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Harrison’s Tomb

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The Simon Kenton Chapter, Daniel Boone Color Guard leads the way to President Harrison’s Tomb

William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was the ninth President of the United States (1841), an American military officer and politician, and the first president to die in office. He was 68 years, 23 days old when inaugurated, the oldest president to take office until Ronald Reagan in 1981, and last President to be born before the United States Declaration of Independence. Harrison died on his 32nd day in office[a] of complications from pneumonia, serving the shortest tenure in United States presidential history. His death sparked a brief constitutional crisis, but that crisis ultimately resolved many questions about presidential succession left unanswered by the Constitution until passage of the 25th Amendment.

Before election as president, Harrison served as the first territorial congressional delegate from the Northwest Territory, governor of the Indiana Territory and later as a U.S. representative and senator from Ohio. He originally gained national fame for leading U.S. forces against American Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811,[1] where he earned the nickname “Tippecanoe” (or “Old Tippecanoe”). As a general in the subsequent War of 1812, his most notable action was in the Battle of the Thames in 1813, which brought an end to hostilities in his region. This battle resulted in the death of Tecumseh and the disbandment of the Native American coalition which he led.[2]

After the war, Harrison moved to Ohio, where he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, and in 1824 he became a member of the Senate. There he served a truncated term before being appointed as Minister Plenipotentiary to Colombia in May 1828. In Colombia, he spoke with Simón Bolívar urging his nation to adopt American-style democracy, before returning to his farm in Ohio, where he lived in relative retirement until he was nominated for the presidency in 1836. Defeated, he retired again to his farm before being elected president in 1840, and died of pneumonia in April 1841, a month after taking office.

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Battle of Blue Licks 2013

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The Simon Kenton Chapter, Daniel Boone Color Guard performing the “Rifle Salute”

The Battle of Blue Licks, fought on August 19, 1782, was one of the last battles of the American Revolutionary War. The battle occurred ten months after Lord Cornwallis’s famous surrender at Yorktown, which had effectively ended the war in the east. On a hill next to the Licking River in what is now Robertson County, Kentucky (but was then in Kentucky County, Virginia), a force of about 50 American and Canadian Loyalists along with 300 American Indians ambushed and routed 182 Kentucky militiamen. It was the worst defeat for the Kentuckians during the frontier war.

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Fort Laurens 2013 Saturday, 07/27/2013

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The Simon Kenton Chapter, Daniel Boone Color Guard attends the wreath laying ceremony at Fort Laurens

Fort Laurens was an American Revolutionary War fort in what is now the U.S. state of Ohio. The fort was built by General Lachlan McIntosh, in 1778, on the west bank of the Tuscarawas River, now in Tuscarawas County near the town of Bolivar. The fort was intended to be a staging point for an attack against the British garrison at Detroit. However, the conditions at the fort were harsh during the winter, and McIntosh removed most of the American forces to Fort Pitt, leaving only about 150 men (from the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment and 13th Virginia Regiment) under the command of Colonel John Gibson. Fort Laurens was the only fort built in the Ohio Country during the Revolutionary War.

The British learned of the miserable conditions at the fort, and on February 22, 1779, Captain Henry Bird of the 8th Regiment of Foot with a handful of British soldiers and a couple hundred Wyandot, Mingo, Munsee, and Delaware warriors laid siege to the fort. The siege continued until mid-March, and the men inside the fort reportedly were reduced to making a stew of boiled moccasins The British forces were also weakened by the long siege and lifted the siege on March 20, 1779. Relief forces from Fort Pitt arrived three days later, leaving a force of 106 men behind under the command of Major Frederick Vernon. Colonel Daniel Brodhead had replaced McIntosh as commander at Fort Pitt and felt the fort was inadequate for mounting an attack on Fort Detroit. The fort was abandoned on August 2, 1779.

It was named after Henry Laurens, a president of the Continental Congress from South Carolina. The fort was used as a reference point in defining the boundary line in Treaty of Greenville, although the text of the treaty misspells the name as “Fort Lawrence”.

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Linden Grove Cemetery Saturday, 07/27/2013

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Simon Kenton Chapter Compatriot Harvey Hampton who was at the” Battle of Pork Chop Hill” is on hand assisting with the unveiling of the monument.

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The veterans and fallen servicemen of the Korean War were honored Saturday at Covington’s Linden Grove Cemetery, sixty years to the day that the conflict ended.

Philanthropist Oakley Farris commissioned a bronze statue in tribute to his brother, Clofus Farris, who was killed in Korea just ten days before war came to an end. That statue was unveiled during a rainy, moving ceremony that featured speakers Congressman Thomas Massie, former Congressmen Geoff Davis (and current Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs) Ken Lucas, State Senator Chris McDaniel, State Representative Arnold Simpson, Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus (who introduced his Korean War veteran father and shared a moving, teary story about how Carl Arlinghaus lost his bets friend from Covington over there), and Covington Mayor Sherry Carran, and others that included Northern Kentucky University Professor and local historian James Claypool and Honor Flight Director Ed Finke.

In addition to the unveiling of the statue, sculpted by Matt Langford who is responsible for many of the statues around Covington, Oakley and Eva Farris were presented with Clofus Farris’s Korean Service Medal by Lucas. It was the only medal the Farrises did not have of Clofus’s time in Korea.

The statue was unveiled with the physical assistance of members of the Holmes High School Class of 1951 and Korean War veterans.

The ceremony closed with a 21-gun salute and Taps played on the bugle by Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn.

For more of the story go to http://rcnky.com/articles/2013/07/27/photos-korean-war-memorial-dedicated-linden-grove-cemetery

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