DAR essays tell of forgotten Revolutionary War patriots
Esther de Berdt founded the Philadelphia Ladies Association to aid the American Revolutionary War effort; Prince Esterbrooks, an African-American, fought at the Battles of Lexington and Concord; Emily Geiger delivered a message from Gen. Nathaniel Greene to Gen. Thomas Sumter; James Armistead Lafayette was an African-American spy; Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man, Robert Shurtliff, in order to fight; Nathan Futrell (age 7), William Diamond, Rufus Landon and Charles Marriman were drummer boys.
These heroes were only some of the lesser known or "Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence" about whom fifth through eighth grade students wrote in this year's Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay contest.
The Martintown Road Chapter celebrated National History month by recognizing the four winning essayists at its February meeting.
The fifth grade winner, Katherine Poole, is from Our Lady of Peace; sixth grade winner, Pete Patrick Carroll, is also an OLP student as is seventh grade winner, Tommy Touch Carroll; Alivia John Brew from Langley Bath Clearwater Middle School was the eighth grade winner.
Gwen Spivey, chairman of the chapter's American History Committee, sent the four essays to SCDAR earlier this month for judging against others from their grade levels with the possibility of going forward to the S.E. Regional and National levels, as well.
Special thanks to Monica Sauter, Jennifer Attaway and chapter members Gwen Spivey and Barbara Graybill for reading the essays and selecting the winners.
Also recognized was the 2012-13 DAR Good Citizen Scholarship and Award winner from Midland Valley High School, Holly Brooke Rittenberry.
Rittenberry's application and essay is also being judged at the state level and may advance to regional and national review. The committee would like to thank judges Connie Herlong and Ernest McPeake.The chapter thanks all students who participated, teachers who encouraged them and administrators who supported them.
The 2013-14 American History essay title is "The Lives of Children during the American Revolution." Information will be forwarded to schools early next school year.
Any woman 18 or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for DAR membership. Visit Martintown Road Chapter's website at www.rootsweb.com/~scmrcdar.