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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NHCS-TV Partners with Daughters of the American Revolution to Present The History of the U.S. Constitution Beginning January 5th

Stamp Defiance Chapter, NSDAR, Wilmington, NC

For immediate release
1/5/2015 2:30 p.m.

NHCS-TV Partners with Daughters of the American Revolution to Present The History of the U.S. Constitution Beginning January 5th
New Hanover County Schools-TV and the Stamp Defiance Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are proud to present The History of the U.S. Constitution educational series beginning Monday, January 5, 2015. This exciting and thought-provoking series begins with the first English colonists to arrive in North America. The documentary examines the colonists’ achievements in developing forms of representative government that led to the writing of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. During the course of this eight-part documentary, viewers discover just how these documents have protected the American people from the abuses of power and tyranny and how the principles set forth by the U.S. Constitution have empowered Americans to excel and aspire to greatness for over two centuries.
This educational series is made possible by the generous financial support of the Stamp Defiance Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The chapter is dedicated to historical preservation, promotion of education and the encouragement of patriotic endeavor. DAR promotes American history throughout the year by honoring historically significant people, places and events. They also support a variety of educational programs, contests and awards and encourage family history research.

Hosted by actor Jeff Fahey, the History of the U.S. Constitution will air beginning Monday, January 5, 2015, on The Learning Network, Time Warner Cable Channel 5 and Charter Cable Channel 191 on Mondays at 8:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

239th Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Battlefield

Saturday, February 21st, was a cold day to start with but warmed up nicely during the procession at Moores Creek.  Brunswick Town banner was carried by Regent Jackie Craft and members Cindy Sellers, Brenda Harriss,  Kathy Miller, Vicki Kay, and Carol Jutte marched along. A wreath was laid at the Women’s Monument by the Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter.  This monument commemorates the action of Polly Slocum, who according to legend rode 65 miles alone at night to tend to the Patriots wounded after the battle.  Also a wreath was placed at the Loyalist Monument.  The Brunswick Town Chapter wreath was placed at Col. James Moore who was Commander of the Patriot troops.

The following information taken from the Moores Creek National Park web site:
"King George and Broadswords!”

Loyalists were unaware of what they would encounter as they charged across a partially dismantled Moores Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776. Just beyond the bridge nearly 1,000 North Carolina patriots waited quietly with cannons and muskets poised to fire. This dramatic victory ended British rule in the colony forever. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Michael Elliot presented a program on the use of parachute jumping to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder at the February 11th DAR meeting.

The February 11, 2015 DAR Brunswick Town Chapter meeting was held at Brunswick Electric in Shallotte, NC. The guest speaker was Michael Elliot and Louise Cantrell.

Michael Elliot, tandem jumped with President Bush three times, presented a program on the use of parachute jumping to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD is a mental health disorder. It is a condition that's triggered by a terrifying event- either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, uncontrollable thought about the event. He is the founder of “All Veteran Parachute Team”.  Louise Cantrell, who went through the program, explained how it helped her after the loss of her husband and two daughters in a tragic fire.  Louise also talked about the foundation “Dancing Angels” that she has founded to honor her daughters. The chapter gave Mr. Elliot a donation to his foundation along with member’s personal donations to both Mr. Elliot and Louise Cantrell’s foundations. 

Mike Elliott and Jackie Craft holding a framed picture of a helicopter that
 was used in one of the parachute jumps.

 Louise Cantrell talked about the foundation “Dancing Angels” 
that she has founded to honor her daughters.   

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Honor Your Patriot

"DAR Brunswick Town Chapter would like to honor our members patriots on a monthly basis. And, we'll need your help and participation to this carry out this endeavor! Our Revolutionary War patriots, the 1st American soldiers and veterans, should receive individual recognition for their brave service in gaining our country's independence. Of course, we know our patriots names and demographics, but what else do we know? What were patriot war experience like? What kind of life did they return to after war? Did patriots receive the promised rewards of their enlistment contracts? Pensions? Bounty land? While we might not have their photographs, we have photographed grave markers. A lot of these gravestones can be found at, and other places on line. Here's what you can do -- Send a brief bio and tombstone photograph of your patriot for Brunswick Town Chapter members to read. Let's individually honor our 1st veterans! Submit your information and JPEG photo via email to Jane Del Rosso-Freach at <>."

Thank you again and best regards,

Jane Freach
Public Relations and Media Committee

Gravestone Inscriptions: Neil Culbreth B CA 1740 IN SCOTLAND D 1828 IN SAMPSON CO WIFE MARTHA B JAN 10 1753 IN EDGECOMBE CO ..., located in Roseboro, Sampson County, NC.

Neil Culbreth (Colbreath), my 5th great-grandfather and American Revolutionary War soldier, was a private. He served on the NC Continental Line, NC Militia. His wife, Martha (aged 91 years on March 1,1845, the date of her application for the war pension) said her husband died in 1825 (his tombstone indicates 1828). From the best of her recollection, Neil served a total of 9 months in 3 month tours. Martha received 14 pounds from the State of North Carolina. Martha's application number was R2112.

