East Fall Line Region members of the Brier Creek, Wiregrass and Little River Chapters of the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution attended the annual Salzburger Heritage Day Festival at Historic Ebenezer on Monday, September 6. Also in attendance was President Ted Walker of the Henry Laurens Chapter, South Carolina SAR. Eleven members from the above four chapters traveled to southeast Georgia to arrive by 8 a.m. to set up their four tables of traveling truck items, a continental tent, 6-pounder Naval Cannon, 6-pounder Mortar and an 8-pounder Field Gun.
About 50 yards from the Savannah River, the festival committee had set up 37 booths and activity sites. The group were stationed close to the Savannah river being that they were the largest group and would be firing flintlocks, muskets and cannons.
The event started at 9:30 a.m. with the Girl Scout Troop raising the flags. At set times of 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., 11 SAR members fired 50 cal. Pennsylvania/Kentucky rifles, 69 cal. Charleville Muskets, and 75 cal. Brown Bess Muskets one time followed by the firing of the 6-pounder Mortar, 6-pounder Naval Cannon and 8-pounder “Thumper” Field Gun. After each firing, bugler Don Bazemore played taps.
Compatriot Ted Walker, President of the Henry Laurens Chapter of the South Carolina SAR, brought with him the U.S. flag, S.C. flag and his chapter flag. He also brought a wreath that represented the patriots who were killed at Ebenezer during the American Revolutionary War. There was an estimated 500 or more in attendance that viewed the group’s booth.