Join us at the North Carolina State Capitol for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The Raleigh Color Guard will participate in ceremonial events such as presenting the colors, laying a wreath at the George Washington statue on the grounds, and then retiring the colors. After the ceremony, we will proceed to the Museum of History to ring the Liberty Bell 13 times.
Fourth of July annual Independence Day Celebration:
Membership Dress: The dress is casual for Non-Color Guard members.
Capitol East Entrance:
11:00 a.m. Raleigh Concert Band
12:00 p.m. Ceremony begins outdoors
Capitol will be open for self-guided tours from 11-3.
The day will host a ceremony that includes a reading from the Declaration of Independence and a wreath-laying at the George Washington monument by the Sons of the American Revolution. Raleigh Concert Band will be performing. Bring your chairs and a picnic lunch! The ceremony begins outdoors at noon. And to celebrate America’s independence, the Capitol will have birthday cupcakes at 1:00, for as long as supplies last.
Join in a variety of activities!!
Join us at the NC SAR Raleigh Chapter Table to celebrate our country’s birthday!!!
The Colson’s Mill Chapter, NC Society Sons of the American Revolution Cordially invites you to participate in the 242nd Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Colson’s Mill
Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 11 am
Location: Norwood Community Building, 247 West Turner St, Norwood, NC 28128
The public is cordially invited to attend a commemoration honoring the men who chased the British out of Yadkin-Pee Dee River Valley.
Tentative Schedule of Events
11 am Registration for Attending Chapters
NCSSAR Color Guard Presentation of Colors
Recognition of Guests
Battle of Colson’s Mill Memorial and Wreath Laying
1130 am Lunch Buffet (Donations Accepted)
Guest Speaker: TBA
Dismissal and Recession
History of the Battle of Colson’s Mill
In the spring of 1780 General Cornwallis’ victories in South Carolina had created enough excitement in North Carolina to inspire a loyalist force to emerge in the Yadkin River Valley under the leadership of Colonel Samuel Bryan.
About June 30 Bryan and nearly 800 men began marching south down the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Valley toward Cheraw, there to join up with British forces.
American General Griffith Rutherford ordered his adjutant, Colonel William Lee Davidson, and about 200 men to pursue the Tories, and a race ensued down the Yadkin River Valley. Believing themselves to be out of harm’s way and close enough to Cornwallis’ headquarters to prevent attack, Bryan’s Tories pitched camp near an inn and a mill on the Cheraw Road called Colson’s.
However, Colonel Davidson had no intention of letting the loyalists escape and on the morning of July 21 he surprised the enemy and drove the loyalists into the woods—and back to their homes. Davidson thus denied Cornwallis an addition of nearly 1000 troops and effectively broke any remaining loyalist sympathies along the Yadkin River Valley.
For more information, contact Colson’s Mill Chapter President Daniel Burleson