Members of the Chautauqua County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution met at the Chatterbox Restaurant in Jamestown on Jan. 24.
Chapter President Steve Boothe opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag and concluded the meeting with the SAR pledge.
President Boothe gave a presentation about the Battle of Trenton, N.J. , at which time General George Washington's Continental Army captured about 1,000 Hessian soldiers just after Christmas. The Hessian commander, Col. Johann Rall, lost his life in the battle.
Member Doug Arters talked briefly about the discovery of a cannon, found in an Alabama museum, which had been manufactured at a foundry near London, England, and used by British General Johnny Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga in 1781. The cannon was returned to the museum at Saratoga.
For the upcoming February meeting, the SAR chapter will watch a DVD presentation by SAR member Travis Bowman, descendent of the famous Peter Francisco, who became known as the "Hercules of the American Revolution." Francisco had been kidnapped by pirates at the tender age of 4. His father had been a public official in Portugal. Francisco was take in and raised by Patrick Henry's Uncle Winston, a judge in the region. Francisco grew up and joined the Continental Army. General George Washington, on discovering Francisco's height, about 6'7", had a special 5' sword made for him.
The next SAR meeting is set for Feb. 8, starting at 10 a.m. at the Chatterbox Restaurant, Fluvanna Ave. Extension, Greenhurst. The restaurant accepts cash and checks for payments. Former members and guests are invited to attend. For more information, call Arters at 490-3880 or Boothe at 574-7995.