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Crossing program Feb. 16 at Prizery / February 04, 2019
Berryman Green Chapter, Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution, Dan River Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Halifax County Historical Society, Town of South Boston and Halifax County Middle School are co-hosting the 238th 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 Saturday, Feb. 16 at The Prizery.

Following an American victory at the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina in January 1781, Gen. Nathanael Greene’s southern army outran British forces under Lord Cornwallis as both armies raced northward across the Carolinas. In what became known as the Race to the Dan, a few weeks later, on Feb. 14, 1781, became “The Crossing” when Greene’s army crossed the Dan River to safety near South Boston, Virginia. The Crossing of the Dan became a turning point in the American Revolution, precipitating events that led to the British surrender at Yorktown. Because of its historical significance the National Society Sons of the American Revolution has now recognized the Crossing of the Dan as a nationally sanctioned event.

On Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10:00 a.m., the SAR and DAR will host the annual Crossing of the Dan Commemoration in The Prizery on the third floor in the Banquet Hall. The program will include greetings and the presentation of wreaths by SAR, DAR, and local officials. The Master of Ceremonies will be Phil Williams, past president of Dan River Chapter VASSAR.

The keynote speaker for the morning program will be author and historian Carole Watterson Troxler, professor emerita of History at Elon University. The topic of her presentation will be Loyalists in the Southern Backcountry.

Following the morning program, guests are invited to visit the permanent exhibit located on the third floor of The Prizery and the outdoor exhibit at the Boyd’s Ferry site on the Dan River. A Brunswick stew lunch will be available for a cost of $5.

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