President David Whaley and genealogist Stanley Evans discussed the life of a militia soldier, weaponry and the formation of the Continental Military during the Revolutionary War.
Dressed in the time period attire of militia men, Whaley examined the historical significance of the militia during the war and a typical day for a soldier. The students were eager to not only hear the stories, but to witness in person what life was like for soldiers during that time.
Following Whaley, Evans discussed the formation of the Continental Military. Dressed as a naval officer, Evans described the process of recruiting, training and arming the military.
Evans also examined key battles and innovations that gave hope to the cause and victory to the patriots. This included the Battle of Kings Mountain and how early Tennessee settlers defeated a British force quickly and decisively.
The presentation concluded with a time for students to see and touch historical pieces from the time period. Inspired students and teachers were enthralled to hold and see Continental currency, tools, and even a cannon ball fired at Bunker Hill.
The students and faculty at Blythe-Bower Elementary School were truly grateful to the Colonel Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of SAR. Its members’ willingness to volunteer and inspire young minds will undoubtedly have a lasting impact.