Lt. William Addington, patriot in the War for Independence, was memorialized in a “Rededication Ceremony and SAR Patriot Marking” at the First Methodist Church Cemetery last Saturday morning. The ceremony was performed by the Silas McDowell Chapter, North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.
Tom Long, president of the Silas McDowell Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution, presided over the hour-long ceremony, opening with the presentation of colors by a combined color guard involving the Franklin Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Sons of the American Revolution.
After the opening ceremony, Long introduced David Addington to recount the story of Lt. Addington’s contribution to the American Revolutionary War effort. Much of what he shared was written personally by Lt. Addington. Some historical detail was added to help clarify the events.
Lt. Addington entered service in 1781 at the Old Block House in Fair Forest, Union District, S.C., under Captain William Young and Major Benjamin Jolly. From there, they marched to Ninety-Six, S.C., where they were placed under the command of Major General Nathanael Greene. Here, the Patriot contingent of 1,000 men besieged the earthen fortification (Star Fort) manned by the British and Tories. Unable to take the town, Gen. Greene was forced to lift the siege and move his army out as Lord Rawdon approached Ninety-Six with 2,000 British Regulars under his command. After retreating northwest to the Broad River and Sandy Run Creek, Addington was discharged due to injuries caused by a falling tree.
He re-entered service again as a volunteer under Captain James Burton at Princes Fort, S.C. From there they marched to Keowee under Colonel Thomas Brandon in search of Indians who were British sympathizers. This term of service was four weeks.
Volunteering for the third time, under Captain William Young, Addington was commissioned as a lieutenant. This time, they joined General Andrew Pickens, chief-incommand, to pursue Tories and Indians in North Georgia and Western North Carolina.
After one skirmish, he records killing three Indians and one white man, and taking two Indians prisoner. After this foray, they returned to South Carolina where he was discharged from this six-week term of service.
Major Benjamin Jolly activated Lt. Addington one more time and sent him with his company to guard ammunition from Santee, S.C., to Orangeburg, S.C.
From Orangeburg, they marched to Bacons Bridge on the Ashley River near Charleston, S.C., remaining there for six weeks. This last tour of duty was about three months.
During the ceremony, Eleanor Kraus, Founding Regent, Battle of Sugartown Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, read a poem entitled “An American,” honoring the patriots who gave all they possessed, including their lives, to lay the foundation from which the United States of America has grown. In the poem, she cherished the memory of Lt. William Addington as a true patriot and a proud American. As she concluded the poem, a dozen representatives of area chapters of the SAR and DAR came forward one at a time to pay their respects to Lt. William Addington.
The ceremony ended with a rifle salute and Taps by the American Legion Post 108 rifle detail, along with Tom Long dedicating the SAR marker placed on Lt. Addington’s gravesite, and leading the attendees in the SAR Recessional. “Until we meet again, let us remember our obligations to our forefathers who gave us our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, an independent Supreme Court, and a nation of free men.”
We are American
Our fathers belonged to the Sons of the Revolution;
Our mothers, to the colonial dames.
Some of our ancestors pitched tea overboard in Boston Harbor;
Others stood their ground with Warren;
Some hungered with Washington at Valley Forge.
Our forefathers were America in the making;
They spoke in her council halls;
They died on her battlefields;
They commanded her ships;
They cleared her forest.
And their stanch heart beat fast as each new star;
Was added to our nation's flag.
Their keen eyes foresaw her greater glory;
The sweep of her seas, and the plenty of her plains.
Every drop of blood in us holds a heritage of patriotism.
We honor the courage of our forefathers;
We hold dear the history of our past.
We especially cherish the memory of Lt. William
Addington, A true patriot and a proud American.
As read by Eleanor Kraus