129th Annual State Meeting
at the 1st Company Governor’s Footguard Armory
in Hartford

On Saturday, Stephen Z. Taylor was sworn in has the newest state president of the Connecticut SAR. President-General John T. “Jack” Manning and his lovely wife Shelia were our guests.  PG Manning gave the oath of office to all new state officers present. Outgoing State Secretary Paul Selnau was awarded the Patriot medal by outgoing State President Damien Cregeau.  Compatriot Cregeau was elected to fill the open position of State Secretary and received the Meritorious Service medal for his 3-years as State President.

Following the business meeting, elections and luncheon. Youth award recipients for Knight Essay, Eagle Scout, JROTC and our newest youth contest, Rumbaugh Orations were presented with their medals, certificates and monetary awards following the reading of their essays or orations speech.

Special thanks goes out to the 1st Company Governor’s Footguard for the use of the Armory and to Compatriot & Footguard member Todd Unkefer who made these arrangements and also catered the event.

Photo albums from Saturday.

Photos courtesy of Rich Kendall: https://photos.app.goo.gl/818ak3F22gorhbJo6

Photos courtesy of Lydia Cumbee: https://photos.app.goo.gl/hDAd9MbUdoR9DauL6

Photos courtesy of Barbara Stewart: https://photos.app.goo.gl/StuBhAvK2nP1f163A

Connecticut SAR Member Creates New National Logo

State President Damien Cregeau presented a check for $5,000 from NSSAR to Compatriot Stephen Harrington of the Rev. Ebenezer Baldwin Branch No.9 at the State All-Member Meeting in Hartford in November 2020 for his successful creation of the new SAR national logo (shown at left). New logo merchandise can be found at the following link:  https://store.sar.org/2021-sar-logo-c51.aspx

Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is excited to announce that this contest is open to all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution. The contest is for all students attending public, parochial, private or home school students in that same grade range. The preliminary rounds of the contest begin at the local level, students may potentially advance to the state or national levels where scholarships and cash prizes are awarded.

Each student’s five-to-six-minute speech (and accompanying manuscript) will be judged based upon its composition, delivery, significance, and historical accuracy and relevance.

The Connecticut Society award for 1st Place is $500 cash and an Olympic-sized medal.

At the National level:
First Place Winner receives $6,000; the 2nd Place Runner-up receives $4,000; and the 3rd Place Runner-up receives $2,000 cash prize. Each also receives an Olympic-sized medal. All other finalists (4th through 6th Place runners-up) are awarded $500 cash and all other national contestants are awarded $200 cash.

An informational flyer and the contest forms can be found at our national website link below.
Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest – National Society Sons of the American Revolution (sar.org)

The state application deadline is March 31st, all judging will take place during April either in-person or virtually due to Covid concerns.  All interested applicants should reach out to the local SAR contact listed below for further details.

Primary Contact for Connecticut Entries:
Mr. David J. Perkins
NSSAR Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration State Chairman
Email: DPerkins8@att.net
On Veterans Day 2020, five members of the Capt. Nathan Hale Branch No. 6 honored the final resting place of Patriot David Dart in Waterford, CT. In uniform were Fred Rivard, James Rothgeb, and Tyler Smith with Stephen Taylor and David Jones of the Hale Branch also in attendance.

NSSAR 250th Anniversary 1776-2026 Lapel Pin 

The NSSAR America 250th SAR Committee has authorized the sale of this pin with the support of the Connecticut Society of the SAR.

More details on how to purchase these pins, please click this link


Grave Marking and Plaque Dedication in Derby of 54 Patriots Derby – Oct 17th, 2020

General David Humphreys Branch #1 convened a Grave Marking Ceremony Honoring 54 Revolutionary War Patriots at the Old Uptown Burial Ground in Derby, CT on Saturday with over 65 people attended on a sunny fall morning.

