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125 Years

Who we are


Meet SAR

The SAR, the largest male lineage organization in the U.S., consists of 50 societies with more than 500 local chapters, several international societies and over 34,000 members. SAR is dedicated to assisting our members, schools, teachers and the general public in their efforts to sustain and preserve our history and constitutional principles.

​GENEALOGY

​Genealogy is just the first step in becoming an active member of the organization.  Trace your lineage to a patriot who supported the American cause during the Revolution.​

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Genealogical Research Library

The SAR Genealogical Research Library collection contains over 55,000 items including family histories; local, county, and state records; and online genealogical databases. The Library is open to the public on weekdays from 9:30AM until 4:30PM and on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00AM until 4:00PM.

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The SAR Store

Celebrate your heritage with SAR apparel, medals, historic replicas, personalized items and more. All purchases help support the Sons of the American Revolution's mission of preserving the legacy of our patriot ancestors.

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SAR Center

...Whereas, past Congresses have authorized the raising of funds to build and endow a new library facility at our headquarters complex in Louisville, Kentucky, and furthermore to add educational outreach capabilities, staffed by professionals, targeting both the regional and nation-wide community-at-large...

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SAR Foundation

The SAR Foundation was established in 2000 as the fundraising arm of the SAR. Its first fundraising objective was to lead a capital campaign to build a new library and museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Today, the preservation effort continues.

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Revolutionary War Timeline

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  • The French & Indian War

    From 1754-1763

    The French & Indian War was fought between the colonies of British America and New France, with both sides supported by military units from their parent countries of Great Britain and France, as well as Native American allies. At the start of the war, the French North American colonies had a population of roughly 60,000 European settlers, compared with 2 million in the British North American colonies. The outnumbered French particularly depended on the Indians. Long in conflict, the metropole nations declared war on each other in 1756, escalating the war from a regional affair into an intercontinental conflict.

  • Signing of the Treaty of Paris

    February 10th, 1763

    Ending the Seven Year’s War, also known as the French and Indian War in North America. France ceded all mainland North American territories, except New Orleans, in order to retain her Caribbean sugar islands. Britain gained all territory east of the Mississippi River; Spain kept territory west of the Mississippi, but exchanged East and West Florida for Cuba.

  • Proclamation of 1763

    October 7th, 1763

    Wary of the cost of defending the colonies, George III prohibited all settlement west of the Appalachian mountains without guarantees of security from local Native American nations. The intervention in colonial affairs offended the thirteen colonies' claim to the exclusive right to govern lands to their west.

  • Sugar Act

    April 5th, 1764

    The first attempt to finance the defence of the colonies by the British Government. In order to deter smuggling and to encourage the production of British rum, taxes on molasses were dropped; a levy was placed on foreign Madeira wine and colonial exports of iron, lumber and other goods had to pass first through Britain and British customs. The Act established a Vice-Admiralty Court in Halifax, Nova Scotia to hear smuggling cases without jury and with the presumption of guilt. These measures led to widespread protest.

  • Stamp Act

    March 22nd, 1765

    Seeking to defray some of the costs of garrisoning the colonies, Parliament required all legal documents, newspapers and pamphlets required to use watermarked, or 'stamped' paper on which a levy was placed.

  • Quartering Act

    May 15th, 1765

    Colonial assemblies required to pay for supplies to British garrisons. The New York assembly argued that it could not be forced to comply.

  • Virginian Resolution

    May 30, 1765

    The Virginian assembly refused to comply with the Stamp Act.

  • Stamp Act Congress

    October 7th, 1765 - October 25th, 1765

    Representatives from nine of the thirteen colonies declare the Stamp Act unconstitutional as it was a tax levied without their consent.

  • Declaratory Act

    March 18th, 1766

    Parliament finalises the repeal of the Stamp Act, but declares that it has the right to tax colonies.

  • Townshend Revenue Act (Townshend Duties)

    June 29th, 1767

    Duties on tea, glass, lead, paper and paint to help pay for the administration of the colonies, named after Charles Townshend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. John Dickinson publishes Letter from a Philadelphian Farmer in protest. Colonial assemblies condemn taxation without representation.

  • Townshend Revenue Act (Townshend Duties)

    June 29th, 1767

    Duties on tea, glass, lead, paper and paint to help pay for the administration of the colonies, named after Charles Townshend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. John Dickinson publishes Letter from a Philadelphian Farmer in protest. Colonial assemblies condemn taxation without representation.

  • British troops arrive in Boston

    October 1st, 1768

    in response to political unrest.