The families of Neil Culbreth and Martha Autry are well documented in the early records of North Carolina. The Culbreths were Scots and the Autrys were French by way of Ireland. The Culberths settled in present day Sampson County and the Autrys settled in Edgecombe County. Neil was born in 1740, in Gigha Island, Kintyre, Scotland. At the age of ten, he and his family immigrated to NC. Martha was born on January 31, 1753, in Edgecombe, NC. Neil and Martha had fourteen children, five of whom died in early childhood. Upon his death, Neil, a farmer, owned 1354 acres of land valued at $1073. This land was located in present day Sampson County, on the Black River, near Roseboro. They are both buried in the Neil Culbreth Cemetery, located on Dunn Road/ #1002, Roseboro, NC.

Respectfully submitted,
Jane Del Rosso-Freach
Public Relations and Media Committee

North Carolina Daughters are going to help celebrate 125 years of dedication and service to America.

North Carolina Daughters are going to help celebrate 125 years of dedication and service to America. We are going to Washington, DC, to the 124th Continental Congress. One of the largest delegations from NC will be at Congress this June to witness the newly elected NC State Regent and Vice Regent being installed. We will be there to support our own current State Regent Peggy Troxell as she runs for the office of Vice President General.

Bus Trips!!! Please consider being a part of the fun and fellowship by joining all the other DAR Daughters who are traveling together. There are a few seats left on the two buses chartered for your convenience. Contact the NC Bus Chair Carolyn Borman soon to be a part of these trips. 828-697-7364 OR

The eight-day trip (June 22-29) leaves from Asheville and continues across the state picking up ladies at three more stops. This trip will give you time to take in all the DAR events plus time for sightseeing earlier in the week. This trip allows time on Sunday to attend the Memorial and Installation Services and then a leisurely return trip on Monday. The hotel for this package is the JW Marriott.

The four-day trip (June 25-28) leaves from the Wilmington area stopping at three places up I-40 and I-95. This bus will arrive at Congress in time for you to attend the Thursday evening Education Night Ceremony and returns to NC after the Memorial and Installation Services on Sunday. The hotel for this package is the Marriott at Metro Center.

E-mail Jackie Craft to send you the necessary forms to fill out for Continental Congress. 

American History Essay Contest Winners for 2014

An awards presentation took place on February 9, 2015 during the regular PTA meeting at Cedar Grove Middle School in Supply, NC.   Forty-six students in Grades 6 and 8 took part in an essay-writing contest sponsored by the Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Members, Lynn Deen and Carol Hart, explained that the students were encouraged to explore the topic, “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island” for this year’s contest.
The year 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island as an immigration station. Students were asked to imagine their experiences as they passed through Ellis Island.  On a typical day, immigrants arriving on the island could expect to spend up to seven hours in processing activities intended to determine whether or not they were legally and medically fit to enter the United States.
Each student who wrote an essay was presented with a Certificate of Participation. The essays were judged, and a winner was selected from each grade.  Easton Swain was the winner for the 6th grade.  Zackary Mayo was the winner for the 8th grade. The winners were presented with certificates, a medal for Excellence in American History, and a check for fifty dollars. 

Principal Owens, Carol Hart American History Co-Chair and Lynn Deen American History Co-Chair presented an award at Bolivia Elementary School to the 5th grade winner Jamison McKinley Barker.

The DAR, founded in 1890, is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through education for children.   

Submitted by Carol Hart, American History Co-Chair

150th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson

150th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson
Feb 14, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015, Sat: 9am - 8pm, Sun: 9am - 5pm 
Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson, Winnabow
ADDRESS: 8884 St Phillips Rd SE , Winnabow
PHONE: 910-371-6613
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"Last Stand on the West Bank of the Cape Fear River" - This living history program commemorates the 150th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson.  Events include re-enactments, guided tours, lectures, demos, children's activities, and more.  Dr. Chris Fonvielle will be speaking about the Battery and the Battle of Fort Anderson.  Guided lantern tours of the fort will be held Saturday night from 6-8pm.  Admission is free.  Donations are welcomed and appreciated.
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, Feb. 14th
10:00 am Artillary Demo
10:00 am - 4:30 pm Children/Educational  Activities, Displays, and Demos: Steam Engines of the Civil War, and more 
11:00 am - 11:45 am Dr. Chris Fonvielle: "Southern Battery (Battery B) Tour"
12:00 pm Torpedo Demo
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm Dr. Chris Fonvielle: "To Forge a Thunderbolt: The Battle of Fort Anderson" Lecture
2:00 pm Battle re-enactment
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Paul Shivers: "Northern Battery (Battery A) Tour"
4:00 pm Torpedo Demo
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fort Anderson Lantern Tours
Sunday, Feb 15th
10:30 am Artillery Demos
11:00 am - 3:00 pm Children/Educational  Activities, Displays, and Demos: Steam Engines of the Civil War, and more
11:15 am Torpedo Demo
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Dr. Chris Fonvielle: "To Forge a Thunderbolt: The Battle of Fort Anderson" Lecture
1:00 pm Battle re-enactment
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Paul Shivers: "Northern Battery (Battery A) Tour"
3:30 pm Torpedo Demo

Admission: Free information for this posting credit given to North Carolina's Brunswick Island site.