The program included a Posting of the Colors by the Connecticut Line.  Opening remarks were made by  Ethan Stewart, Sr. Branch President.  The CT-SAR 1st Vice President Stephen Taylor provided greetings from the State Society.  Although he could not attend, a Proclamation was read and received by the Mayor of Derby, CT Richard Dziekan.  Greetings from the DAR were given by Connecticut State Regent Christy Hendrie.

To read the full article and see photos, please click on the link below.

Full Article, Photos Albums and Legacy Song
Event Program


239th Anniversary of the Battle of Groton Heights

On Sunday September 6th, the 16 members of the Connecticut Line, along with members of the Capt. Nathan Hale Branch No. 6 commemorated the 239th anniversary of the battle with a grave marking ceremony at the Colonel Ledyard cemetery where we honored Col. Ledyard and installed new SAR grave markers near the headstones of five other patriots and followed by a 3-volley musket salute by 13 members of the Connecticut Line to honor these men.

Grave Marking at the Col. Ledyard Cemetery:

Following the grave marking, there was a shorter version of the usual ceremony inside Ft. Griswold.  In attendance at both events was New England District President Bob Walsh of the NH-SAR.  After walking the grounds of the fort the ceremony commenced with the reading of the names of the 88 defenders who died.  Capt. Nathan Hale Branch President Stephen Taylor along with NED President Bob Walsh placed a wreath at the site of Col. Ledyard’s death inside the fort at the hands of the British officer who captured the fort following its surrender.  The ceremony ended with 3-volley salute from the raised platform on the south-east earthen wall facing the Thames River and New London.

239th Anniversary of Battle of Groton Heights:

Eagle Scout Awards and New Member Swearing-In Event

On Sunday July 26 at Putnam State Park in Redding – Two Eagle Scouts were recognized for participating in the SAR Eagle Scout Contest this year. They were Stephen Zigmond of Troop 15 in Redding and Spencer Carlson of Troop 76 in Ridgefield.  In addition, Steve Leavy of South Salem was sworn-in as a new member of the SAR in the Rev. Baldwin Branch No. 9 and presented with his membership rosette.


Independence Day in Connecticut 2020

The Connecticut Line, CTSSAR Color Guard Living History Unit celebrating Independence Day 2020 by marking the graves of 5 Patriots in Crary Cemetery, Groton CT. In a addition, the SAR Military Service Medal was presented to Compatriot Alexander Metz by the Hale Branch President, Stephen Taylor. Huzzah!

American Revolutionary Patriots Honored: Capt. Daniel Hubbard Burrows, Jr.; Capt. Nathan Crary, Jr.; John Babcock; Sergeant Daniel Eldredge/Eldridge; and William Holdredge.

Photographs by Adele Bausor and Sean Walsh

Eagle Scout Presentations and Grave Marking Ceremony for Major General Joseph Spencer at the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse in East Haddam by the Captain Nathan Hale Branch No.6 – Saturday June 06, 2020

On Saturday the Captain Nathan Hale Branch No. 6 hosted two Eagle Scout Presentations and performed a Patriot Grave Marking ceremony honoring Major General Joseph Spencer who is buried on the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse property overlooking the Connecticut River in East Haddam.  The Eagle Scout presentations were arranged by State Eagle Scout Chairman, Tim Wilkins and Branch President Stephen Taylor.  Leading the grave marking ceremony was Major Tyler Smith, along with Jim Rothgeb and Real Property Steward, Dave Packard.  The Connecticut Line under the Command of Col. Dave Perkins provided a 3-volley musket salute.  Following the Eagle Scout presentations and the Patriot Grave Marking, 2nd VP Tim Wilkins was awarded his Patriot Grave Marking medal for his involvement in state grave markings over the past four years.  Following the event, Past State President Ethan Stewart showed off the newest state challenge coin for the 240th anniversary of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route 1780-1782.

Photo Gallery was provided by Barbara Stewart, DAR: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2ve6AHYwvDydpyL39

Real Property Committee Meeting – 06 June 2020

Following the ceremonies, the committee met to review plans for 2020 outside the schoolhouse under one of white oaks.  L to R: Jim Rothgeb, Stephen Taylor, Real Property Steward Dave Packard, Josh Taylor, and in coming State Treasurer Ted Nelson.