  • Boston Massacre

    March 5th, 1770

    Angered by the presence of troops and Britain's colonial policy, a crowd began harassing a group of soldiers guarding the customs house; a soldier was knocked down by a snowball and discharged his musket, sparking a volley into the crowd which kills five civilians.

  • Repeal of the Townshend Revenue Act

    April 12th, 1770
  • Burning of the Gaspee

    June 10th, 1772

    The revenue schooner Gaspee ran aground near Providence, Rhode Island and was burnt by locals angered by the enforcement of trade legislation.

  • Publication of Thomas Hutchinson letters

    July 1773

    In these letters, Hutchinson, the Massachusetts governor, advocated a 'great restraint of natural liberty', convincing many colonists of a planned British clamp-down on their freedoms.

  • Tea Act

    May 10th, 1773

    In an effort to support the ailing East India Company, Parliament exempted its tea from import duties and allowed the Company to sell its tea directly to the colonies. Americans resented what they saw as an indirect tax subsidising a British company.

  • The Boston Tea Party

    December 16th, 1773

    The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act because they believed that it violated their rights as Englishmen to "No taxation without representation," that is, be taxed only by their own elected representatives and not by a British parliament in which they were not represented. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain.

  • Intolerable Acts

    May - June 1774

    Four measures which stripped Massachusetts of self-government and judicial independence following the Boston Tea Party. The colonies responded with a general boycott of British goods.

  • Continental Congress

    September 1774

    Colonial delegates meet to organise opposition to the Intolerable Acts.

  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    April 19th, 1775

    First engagements of the Revolutionary War between British troops and the Minutemen, who had been warned of the attack by Paul Revere.

  • Washington: Commander & Chief

    1775

    After the Battles of Lexington and Concord near Boston in April 1775, the colonies went to war. Washington appeared at the Second Continental Congress in a military uniform, signaling that he was prepared for war. Washington had the prestige, military experience, charisma and military bearing of a military leader and was known as a strong patriot. Virginia, the largest colony, deserved recognition, and New England—where the fighting began—realized it needed Southern support. Washington did not explicitly seek the office of commander and said that he was not equal to it, but there was no serious competition. Congress created the Continental Army on June 14, 1775. Nominated by John Adams of Massachusetts, Washington was then appointed as a full General and Commander-in-chief

  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    June 17th, 1775

    The first major battle of the War of Independence. Sir William Howe dislodged William Prescott's forces overlooking Boston at a cost of 1054 British casualties to the Americans' 367.

  • Olive-Brach Petition

    July 5th, 1775

    The first major battle of the War of Independence. Sir William Howe dislodged William Prescott's forces overlooking Boston at a cost of 1054 British casualties to the Americans' 367.

  • Thomas Paine's Common Sense published anonymously in Philadelphia

    January 9th, 1776
  • France provides covert aid to the Americans

    May 2nd, 1776
  • Congress Adopts the Declaration of Independance

    1776

    The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Continental Congress meeting at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America. John Adams was a leader in pushing for independence, which was unanimously approved on July 2.

  • Invasion of Canada by Benedict Arnold

    Winter 1775 - 1776
  • Battle of Long Island

    Campaign of
    1776–1777

    Having withdrawn his army from Boston, General Howe now focused on capturing New York City, which then was limited to the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Howe's force arrived off of Staten Island across the harbor from Manhattan on June 30, 1776, and his army captured it without resistance. To defend the city, General Washington spread his forces along the shores of New York's harbor, concentrated on Long Island and Manhattan. While British and recently hired Hessian troops were assembling, Washington had the newly issued Declaration of American Independence read to his men and the citizens of the city.

  • Battle of Princeton, New Jersey

    January 2-3, 1777

    General Washington broke camp at Trenton to avoid a British advance, attacking the British rearguard and train near Princeton and then withdrawing to Morristown.

  • British surrender of 5,700 troops at Saratoga.

    October 13th, 1777

    General Washington broke camp at Trenton to avoid a British advance, attacking the British rearguard and train near Princeton and then withdrawing to Morristown.

  • British surrender of 5,700 troops at Saratoga.

    October 13th, 1777

    Lacking supplies, 5,700 British, German and loyalist forces under Major General John Burgoyne surrender to Major General Horatio Gates in a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

  • France recognises US Independence.

    February 6th, 1778

    Lacking supplies, 5,700 British, German and loyalist forces under Major General John Burgoyne surrender to Major General Horatio Gates in a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

  • Second Phase

    1778-1781

    Following news of the surrender at Saratoga and concern over French intervention, the British decided to completely accept the original demands made by the American Patriots. Parliament repealed the remaining tax on tea and declared that no taxes would ever be imposed on colonies without their consent (except for custom duties, the revenues of which would be returned to the colonies). A Commission was formed to negotiate directly with the Continental Congress for the first time. The Commission was empowered to suspend all the other objectionable acts by Parliament passed since 1763, issue general pardons, and declare a cessation of hostilities.

