MAJOR BOGART SPEAKS: PLEASE PUT COLONEL BOB McCROSKEY ON YOUR PRAYER LISTS


Col. McCroskey and Major Bogart

Col. McCroskey and Major Bogart

To the Washington Co. Militia,

Good evening everyone, I hope this finds you all very well. I spoke with the Colonel this afternoon and he updated me on his condition and surgery date. Bob went today for pre-surgery consultation. He has to have a heart valve replacement and triple bypass. Originally it was thought that only a single bypass was needed, but today’s results showed two more blockages. Bob’s surgery will be on Thursday, October 24th. If all goes well, the surgeon expects a 4-5 hour operation time, a 5 day recovery stay in the hospital, and at least one month without driving. Bob asks for everyone’s thoughts and prayers because he knows they are heard and answered. Please keep our Colonel in your daily prayers. I will update you all as soon as additional information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Major Bogart

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MAJOR BOGART SPEAKS: 1812 at BOMAN BOGART THIS WEEKEND!


In 1814, I took a little trip (NOT!) .......

In 1814, I took a little trip (NOT!) …….


To the Washington Co. Militia,

Just a reminder that Unicoi Heritage Day is this Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Historic Bogart-Bowman Cabin in Unicoi, TN. Even though this is a one day event, we have permission to set up camp on Friday and stay until Sunday. Bathroom and shower facilities will be open for our use the entire weekend.

This is an 1812 event for us, but if you do not have 1812 clothing or gear do not worry. Come in colonial kit. This is a laid back event. We will be presenting camp life, militia drill, and artillery demos. We will also do a couple of duels throughout the day, so bring your pistols. ;)

***ATTENTION, THOSE WHO ARE MAKING PLANS TO GO TO NEW ORLEANS IN 2015. PLEASE WEAR YOUR 1812 CLOTHING AND GEAR. WE WILL BE TAKING PHOTOS TO SEND TO THE MILITIA COMMANDER THERE.

Hope to see you there. As always if you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact me at any time.

Not Crossing the Salt!

Not Crossing the Salt!

Take Care,
Major Bogart

Chad A. Bogart
Historic Interpreter
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
1651 W. Elk Ave.
Elizabethton, TN 37643
423-543-5808 ext. 107

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Overmountain Victory Muster Coming up Next Weekend!


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area Presents:

The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22

The Overmountain Victory Trail River Crossing
Wednesday, September 25

It was the year 1780.
The tide of the Revolution had turned against the colonists. The British, forced out of New England, gained new allies in the divided South and won victory after victory in a bloody civil war. Charleston had fallen, and American forces had crumbled at the battle of Camden.
But then the impossible occurred…
The frontiersmen of the western mountains began a long march, gathering an army along the way, from the highlands of Virginia to the hills of South Carolina. There, at a place called King’s Mountain, they destroyed an army and opened the way for the final American victory at Yorktown.
The route they took to from Virginia to South Carolina, we now know as the Overmountain Victory Trail. Come celebrate with us as we recreate the muster of the Overmountain Men, which occurred here at Sycamore Shoals over two hundred years ago…

To the Washington Co. Militia,

Attached is the schedule for our muster at the fort on September 21 – 22.
Thanks in advance to those who were willing to present a program. I look forward to seeing you all.
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Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22
The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration
On September 25th 1780, a host of frontiersmen gathered at the Sycamore Shoals of the Watauga. Their mission was to form an army and launch an attack against a British-led force that had threatened their lands and homes. Re-enactors in period clothing will be on hand throughout the weekend to share stories of the excitement and danger of that tumultuous time.

Wednesday, September 25
The Overmountain Victory Trail Crossing
On September 25, 1780, the Overmountain Men gathered at Sycamore Shoals on their march to victory at King’s Mountain. Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated this historic journey since 1975, following the same route and timetable as their legendary forebears. Marchers will cross the Watauga River at the Sycamore Shoals, as the frontiersmen would have done 233 years ago.
Approximate time of crossing the river is 2:00 pm

Sponsored by the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia
and the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

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Major Bogart Speaks: July 27th fellowship for Chris Taylor


To the Washington Co. Militia,

I spoke with Chris’ wife Mary yesterday and she seemed to be doing pretty well considering the circumstances. She is coming in on the 18th and expressed her wishes to have a gathering with all of Chris’ friends on the 27th at Sycamore Shoals. They will have a private committal service at the cemetery at 10:00 that morning and then come directly to the park for the gathering. Her wishes were not to have a “memorial service” at the park, but rather a simple time of fellowship with Chris re-enactor family at the park picnic area. She would like for us to be dressed out for this occasion. This is all the information that I have at this time. I will be in touch as more information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Major Bogart

Chad A. Bogart

Historic Interpreter

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 W. Elk Ave.

Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-543-5808 ext. 107

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Prayer Request: Major Bogart Aunt Passes


Molly News: We’ve had some wonderful things happening at the fort with the opening of the new museum but also we’ve lost a valued member and other members’ families have been affected by the passing of loved ones. Chad is asking for prayers at a trying time for his family.

To the Washington Co. Militia,

I hate to be the bearer of further sad news but I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers as this is a personal loss to me. Today my aunt suffered a massive heart attack and passed away. This is my father’s oldest sister Linda Bogart. She was such a sweet and loving lady I will certainly miss her greatly. She was only 59 years old. Also please remember my dad and his sisters as they share this news with my grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease. I’m not sure how she will react. Trying times indeed.

Thank you all,

Chad

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Major Bogart Speaks: Another Bit of News


To the Washington Co. Militia,

Learned today that Ramona Invidiato’s aunt passed away last night. She was having complications from surgery and sadly did not pull through the night. I spoke with Ramona this morning and she asked for our prayers for her aunt and her mother. This is truly a sad time for our little group of friends. I will pass along more information as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

Major Bogart

Molly Note: My family is very small and this was my only aunt. She was always interested in the Regiment and was so amused when I would tell her about what our group did and sent her the pictures. She was an avid historian, for sure. I am appreciative of the fact that you all have been like a family to me in this very painful time’ with no family to speak of, you have become mine. Please pray for us.

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MAJOR BOGART SPEAKS: TENNESSEE PARKS COMMERCIAL aka YOU WANNA BE A STAR?


To the Washington Co. Militia,

Park Manager Jennifer Bauer informed me that the State of Tennessee is putting together a public service announcement geared toward keeping Tennessee beautiful. Apparently it is a revision of the old “Tennessee Trash” commercial that used to be on tv years ago. They want to come to Sycamore Shoals and film this Sunday (June 23) from 11 am to 1 pm. They would like 18th century life being portrayed at the fort for this. I realize that this is right during most folks’ worship time so I completely understand if you can’t make it. Please let me know by this evening if you can attend.

Thanks,

Major Bogart

Chad A. Bogart

Historic Interpreter

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 W. Elk Ave.

Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-543-5808 ext. 107

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