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Battle of Ramsour's Mill - 224th Anniversary
Lincolnton, North Carolina
Commemorated June 12, 2004

On June 19, 1779, Lt. Col.John Moore gathered a force of nearly 1,400 loyalists at the site of Ramsour's Mill.  It was here that they were defeated in a surprise attack by about 250 Patriot militia. A battle ensued on that foggy morning between men who were, for the most part, dressed alike. The casualties were heavy. Of the Patriot militia, 150 were killed or wounded.  Of the 700 or more Loyalists engaged, 150-200 were killed or wounded. A member of the relief column said, "...after the battle, a group of us dug a trench on the far side of the hill and laid the bodies of the dead all together in it...".

Reenactors brought the old log cabin to life with demonstrations of Colonial life.

South Atlantic VPG Larry Guzy talks with descendants of the families involved in the battle Cilla Tomme, Joe Harris and Mike Tomme were among those appropriately dressed for the occasion. Wives of the SAR, known as WOSARs, took shelter from the sun under a canopy.

North Carolina Society President Grady Hall looks on as America the Beautiful is sung by a seven year old girl from the area. A cannon demonstration added a thunderous clap and clouds to the occasion Plaque at the mass grave of those who died in the Battle. George Thurmond, Vice Chairman of NSSAR Historic Sites and Celebrations, discusses last minute details with Georgia State Society former Registrar Larry Wilson. Stanley Evans, Tennessee State Society Registrar, prepares to present a wreath.

The SAR Color Guard gathers. Piedmont Chapter President Bob Sapp, with Paul Prescott and Charlie Newcomer. Georgia Color Guard Commander Terry Manning, waits with Mike Tomme and Larry Guzy The Official Color Guard picture was taken before the ceremony. Reenactors prepare to form up at the gravesite.

The SAR Color Guard marches into position at the gravesite. Richard M. Ramsour shares some history of his ancestor  Jacob Ramsour. The Musket Brigade provides a salute to the fallen. Larry Guzy presents National SAR wreath. Piedmont Chapter President Bob Sapp presented a wreath.

Steve Pittard, President of the Marquis de Lafayette Chapter, North Carolina, was among the 27 presenters. The color guard and North Carolina SAR members gathered for a photo.   SAR members are free to download any of the photos above for the use of their chapters and publications.