Several members of the East Fall Line Region of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) organization made a trip to Lincolnton a few weeks ago to participate in an event that paid tribute to the Heroes of the Hornet’s Nest.
Dess Smith III was one of the men who attended the Friday, February 11, event at Elijah Clarke State Park. In an email to The Chronicle on Sunday, he gave a rundown of what took place at that time.
He and other local attendees arrived around 9 a.m. to help set up Compatriot Steve Burke’s “traveling trunk,” which consisted of four tablefuls of relics and various “roadkill” skins.
The Brier Creek Artillery also set up its 6-pounder mortar, 6-pounder naval gun, and 8-pounder field gun.
At 11 a.m. and every 15 minutes onward, the artillery fired its Pennsylvania/Kentucky 50-caliber rifles, Brown Bess 75-caliber muskets, Charleville 69-caliber muskets, and all three cannons.
At noon, the assembled shared in a meal prepared by Compatriot Jay Guest, and at 1:30, the event officially began. Many wreaths were presented, and flintlock and cannon fire continued.
A brief history of the Hornet’s Nest
The Hornet’s Nest is an area of impassable creeks, swamps, and hills in northeast Georgia that was used as a refuge by the small group of revolutionaries even during the times when British troops occupied all other parts of the Deep South.