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Groups prepare for Dan Crossing celebration
SoVaNow.com / January 17, 2013Berryman Green Chapter, NSDAR, Dan River Chapter Virginia Society, SAR, Halifax County Historical Society, Town of South Boston and Halifax County Middle School are co-hosting the 232nd Anniversary Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan (River) in Virginia during the American Revolution and invite you to attend and participate. Free public events are planned for Thursday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 16, at The Prizery, local community arts center, located at 700 Bruce Street, South Boston.
The “Retreat to the Dan” began in January 1781, following an American victory at Cowpens in South Carolina and became a “Race to the Dan” across North Carolina and into Virginia. The race was won by General Nathanael Greene with his “Crossing of the Dan” on Feb. 14 at Irvin’s and Boyd’s ferries on the Dan River. This tactical retreat saved the American Southern Army and was one of the turning points in the war. The historical significance of the event places the Dan River crossing on a unique list of landmark sites of the American Revolution.
On Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Chastain Theatre, the sixth-grade Crossing Players, Singers, and Musicians from Halifax County Middle School will present the story through verse and song for the community. The evening’s activities will include recognition of the DAR essay contest winners. On Friday the program will be repeated for all 6th grade students.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a. m., the SAR and DAR will host the annual Crossing of the Dan Commemoration program in the Chastain Theatre. It will include greetings and the presentation of wreaths by SAR, DAR, and local officials, recognition of the sixth grade essay contest winner, and a presentation by Travis Bowman, who will portray Peter Francisco, who has come to be known as Hercules of the Revolution.
Following the morning program, guests are invited to visit the outdoor exhibit at the Boyd’s Ferry site on the Dan River. A Brunswick stew lunch will be available at the river for a cost of $5.
A dramatic re-enactment of the Crossing of the Dan by British and Colonial troops will culminate the day’s activities. A replica of a ferry boat will transports troops across the river as muskets and cannons fire.
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