New inductees sworn in at Battle of Shallow Ford 240th commemoration ceremony

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 22, 2020

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The Battle of the Shallow Ford 240th Commemoration Ceremony was held Oct. 10 at Huntsville United Methodist Church. The ceremony was originally planned outdoors in front of the historic church but was moved inside due to inclement weather.

The commemoration included the swearing in of new Sons of the American Revolutions (SAR) inductees, including Dr. Pete Gilyard, who is owner of the Clemmons Veterinary Clinic, and his wife, Tabatha Freeman Gilyard, who was sworn in as a new member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Her Patriot, Thomas Poindexter, fought in many battles for the N.C. militia. His wife, Elizabeth, and his daughters also served the Patriot cause by sewing letters in their petticoats, crossing enemy lines and delivering the letters to the proper parties. Thomas Poindexter and his family lived on the Yadkin River near where the Gilyards live today. He and Elizabeth are buried on a bluff of the Yadkin near Donnaha on what used to be their land.

Other new SAR inductees who were sworn in included Stephen Rantz, Joseph Weaver and Weston Parsons — who couldn’t attend, but his grandfather, Daniel, stood in for him.

The event was hosted by the Winston-Salem Bethabara Chapter of the Sons of The American Revolution, and attendees included Compatriots from the Alamance Battleground, Bethabara, Nathanael Greene, Catawba Valley, and Yadkin Valley Sons of The American Revolution chapters as well as Daughters of The American Revolution attendees from the Battle of Shallow Ford, Jonathan Hunt, Leonard’s Creek, Colonel Joseph Winston and Old North State Chapters.

Fred Learned, president of the North Carolina State Sons of The American Revolution Society, and past president of the Bethabara Chapter, served as host of the ceremony, which included the memorial wreath presentations along with the presentation of colors by members of the SAR Color Guard.

Andrew Mackie, president of the Yadkin County Historical Society, Ann White of the Huntsville Historical Society and other visitors were among the crowd of 47 in attendance on the dreary day.

The Battle of Shallow Ford took place Oct. 14, 1780, exactly one week after the Battle of Kings Mountain. One Patriot (Whig) and 14 Loyalists (Tories) were killed during the battle. The Patriot, Capt. Henry Francis, was buried where he fell.