At the end of each of our Chapter meetings, we stand in honor of our Patriot and say his or her name, and identify the state where he or she served. But how much do we know about our Patriot? What was his or her home and family life like? His or her occupation? What about his or her experiences in the Revolutionary War? Did he or she receive a battlefield promotion or serve with another family member? Did he or she suffer depredation, imprisonment, wounds, or even death? What battles was he or she engaged in and under whose command did they serve, or what service to the country was performed? How did your Patriot’s family cope during the war years? Was your Patriot able to secure a pension or land grant? What was their financial position? What happened after the war? Perhaps you had prepared to share about your Patriot during our Chapter’s Patriot Minute, or you found some interesting excerpts about those long ago battles, or maybe you have discovered some facts relating to your Patriot’s people, occupation, music, clothing, or food from those years. This document provides an opportunity for you to share your research, knowledge, and even photographs about your Patriot with our Chapter and others, preserving your Patriot’s story. Please, use this living document to flesh out your Patriot’s life. For some research hints, move ahead to pages 35 – 47 and see a sample on page 21. Type up what you have learned about your Patriot and email it to me. I will be happy to update our Chapter’s “I Stand in Honor” document for you.
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