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Thomas Bullard – Private in the American Revolution

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This Independence day will have a whole new meaning for me.   Up until now, the 4th of July has always been about picnics, barbeques and fireworks.

Don’t get me wrong, I know that today is the anniversary of when the Second Continental Congress approved The Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring the United States independent from Great Britain.

But what I didn’t know was that just a few short years after that, Thomas Bullard, my 5th great-grandfather, armed as a private enlisted on November 10, 1778 in Capt. Sharps Co. 10th Regiment and aided in the fight against the Tories to keep us independent from Great Britain.

Here you can see on his actual pension statement, that he served 12 months and 12 days, and who he served under.

It was quite the surprise to read his pension statement and see in his own words where he went and what he did through out his service.

On one particular incident he reported about, he stated that the company and regiment to which he belonged fought at the battle of Stono Ferry; that at the time he was sent in a detachment of about three hundred men to capture some British on board a boat up Stono River; that the detachment fired upon the boat and killed some of the men on board and took the rest prisoners.

Researching this, I found that the battle of Stono Ferry was fought on January 20, 1779 near Charleston, South Carolina.   It’s amazing to me after all this time, I can locate a document that can tell me precisely where my ancestor was during the American Revolution.

Not only that, but on the North Carolina Digital Collection site I found images of his family bible.

This page shows not only his birth, but the birth of his granddaughter, and my 3rd great-grandmother.

This chart here will show you how I descend from Thomas Bullard.

I’m very thankful to my ancestor Thomas Bullard, and what he did for our country.

This 4th of July not only will I be hanging out by the pool, enjoying a barbecue and wishing we could shoot fireworks (too many wildfires to even consider this), I’ll be talking to my children and family about Thomas Bullard and his role in the American Revolution.

Today I will be honoring his memory.  He deserves it!

In Remembrance On Memorial Day

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Memorial Day, formally known as Decoration Day, commemorates all men and women who have died in Military Service for the United States.

Officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, it was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on graves of both Union and Confederate Soldiers in Arlington Cemetery.

Traditionally served on May 30th, no matter what day of the week it fell on, in 1968 the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to create three-day weekends.  Therefore, since 1971 Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Things you can do on Memorial Day to show support for our fallen soldiers.

  1. Fly your flag at half mast from dawn until noon.
  2. Wear a Memorial Poppy.
  3. Attend a Memorial Day Parade.
  4. Visit the grave a fallen solider and leave a poppy or a flag.
  5. Make a donation to your local VFW lodge.

In remembrance of all of our fallen soldiers:

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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