James Harlan Cleveland II


Cincinnati Chapter Membership approved

February 15, 1945

JamesHarlanClevelandWhile reviewing some old chapter minutes there was a big deal made about the membership of a new Compatriot James Harlan Cleveland II on February 15, 1945. After doing some research on Compatriot Cleveland, I now understand why. He was born August 28,1894 in Glendale, Ohio. He served in World War I. On September 6, 1918 he was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. He was a First Lieutenant, 306 Infantry, 77th Division, AEF.

On his death this is what appeared in the New York Times:

The New York Times (New York, New York)
March 22, 1950 (Wednesday)

Special to The New York Times.
Cincinnati, March 21 – James H. Cleveland, who had been acting United States District Attorney and Mayor of the nearby city of Glendale, Ohio, died today at the age of 55.
Mr. Cleveland was a son of Harlan Cleveland, who was United States District Attorney in one of President Grover Cleveland’s Administrations. His grandfather, Stanley Matthews, and an uncle, John Marshall Harlan, served on the United States Supreme Court.”

What is also interesting and what the Chapter was proud of is Compatriot Cleveland’s Great Great Grandfather was Sgt. William Brown. Sgt. Brown received the Badge of Merit, the Purple Heart, from General George Washington on May 3, 1783.

James Harlan Cleveland II died from a fall on March 21, 1950 and is buried at
Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio


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Cincinnati SAR presented their 2017 Awards on December 9, 2017

The Cincinnati Chapter SAR welcomed a new compatriot to our chapter at the 5th Annual Awards Dinner held at the Blue Ash Crowne Plaza on Saturday, December 9th. The new compatriot inducted by Ohio Society President Donald C. McGraw, Jr. was Steve Maynard. Congratulations and welcome Compatriot Maynard!


Cincinnati Chapter President John H. Bredenfoerder, Ohio Society President Donald C. McGraw, Jr., Steve Maynard, Turner Lee Wilkerson III

Receiving supplementals at the same celebration were Compatriots Shaun Smith and Connor Smith.

Ohio Society President Donald C. McGraw, Jr. performed a MIA POW Remembrance.

Below are photos of our award winners. Congratualtions to All!

Photos by Dr. Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D., CCSAR Past President

Perfect Attendance Certificates


John H. Bredenfoerder, Gary L. Duffield, Michael J. Blum, George H. Stewart

Certificates of Appreciation


Scott E. Snow, James H. Houston, Jr., J. Preston Smith, Jr., Mark E. Idle Jacob S. Hartman
Not Pictured: Jason P. Bourgeois, Clayton L. Crandall, Kerry L. Langdon, Charles E. Rogers

Ladies Certificates of Appreciation


LeeAnn Blum, Shirley Bowers, Becky Hartman, Billie Bonniwell, Kathe Ballman, Mary Ann Duffield, Donna Idle
Not Pictured: Elise Jarard, Wanda Langdon

Darragh Medal


Emma Hartman

SAR/DAR Medal of Appreciation


Carolyn Carpenter

Martha Washington Medal


Carole Gunn (Oak Leaf Cluster), Shari Wilkerson, Christine Smith, Laurie Bredenfoerder

Daughters of Liberty Medal

Not Pictured: Valerie Wilke (Oak Leaf Cluster) and Anna Wilke (Oak Leaf Cluster)

Cincinnati Chapter Thomas Paine Award


Dr. Michael B. Gunn

Roger Sherman Medal (Bronze)


Gregory D. Ballman, Michael J. Blum, Ralph Edgar Bonniwell, Kenneth R. Burck, Joshua B. Hartman, Robert E. R. Bowers, Zachary T. Haines
Not Pictured: Franz B. Ott II (Oak Leaf Cluster), Daniel S. Schmitz, Connor M. Smith, Gordon E. Stokely, Jr., George H. Vincent

Patriot Grave Marking Medal


Michael B. Gunn (1 Bronze, 1 Silver Oak Leaf Clusters), Turner Lee Wilkerson III (2 Bronze, 1 Silver Oak Leaf Clusters)

Liberty Medal


Turner Lee Wilkerson III
Not Pictured: Franz B. Ott II (Oak Leaf Cluster)

Service to Veterans Medal and Lafayette Medal


Michael J. Blum (Oak Leaf Cluster)

Law Enforcement Commendation Medal


Scott E. Snow

Meritorious Service Medal


Michael J. Blum, Kenneth G. Carpenter, Gary L. Duffield, Jeffrey M. Hartman, John Bradley Jarard, Shaun P. Smith, George H. Stewart, Jr., Turner Lee Wilkerson III Not Pictured: Larry W. Collins, Gerald P. Knight

Chapter Medal for Distinguished Service and Crystal Decanter with Chapter Logo


Michael B. Gunn

Chapter Distinguished Service Certificates and Crystal Decanters with Chapter Logo