Gov. Jonathan Trumbull Branch 13 – Chartered Oct 5, 2019

L to R: Compatriots Russ Wirtalla, PG John “Jack” Manning, Damien Cregeau and Paul Selnau

Saturday Oct 5th, President-General John T. “Jack” Manning presided over the the chartering ceremony for the Gov. Jonathan Trumbull Branch No. 13 at the War Office in Lebanon.  Following the oath of office given by PG Manning to State President Damien Cregeau and State Secretary Paul Selnau who will be the new branch officers, PG Manning toured the War Office and both the Gov. Trumbull house and that of his son, Jonathan Trumbull, Jr.

For additional information on this event and other Color Guard Activity.

2019 NSSAR Fall Leadership – New England members

From L. to R. VPG Tim Mabee-VT, Wayne Mallar-ME, Bob Bossart-MA, Kevin Mullen-VT, PG John T. “Jack” Manning-NH, Dave Perkins-CT, Bill Battles-MA, Ethan Stewart-CT, Richard Brockway-NH

238th Anniversary of the Battle of Groton Heights

Sunday September 1st, 2019

Members of The Connecticut Line along with Capt. Nathan Hale Branch President Stephen Taylor participated in two ceremonies commemorating the 238th Anniversary of the Battle.

Link to Photos: Ceremony at Colonel Ledyard’s Cemetery and Ceremony inside Ft. Griswold


Celebrating the  240th Anniversary of the

Invasion of New Haven on July 5th, 1779

On Saturday July 13, we celebrated the 240th Anniversary of the Invasion of New Haven.  It was a great success. We had over 75 people attend this event along with the Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven. There was also an encampment of the Connecticut Line on the top of Beacon Hill next to the 1812 bunker which was surrounded by Fort Wooster, which no longer exist.  We had a combined 3-volley musket salute after the unveiling of the new tablet. Refreshments were served by the Friends of Fort Wooster and the New Haven Museum.  There are many people that came together to make this event happen and I would like to thank you all.  Special Thanks to the SAR George Washington Endowment Fund for providing the funding for the new tablet.
Ethan A. Stewart, Sr.
Past Connecticut SAR President
General David Humphreys Branch No. 1 Secretary

Program Booklet: Event Program
Link to Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/rSCax7TvgZMJwzBs6
Link to Song: https://youtu.be/Y_Bof4TDBzg
Link to Musket Salute: https://youtu.be/yuRJ_39wyeY
Link to Speech by Mayor Toni Harp: Speech



Celebrating 250 Years of Liberty

 Enjoy this Facebook link to 250th activity across the SAR



New Signage in East Haddam for the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse

On May 8, Real Property Steward, Dave Packard along with his son John, installed the new signage at the Nathan Hale School House just inside the stone wall entrance way to the property.  The graphics were done by Camaro Signs of Norwich. The material were purchased from Montville Hardware and Lowe’s in Waterford.  Funding came from the property budget and a donation from the Nathan Hale Chapter DAR.

244th Anniversary (April 19, 1775), Patriots Day 2019 in Concord, MA


Members of the Connecticut Line marching towards North Bridge during the 3-mile parade route in Concord.  Despite early morning thunderstorms, the rain stopped and a good time was had by all who participated in the events of the day, including our young drummer boy.

Link to pictures from parade: Patriot Day Pictures by Lydia Cumbee

November 10 Grave Marking of Daniel Jackson and the dedication of the new entrance way and memorial marker at the Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery in Stratford, CT

Grave Marking and Dedication Program
Pictures from the Daniel Jackson Grave Marking Ceremony and Entrance way Dedication – Set 1
Pictures from the Daniel Jackson Grave Marking Ceremony and Entrance way Dedication – Set 2

October 20 Grave Marking of Captain Elisha Beach of Hebron, CT by the Connecticut Line and the New Hampshire Color Guard – Patriot Ancestor of New Hampshire State President Russell Beach Cumbee

