SAR Chapter Honors its Namesake

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Provided by Sons of the American Revolution Colonel WIlliam Grayson Chapter

It was neither a “rainy night in Georgia” nor the terrible winter at Valley Forge in 1777-1778, but it was a cold, wet, rainy, snowy, windy day here in Northern Virginia. However, that did not stop the Colonel William Grayson Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) from honoring its namesake, Colonel William Grayson, on the 232nd anniversary of his death, March 12, 1790. Chapter President Ross Schwalm presented the chapter wreath. Other wreath presenters included Mike Weyler representing the Order of the Founders and Patriots, John Thomas from the SAR Fairfax Resolves Chapter, and Beth Atkinson representing the Bill of Rights Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.William Grayson (1740 – March 12, 1790) was a soldier, lawyer, and statesman. Grayson practiced law in Prince William County, and is frequently mentioned as a guest at Mount Vernon, and as a hunting companion of George Washington. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, Grayson served as a captain of the local militia, but left the Virginia forces to become an aide-de-camp to General Washington. He later took command of one of the sixteen regiments of the Continental Army. After a bloody battle at Monmouth, New Jersey that virtually destroyed his entire regiment, Grayson went on to serve on the Board of War. After the war, Grayson served as a member of the Continental Congress, and was later one of Virginia’s first two Senators. He was interred in the Grayson family vault in Woodbridge on a hill overlooking Marumsco Creek.The Colonel William Grayson Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, which serves Prince William County and western Fairfax County, periodically stages events to honor William Grayson and other patriot ancestors. Membership in the Sons of the American Revolution is open to the lineal descendant of a Revolutionary War soldier, sailor or Patriot. This includes persons who not only fought in the military or militia, but who also may have provided supplies, medical aid, signed oaths of Faith and Fidelity and similar acts. Contact the chapter’s registrar Michael Blythe for help in applying for membership.


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