Not Picutred: Jesse W. Andrews, Donald C. McGraw, Jr., James D. Schaffer, Paul M. Wilke

Cincinnati SAR President Jack Bredenfoerder, Officers and Board installed

DSC_0106 (Michael Gunn's conflicted copy 2017-12-10)

Jack Bredenfoerder, John Bradley Jarard, Turner Lee Wilkerson III,  Gary L. Duffield, Michael J. Blum, George H. Stewart, Jr., James H. Houston, Jr.,  Gregory D. Ballman, Jeffrey M. Hartman, Robert E. R. Bowers, Shaun P. Smith,  Kenneth G. Carpenter. Not Pictured, Clayton L. Crandall

Compatriot Turner Lee Wilkerson III being installed as the Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard Commander




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Flag Retirement hosted by the American Legion attended by CCSAR


Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR

In the morning at 10 AM on December 3, 2017 the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) joined the Chambers Hautman Budde American Legion Post 534 at their lodge on 4818 River Road for their annual Flag Retirement Ceremony.

American Legion Color Guard members joined their Safety team at the burn pit site, along with the CCSAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard and its 7 member Musket Unit. The Post 534 Commander confirmed readiness of the Flag Retirement Burn Team and requested the verbal assurance that each of the flags to be retired met their service requirements. A Prayer followed with homage to all those who’ve flown these banners and hope for the replacements to be properly honored.

After all units were brought to Attention and “Present Arms” declared, the musket unit fired their flintlocks to set off the actual incineration. A proper and honorable end to our National Colors!



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CCSAR joins 63rd Pearl Harbor Memorial at Anderson Ferry


Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR

At noon on December 3, 2017, the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) joined members of the Chambers Hautman Budde American Legion Post 534, the Hamilton County Sheriffs Pipes & Drums and several other Veterans groups for the 63rd Ceremony to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor and honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The Day that President Roosevelt said on national radio would “live in Infamy.”

The parade from River Road is short in length, but very long on spirit. Supported by the drums and bagpipers playing the themes of United States military units and solemn ceremony to the awaiting barge provided by the Anderson Ferry. Once the vessel is loaded it is powered out on to the Ohio River where a bugler on the barge mirrors a bugler on the shore with a spine tingling rendition of Taps. Following was a proper military prayer and presentation led by the American Legion Post 534 and a rifle salute.

Finally, wreaths were placed on to the water mimicking the ritual one would see on December 7th at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Twenty on this day by groups and individuals made of bio-friendly materials representing heartfelt objectives. Then there is a silence, marked only by the straining engine of the tugboat slowly returning the 70 plus attendees back to shore. Where we all recall and remember the service of those who join the many others that fought suffered and even died so we would remain free.

God bless America!

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Mariemont DAR Honors Vietnam Era Veterans

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the Mariemont Chapter DAR honored thirty-one Vietnam-era veterans and their spouses.

The Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard under Turner Lee Wilkerson, Color Guard Commander and John H. Bredenfoerder, President of the Cincinnati Chapter SAR presented the colors for the event.

Two Compatriots of the Cincinnati Chapter were honored at the event: Gary Duffield and Gerald Knight.

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A gift to the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution


Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR

Members of the CCSAR with Patriot Ancestors who were in the 1st Virginia Regiment in the Revolutionary War made a presentation at the Veterans Day Luncheon held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, In Blue Ash, Ohio on November 11, 2017.

The following is the proclamation which accompanied the presentation:

Take Notice

On this 11th day of November in the year of our lord, two thousand and seventeen let the assembly of Patriots Descendants composing the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution (CCSAR) receive the Regimental Colors of the First Virginia Regiment of Foote and of the Light Dragoon Battalion which was raised in the towne of Williamsburg in the Commonwealth of Virginia on 17 July, 1775.

The Regiment was first commanded by Colonel Patrick Henry and later fought in the battle of Great Bridge, the New York Campaign, Battle of Trenton, Battle of Princeton, Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Germantown, Battle of Monmouth, Battle of Stony Point and the Siege of Charleston.

May these Colors continue to fly in celebration of the courage and commitment of those Patriots who fought so Valiantly and with Honor for the Constitutional Liberty we enjoy still to this day!

These colors are proudly presented by Descendants of the companies of Infantry and Squadrons of Dragoons of the 1st Virginia Regiment.

Three Compatriots appropriately dressed, in Virginia Regimental Attire, brought the Colors forward as the above notice is read to the gathering at the luncheon during the announcements portion of the ceremonial proceedings.

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Making a Cartridge Box

By Compatriot Bradley Jarard

This blog details the steps to produce a revolutionary war cartridge box built similar to extant examples from the early war(shown in the first picture).  These were of simple construction using cut tacks and minimal sewing.