Pictures from the Capt. Elisha Beach Grave Marking Ceremony

Recent State Color Guard Events in September    

243rd Anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill

Members of the Connecticut Line participated in the commemorative exercises in Charlestown, Massachusetts on Sunday June 17th along with members of the MASSAR Color Guard. Following an memorial service at Church of St. Frances de Sales, we paraded up Bunker Hill Street to the Bunker Hill Monument grounds where the annual commemorative exercises are held, which concludes with a 3 volley musket salute and a wreath laying at the Connecticut and New Hampshire gates. Following the days events, the Connecticut Line had lunch at Warren Tavern before starting our journey home!

Pictures from Bunker Hill Bunker Hill Program Bunker Hill Site Map
See Facebook below for addition pictures and video.

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Connecticut SAR – Annual Meeting in Wethersfield

At the meeting on April 21, the following State Officers were elected for the 2018-2019 term of office:

State President . . . . . . . . . . Damien M. Cregeau Registrar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gregory E. Thompson
1st Vice President . . . . . . . . Tyler D. Smith Chaplain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .William J. Lane Jr
2nd Vice President . . . . . . . Timothy C. Wilkins Historian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gary S. Pitcock
Recording Secretary . . . . . . Paul H. Selnau Chancellor . . . . . . . . . . . . . .William P. Fenn
Corresponding Secretary . . . David J. Perkins Auditors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ian T. King/Eric F. King
Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Donald T. Studley Assistant Treasurer. . . . . . .Richard W. Kendall
National Trustee . . . . . . . . . .Kenneth D. Roach
Alternate National Trustee . . David J. Perkins Pictures from the Annual Meeting

In addition to the State Officer elections, we also had Youth Awards for Eagle Scout and JROTC, with each winner receiving a medal and certificate along with a check for $500.

For their service to the SAR, the following medals were awarded: Patriot medal was presented to outgoing state president Ethan Stewart; Silver Roger Sherman medal to Paul Selnau and Meritorious Service medal to David Packard. Patriot Grave Marking medals were also presented to Tyler Smith and David Packard.

The highlight of the day was the presentation of the State’s 1st Challenge Coin to several of the State Officers by President Ethan Stewart. The rest of the 50 coins were purchased by the members present at a cost of $10 per coin. An additional 100 coins have since been ordered and are available for sale. Please contact Ethan Stewart for more information at sarethan@optonline.net

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2017 ‘Wreaths Across America’ in Lebanon, Milford and Bantam

Members of the 7th CT Regiment along with Dan Dudley participated in ‘Wreaths Across America’ at the Lebanon War Monument and also honored Governor Huntington at his burial site. The Lebanon Militia joined us at both locations. CT Color Guard members in uniform were Dave Packard, Dan Dudley, Jim Rothgeb, and Tyler Smith. WAA Pictures from Lebanon See Facebook below for addition pictures and video.

The General David Humphreys Branch participated in the ‘Wreaths Across America’ ceremony with the Freelove Baldwin Stow Chapter DAR. (Regent Barbara Stewart) We had 8 Branch members present. Ethan Stewart Sr., Ethan Stewart Jr., Bill Lane, Rich Kendall, Bob Donahue, Dave Walker and Mike Chuckta. For the first time the Capt. David Humphreys Company Second Regiment Ct. Line 1783 was present. Two members of Humphreys Color Guard participated which were Mike Chuckta and Bob Donahue. Also participated was the State Color Guard Commander David Perkins. They finished off the ceremony with a 3-volley salute. Milford Mayor Ben Blake and State Reps. Pam Staneski and Charles Ferraro were guest speakers. The Freelove Baldwin Stow Chapter raised enough money to purchase 120 Wreaths ($15.00 each) which were placed on Veterans graves by all the people present. WAA Pictures from Milford

We had a very cold and well attended Ceremony yesterday in Bantam, all branches of the service were represented for the placement of seven wreaths. In addition to several DAR and SAR members, and the general public, we also had two early teens dressed in WW I period clothing. It made for a very successful ceremony. The following members of the Wolcott Detachment were present: Paul Selnau, Ken Buckbee, Derek Brockhoff, John King, Martin Spring, Jim Klaneski, and Doug Grove.

