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Maryland Society SAR Through the Years

1907-

 

The Maryland Society, in September, 1907, restored and re-erected the tablet originally put in place in 1894 on the building in Baltimore, destroyed by fire in February, 1904, where the Continental Congress met during the Revolutionary War.

 

On Saturday, October 19, “Peggy Stewart Day,” the Society went to Annapolis to assist the Daughters of the American Revolution in marking a tree on the campus of St. John’s College, to be known as the Liberty Tree.  Under it Generals Washington and Lafayette are said to have held conferences prior to the Yorktown campaign.

 

1909-

 

The Maryland Society, through its several committees, was most actively at work for several months in arranging for the annual Congress.  The result of their labor was the largest Congress in the history of the National Society, entertained in a most hospitable manner.  The activity during the year resulted in a large increase in membership and the winning of the “Traveling Banner.”

 

The Maryland Society held its annual meeting at Hotel Belvedere, Baltimore, on October 19.

 

The Society received a set of handsomely engrossed and framed resolutions from the New Jersey Society, thanking the Maryland Society for its hospitable entertainment at the last Congress at Baltimore and Annapolis.

 

Historian Bibbins reported as of special local interest the restoration of Mount Clare, the oldest pre-Revolutionary memorial in Baltimore, to its original design, as built by Charles Carroll, the barrister, in 1756.  Carroll was one of the most distinguished men of his time and the author, in part, of most of the conspicuous State documents, the Maryland Declaration of Rights and the State Constitution.  The Society purposes to gather in pamphlet form all available data regarding the Maryland signers of the Declaration, with photographs of the signers themselves, their homes and graves.

 

Vice-President James E. Hancock read a paper on “The Development of the Southern Campaign that Led up to the Surrender at Yorktown,” including the surrender of Cornwallis and the closing of the war by the signing of the treaty of peace between England and the United States.  The reader gave an epitome of the battles of Cowpens, Kings Mountain and Guilford Courthouse, of Greene’s retreat through the Carolinas, of Cornwallis’ retiring to Wilmington and to Yorktown, and of the final master stroke of Washington and Lafayette in surrounding Cornwallis at Yorktown and forcing his surrender.

 

Dr. Igelhart exhibited several photographs of the home of Charles Carroll, of Carrollton, portraits of him and his wife, and photographs of the chapel and monument in the Doughoregan Manor, in which Carroll was buried.

 

1910-

 

The Maryland Society strongly commends the suggestion of its Vice-President, George W. Hyde, that all bands on vessels leaving and entering the harbor of Baltimore play “The Star Spangled Banner” when passing Fort McHenry.  It is the judgment of the Society that such a custom would be “a timely and fitting tribute to the National Hymn, as well as a forceful reminder to all persons passing Fort McHenry of that historic spot, and of the successful repulse of the British which inspired the distinguished Marylander,  Francis Scott Key, to write the song which is now the inspiration of the Nation.