The South Carolina Society
Sons of the American Revolution
A poem written by an unknown dear friend of Lieut. Benjamin Wilkins who died following the Battle of Grays Hill, outskirts of Beaufort, Feb 4, 1779. Published in the South Carolina and American General Gazette
Feb 11, 1779.
An Artillery Man
"Behold, in Honour's sacred Bed
Brave Wilkins drew his latest Breath;
See him among th' illustustrious dead,
Fall'n by the rigid Hand of Death!
"While he the levell'd Tube did aim
Against his Country's raging Foe;
The fatal Ball, like Light'ning came,
And struck, alas! the deadly Blow.
"Full well he knew the dext'rous Art,
With skillful Hand, and watchful eye,
To point the Tube, or wield the Dart,
And force his stubborn Foe to fly.
"No less in Social Life he shown,
A Friend to every milder Art;
Religion claimed him for her own,
And Justice swayed his honest Heart.
"Alas! that an untimely Blow
Should snatch him from his weeping Friends,
Sure every Breast with Grief must glow,
Sure ev'ry Heart Compassion lends.
"His widow'd Spouse with heart-felt Sighs,
And helpless Babes, his Loss bewail:
While sympathetic Tears Arise
In all who hear the mournful Tale.
"Not unaveng'd our Hero fell.
Full dear his precious Blood was brought:
Beaufort's ensanguined Plains can tell,
How well his brave Associates fought"
The South Carolina Society was organized April 18th, 1889 in a room at the State Capital in Columbia. After the election of officers, the organizing group appointed delegates to the proposed National Convention in New York City to be held later in the month. The National Society was organized April 30th, 1889. Those descendents of our brave ancestors, whose vision and courage gave us our great nation, formed a fraternal, patriotic, and civic organization to perpetuate the basic principles of freedom to honor our founding fathers. The name adopted by the organization was the Sons of the American Revolution.
The South Carolina Society began granting charters to chapters in 1923. Currently seventeen chapters promote the American spirit through fraternal meetings, commemorative observances of events and battles, educational materials, projects, lectures, tours and publications. South Carolina is rich in historical events of the American Revolution. From the mountains to the coast, South Carolina experienced the most battles and skirmishes of the war. The seventeen chapters of our society sponsor annual anniversary ceremonies of many of the battles and events.
Relics of the Revolution may be found throughout the state in some federal and state parks, museums, and libraries. Markers are found in our countryside reminding us of the sacrifice of our ancestors. The Society seeks to mark graves of our Revolutionary ancestors.
Since the organization of the South Carolina Society, over 3,000 have filled the membership ranks. The present membership is about 700.
The South Carolina Society of the American Revolution joins in effort with the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Children of the American Revolution, and all patriotic and historical groups in keeping alive the ideals of our ancestors who gave us our United States of America.
Member since June 24, 1960