The Crossing of the Dan, a nearly forgotten episode of the American Revolution that occurred at South Boston, Virginia, has just received recognition by the National Society Sons of the American Revolution as a major historic event.
The unanimous decision came at a national leadership conference in September in Louisville, Kentucky, during a meeting of the Historic Sites, Celebrations, and Reenactments Committee. Conference participants from across the nation also viewed the newly released documentary sponsored by a grant received by Halifax County Historical Society and produced for the Society by David Hutcheson of Virginia Multimedia.
According to Dr. Phil Williams, immediate past president of the Virginia Society SAR, "Elevating the Crossing to national historic status will add a new dimension of awareness to the story of the Revolution and the critically important role of saving General Nathanael Greene's Army during the Southern campaign of 1781 and how that led to the victory at Yorktown."
Local residents and those in surrounding areas played a major role in Greene's strategic retreat and subsequent actions against British forces under General Cornwallis.
The annual commemoration held in South Boston during February each year is marked with a number of activities, including a reenactment plus a wreath laying ceremony at the site of the Crossing. South Boston and the county will see a marked increase in participation by SAR members across the nation, as well as members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Children of the Revolution (CAR). According to Society President Barbara Bass, "This is great news and the Society wishes to thanks residents of the county for their continued support over the years. Special thanks go to cosponsors of the events - Berryman Green Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Town of South Boston, Halifax County Middle School, and Dan River Chapter SAR.
The Halifax County Historical Society has two permanent exhibits - one located on the third floor in The Prizery (downtown South Boston) and a riverside exhibit at the site of The Crossing.
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