Revolution. Regent Fischer then revealed the marker and read a DAR dedication of the marker, followed by a presentation of the first wreath. Tim Madden CCSAR presented a wreath on behalf of OHSSAR President Turner Lee Wilkerson and Robert Bowers presented a wreath for CCSAR.

Regent Fischer presented a Flag Flown over the Capital Building in Washington D.C. (compliments of Congressman Chabot) to the family of Reverend Tufts. A benediction followed a passionate Amazing Grace played by Piper Fritsch, then the colors were retired with ceremony by: NCMCG Bob Bowers, Dan Schmidt and Michael Gunn.

A fitting tribute to a Patriot of the Revolutionary War who lived out a respectful life here in Hamilton Township, Warren County, OH.

L to R — Cincinnati Chapter SAR Compatriots Mike Gunn & Tim Madden, Turtle Creek DAR Regent Gael Fischer, Cincinnati Compatriot Dan Schmitz
L to R — Cincinnati Chapter SAR Compatriots Tim Madden, Bob Bowers and Dan Schmitz

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Battle of Point Pleasant Remembered

At the 10th hour of the 10th day of of the 10th month in the year of our Lord Two thousand and twenty, we remembered the Battle at Point Pleasant, Virginia (now West Virginia). Many SAR State Societies stood up to honor and remember the Patriots that fought and sacrificed to achieve victory on this day in history–Monday, 10 October 1774.

Unlike past days of remembrance we were driven this year to honor our National History in a hybrid ceremony of remembrance in virtual reality and actual circumstance. The ceremonials were led by President of the Point Pleasant Chapter, Ed Cromley. the SAR State Societies of Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee were present along with numerous SAR, DAR & CAR Chapters from the aforementioned state societies.

The writer of this article, having participated virtually, cannot provide photos of the event. However at least three officers of the Ohio Society Chapters were represented:

Ohio Society – Ohio Society President, Lee Wilkerson

Cincinnati Chapter – Committee Chairman, Bob Bowers

Lt. George Ewing Chapter – Chapter President, Scott Moody

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Prepping for a Grave Marking at Miami Chapel Cemetery in Liberty TWP

Last Wednesday, 7 October 2020, Mike and his bride, Carol Gunn visited the gravesite of 1st Lt. Joseph Catterline of the New Jersey Continental Line. Lt. Catterline died in 1822 and has lain at rest in the Miami Chapel Cemetery these many years.

Compatriot Chuck Rogers brought the grave location to Mike’s attention a year or so ago and planning for the formal event began. The formal Grave Marking Ceremony will be held in early November by the Chapter with military honors provided by the Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard.

One of the many steps in preparing for a grave marking ceremony is placement of the SAR Patriot granite marker. This is a task usually undertaken by members of the Revolutionary War Site and Patriot Graves Committee, of which Mike is the Committee Chairman.

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Chaplain and Reverend Patrick Norman Kelly

Today, Monday, 5 October 2020 we buried our compatriot, Patrick N. Kelly, from Mount Gilead, Ohio of whom I wrote about a few weeks ago.

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Patrick Norman Kelly

The day started out foggy and a little chilly, but by noon the fog lifted and the temperature began to rise to a nice 65° and the sun came out revealing a lovely landscape of changing colors.

I car pooled with three compatriots from the Hocking Valley Chapter. At the funeral home in Cardington, my friends Matt and Sharon Hardman met us, as well as Ohio Society President Lee Wilkerson and his wife Shari, and 5 more compatriots from the Cincinnati Chapter, including our Ohio Society Chaplain, Pastor Ed Bonniwell.

Ohio Society Color Guard… l to r Al Gummere, Jack Bredenfoerder, Dan Schmitz, MIke Gunn, Bob Bowers, CG Commander Bob Hill, Charles Bundy, and Bob Davis

We stood vigil over Patrick’s casket, two at a time, during the hour of visitation. We posted the Colors, and rotated the guards every 10 minutes. At the cemetery in Lexington (near Mansfield) we came to Present Arms, and after prayers and Eulogies, we fired a seven (7) musket, three volley salute. I think compatriot Pastor Kelly would have been pleased.

Compatriots Mike Gunn & Dan Schmitz standing watch

As the Color Guard Commander, I can never say enough good things about the guys from the Cincinnati Chapter, and my own Hocking Valley boys. I am proud of their dedication to our country, the SAR, and our Revolutionary ancestors. The guys from Cincinnati drove a good three hours to give an honorable ceremony of farewell to our Compatriot Kelly.

The Kelly Family and Friends gather Graveside

Our State Chaplain Ed Bonniwell’s never failing eloquence and booming voice echoed across the grounds as if the Lord himself was speaking to us from the heavens. And I guess he was, using Ed as his instrument.

The SAR Funeral Service begins…
Ohio Society President Lee Wilkerson flanked on left by Hocking Valley Chaplain Matt Hardman and Ohio Society Chaplain Dr. Ed Bonniwell to the right
Day is done … Gone the sun … From the lakes … From the hills … From the sky …
All is well … Safely rest … God is nigh

After we fired our muskets, we went to “Mourn Muskets” as Taps was played, and then a bagpiper played Amazing Grace. Afterwards, we had lunch with the family and friends of Patrick at the church where he last pastored, St. John’s Lutheran Church outside of Mount Gilead. It’s a beautiful little country church built around 1870.

There were pictures of happy times in Patrick’s 86 years of life. He pastored for 50 years and was an SAR member for 30. I’m so happy I was able to meet Patrick a few weeks ago, and that we were able to award him the Good Citizenship Medal a short time later before he passed away. And I think all of us were honored to have fulfilled his wishes for an SAR vigil and ceremony. Such a decent man deserved that honor. I have no doubt he is with Jesus now.

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