  • US Defeat at battle of Camden

    August 16th, 1780
  • Ratification of the Articles of Confederation

    March 1st, 1781
  • Battle of the Capes, denying British reinforcements or evacuation.

    September 5th, 1781
  • Surrender of British forces under Cornwallis at Yorktown.

    October 18th, 1781
  • British Government authorises peace negotiations.

    March 5th, 1782
  • Treaty of Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War

    September 3rd, 1783

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Patriot Grave Marking

The SAR Patriot & Grave Index is a database combination of the previous SAR Revolutionary War Graves Registry, information from the SAR Patriot Index CD (2002), and additional information and updates from various state grave registry databases.

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Reenactments

Join thousands of members and participate in celebrating our patriotic heritage through reenactments events all across the country. Stay in touch with fellow reenactment enthusiasts, and honor your ancestors together.

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Naturalization Ceremonies

Join SAR for our annual Naturalization Ceremony and help welcome those individuals who are honored to become American citizens. The annual event highlights the efforts of SAR to promote our patriot heritage, honor our ancestors and provides the opportunity to inspire the community and our newest citizens.

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Nov

Wreaths Across America - December 16, 2017

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Author: Michael Scroggins

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

President General Larry T. Guzy has issued the following proclamation for the occasion:

2017 Wreaths Across America Proclamation

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09
Aug

Americanism Committee 2016 Results

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Author: Michael Scroggins

The National SAR Americanism Committee is pleased to present the full results of the 2016 Liberty Bell Americanism Contest, 2016 Allene Wilson Groves Contest, 2016 President General's Streamer Contest and the 2016 President General's Cup.  These contests recognize the outstanding efforts of the 562 chapters and 58 state societies that comprise the National SAR.

Each chapter and state society that participated is to be congratulated on their efforts.  Whether an award was won or not, the committee is sure that each participant realized a sense of satisfaction in a a job well done in reaching out to their community.  

Every chapter and state society is strongly encouraged to participate in the 2017 contests.

Final Results

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08
Aug

Understanding The American Revolution Using George III’s Archives

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Author: Michael Scroggins

Professor Andrew O’Shaughnessy was the first Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Visiting Professor in 2016. The generous support from the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) enables visiting professors to bring new perspectives to the study of texts uncovered by the Georgian Papers Programme (GPP). Here Professor O’Shaughnessy reflects on the highlights of his research during his professorship.

The objective of my research project was twofold. Firstly, it aimed to explain the significance of the archives of George III and the Georgian Programme for our understanding of the American Revolution. Secondly, it examined the personal role of George III in the formulation... more

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Events

16
Dec

56th Patriot's Ball (2017)

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Sons of the American Revolution

requests the pleasure of your company at the

Fifty-Sixth Patriot's Ball

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27
Jan

237th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford

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**SAR NATIONAL EVENT!**


The Mecklenburg chapter and the North Carolina SAR invite you to attend the 237th Anniversary of the historic Battle of Cowan's Ford held at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC. Our traditional "biscuit and coffee" breakfast begins at 9:00am with the actual ceremony beginning at 10:00am inside the church. Following a brief indoors ceremony, we move outside at the new SAR historical marker to honor the Patriots buried at Hopewell Presbyterian, including Gen. William Lee Davidson, who was killed at the battle.

**New This Year!** 


You will drop off your wreaths outside with the Boy Scouts at the cemetery. Then you will park and walk inside the Gymnasium (look for signs) to register your wreath, drink hot coffee and eat biscuits. 




Our speaker this year is Steve Lundeen, Sr. Instructor and Shoot Boss, with Project Appleseed. Project Appleseed is a non-partisan group of men and women (known as the Revolutionary War Veterans Association) who are committed to upholding the values and principles of America’s founding fathers. Steve will deliver an emotional and engaging message to all attendees! 

To present a wreath and participate in the Color Guard, please contact Cowan's Ford Chairman Stephen McKee at stephen.p.mckee@gmail.com. Download the Event Flyer here.

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10
Feb

2018 District of Columbia SAR Sweethearts and Patriots Gala

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2018
District of Columbia SAR Sweethearts and Patriots Gala

Saturday, February 10, 6:00 pm

City Tavern Club
3206 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007 (place tentative)

Contact: c_bedell@yahoo.com

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