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Christmas Tree Lighting on the Lebanon Green with members of the Connecticut Line Color Guard at the Gov. Trumbull War Office

The event included the lighting of the tree, Christmas Carols, and a visit from Santa. Following the program, visitors were able to stroll around the Green on the candlelit walking path, visit the historic homes which were open for tours and enjoy the bonfire behind the Library.

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Veterans Day 2017 in Torrington with members of the Wolcott Branch

Members of the Gov. Oliver Wolcott, Sr. Branch participated with various other patriotic and military organizations in a Veterans Day program by placing wreaths to honor our veterans. Color Guard members, Jim Klaneski and Jon King, represented the SAR at the ceremony which was held at Coe Park in Torrington, Connecticut on November 11, 2017. The Torrington Veterans Support Committee organizes this ceremony annually.

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Nathan Hale Award Presentation at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday September 30, 2017

The CT-SAR established the Nathan Hale Award in the Fall of 2015. It is a cash award given to a cadet who excels in Security Studies. Providing the award is a way of recognizing the USCGA as the only service academy in Connecticut and thanking them for their continuing support of the CT-SAR by having cadets participate in our annual fall cleanup at the Nathan Hale School House in East Haddam. Naming the award after Nathan Hale is appropriate since the USCGA is in New London, one of the two locations where he taught. Presenting the award to a cadet who excels in Security Studies connects to Nathan Hale’s role as a spy. The award is presented at the USCGA’s Parents’ Weekend Fall Awards Ceremony. The recipient for this year was 1st Class Cadet Andrew Brown. Fall Cleanup East HaSAR State President Ethan A. Stewart, Sr. (l) and DAR State Regent Alice E. Ridgway (r) hosted a joint grave marking ceremony at the Christ Episcopal Church cemetery for 18 revolutionary war patriots buried there. Mayor John A. Harkins (c) of Stratford read proclamations for the effort put fore by both organizations. Following a speech by Connecticut SAR 1st VP Damien Cregeau on patriot and signer of the U.S. Constitution William Samuel Johnson, a wreath was laid at the head of the new SAR/DAR marker unveiled earlier that day. The Connecticut Line / Living History unit and the 6th Connecticut Regiment did a combined 3 volley musket salute and Connecticut State o

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SAR Flag certificate presented to the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield – 12 June 2017

State awards chairmen Dave Perkins presented the SAR Flag certificate on behalf of the Connecticut SAR to Hilary Micalizzi, President of the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield on Sunday June 12th. Also present was Sara Champion of the DAR Drum Hill Chapter, who is a member of the board of directors for the museum. The Keeler Tavern was a major host during the recent Battle of Ridgefield reenactment in April.

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NSSAR Alexander Hamilton Award – 16 May 2017

1/C Frederick M. Scott V was presented with the Alexander Hamilton Award by Wayne Mallar, Vice President-General for the New England district. Fred was a member of the Glee Club, was class President for 2 years. He also had 10 members of his family including his fiance there the awards ceremony and graduation on Wednesday. They live in Southborough, Massachusetts. Fred’s first duty station is in Boston, followed by duty in Panama Canal and Columbia. State President Ethan Stewart along with past VPG Doug Wood attended the awards ceremony.

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240th Anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield – April 27, 1777

The Connecticut Line took part in the re-enactment along Main Street in Ridgefield on Saturday April 29th. With about 100 American and British soldiers in total, the battle was a huge success. The sponsor of the event was Jerusalem Masonic Lodge #49 of Ridgefield. The links below with take you to pictures & videos & news of the battle:
CTSSAR Pictures & Video
Keeler Tavern
Danbury Newstimes
You tube video – Battle of Ridgefield

Photos: Barbara Stewart, DAR

Participating Blue Star Museum