Most commercially bought cartridge boxes w/straps will run you $100 plus, so this is an economical alternative, plus there may be rules from National coming down that anyone participating in musket salutes must have a pouch or box to hold cartridges for safety reasons.  This was true of the CCSSARs recent trip to Saratoga.



image004The first step we’re going to do some summarization. You have to create a wood block with holes for the paper charges.  This can be done with a  solid block of wood or as I have, glued two 2x4s together and then trimmed the block all the way around with a table and miter saw.  I then used a ½ forstner bit to drill offset holes with a drill press.  You can do this with a hand drill but your holes will probably not be straight.

image007Items needed:

  • Wood block with holes (corresponding cartridge dowel what is slightly smaller than the hole, for cartridge rolling)
  • Leather:  I used 3oz black leather that I cut a 2×5 rectangle out of.  This was $30 on ebay.
  • Contact Cement
  • Leather sewing kit
  • Chalk or other manner to mark on the leather
  • Masking tape
  • Cut or Upholstry nails (cheap from Lowes)
  • Linen or leather strap (don’t use cotton, you do all the work at least use a period correct strap)

image008I’ve cut the leather to right angles.  Then I’ve laid out the pattern with tap so you can drape the leather up the sides, don’t worry about being exact…you’ll trim later.  Measure the sides/back/front and use the tape to layout the cuts.  You’re basically just draping the leather around all sides.
DON’T attach the leather at this point though.

image009Mark the rear section and then create strip of leather for the strap holder.  Use contact cement to tack and then sew in place along the sides and middle.

image010Mark the center of the bottom apply contact cement and then sew on a long strip of leather. This will become part of the closure mechanism.  You’ll trim later so make it long.

image011Time to start applying contact cement to one side and along the bottom of the wood block

image012Now apply the contact cement to the leather along one side and the bottom.

image013Once the cement is tacky, place the block on the area you have marked for the bottom and then wrap one side and fold the extra over the front and back.

image014Now coat the other block side and leather in contact cement.

image015Now coat the other block side and leather in contact cement.

image016Next, coat the front side in contact cement along the block leather and the remaining front flap.

image017Once the cement is tacky, fold up the front flap and smooth.

image001Now, trim the boxes cover/overflap (whatever you call it).  Notice I’ve trimmed the outer edge about a ½ inch wider than the box.  Going out a full inch would have also have been doable.

image002Now coat the rear side’s leather in contact cement as well as the leather that will face it.

image003Once tacky, place the rear leather against the back and smooth.

image005This part is optional in its final state.  Based on the thickness of the leather you are using, you can trim the overflap so it comes down about an inch below the box.  In this case, I’ve used 3oz leather…which is somewhat thin.  I’ve applied contact cement and doubled-over the leather(after trimming to the correct length) so I get this same size cover flag, but with double the leather thickness.

You can also trim the end of the leather into a scallop design…or leave straight across.  Both were period correct.

image006Now it’s time to tack the leather down to the wood block.  I’ve shown two types of tack, a cut nail type and a coned tack.  I’ve opted for the cut nail type as it is more historically correct and looks better(more rustic).  Either are extremely cheap at Lowes.

image007Hammer the tacks around the box on all sides.

IMPORTANT:  Make sure the area you are nailing into has wood!  Don’t nail into an area that has a hole drilled…you’ll end up with a nail sticking into the hole!  Also, be careful when nailing so you don’t split the wood, which may be weak due to all of the drilling.

image008Now it’s time to create the closure system.  Either purchase or create a small wood dowel long button.  Here I’ve drilled a small hole through a dowel and then cut it to about an inch in length.

Cut a long, ½ width piece of leather with a slit at one end, pass it through the hold back on itself to fix it to the dowel.  You’ll trim the length soon.

image009Hold the box up and position the closure button on the inside and mark the desired length to close with the flap on the bottom.

Trim the leather strip and place contact cement on the boxes main flap(inside) and the end of the button’s leather.

image010Once the cement is tacky, sew the button’s strip down.

image011If you haven’t already done so, cut a small slit in the bottom closure strip to accept the wood dowel button.

image012This step is optional, based-on if you doubled your leather over to make the main flap.  Punch holes for stitching all the way around with a leather awe.

image013Optional:  Stitch the main flap

image014Now get your linen or leather strap.  Najecki.com has the cheapest hemp linen strapping.  Anywhere around 1 ¼ to 2” is the best.

image015Now sewn your straps around the strap holders on the back. I’ve applied a could tacks to each side to help keep in place.  This is but one method to attach straps and you have some creative leeway here.


The final product, ready to hold cartridges.  Remember, you must have a wood dowel that is slightly smaller in diameter than your box holes.  This is a fun project that produces a nice, period looking box.

You can also do what many early-war minutemen and militia did.  Take an existing leather pouch and place a drilled block of wood in.  Then nail the sides all the way around.


If you need a drilled-block created for your existing leather bag or pouch, please reach out to compatriot Brad Jarard

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