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The Origins of the SAR
(From the National Website)

In 1876 there were many celebrations to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As part of this patriotic fervor, a group of men in the San Francisco, California, area who were descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the Sons of Revolutionary Sires. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. They desired to keep alive their ancestors’ story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man’s struggle against tyranny — a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms.

Out of the Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, 1889 — the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation’s first President. We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over 100 years. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR. The charter authorizes the granting of charters to societies of the various states and territories and authorizes the state societies to charter chapters within their borders. Federal Legislation that established a federal charter for the National Society SAR.


The History of the Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter of the SAR

The Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter is Chapter 1 of the Maryland Sons of the American Revolution and it serves Frederick County. It was the first chapter formed in Maryland by the NSSAR in 1920. The chapter bylaws are dated 1925, and the chapter has been active continuously since it was organized. There are two regular meetings, which are the annual meeting in the fall and a semi-annual meeting in the spring.

Sergeant Everhart’s military milestones

The Chapter is named after Sergeant Lawrence Everhart. Lawrence Everhart was a resident of Middletown, Maryland. He enlisted in the Flying Camp in August 1776. He fought at the battles of White Plains and Fort Washington. He is credited with helping to save the life of Marquis de Lafayette at the Battle of the Brandywine. He enlisted in Col. William Washington’s regiment of cavalry in 1778 and became a sergeant. He is credited with saving the life of Col. Washington at the Battle of Cowpens. He served throughout the Revolution.