Historical Society Seeks Descendants of “Washington’s Immortals”

Historical Society of Kent County
April 24, 2017

Author of the Immortals’ story to speak at Society’s Annual Meeting dinner


The Historical Society of Kent County is collaborating with Maryland chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) to gather information about the Maryland 400. These Marylanders, “gentlemen of honour, family and fortune” who became known as “The Immortals,” are credited with protecting the Continental Army in a battle that could have ended the American Revolution almost at its start.

That battle was fought in August, 1776, when the British attacked the patriot army that had been holding Brooklyn Heights. With fierce and repeated bayonet charges, the Maryland regiment prevented the British from crossing the East River into lower Manhattan and enabled the Continental Army to retreat and survive. The Battle of Brooklyn felled 256 of the Maryland 400, but its leaders regrouped and, along with battalions from Delaware and fresh recruits from Maryland, went on to fight in most of the key battles of the Revolutionary War. These included Trenton, Stony Point, Camden, Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse and Yorktown.

The Historical Society and SAR are seeking anyone who has relatives who served in, or fought alongside, the Maryland 400. The organizations want to gather both family stories and artifacts, such as letters and objects, related to that Maryland regiment and those battles.

On April 27, 2017 the bestselling military historian Patrick K. O’Donnell will speak to the Annual Meeting dinner of the Historical Society about the Maryland 400. Mr. O’Donnell’s 2016 book, Washington’s Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution, was recently named one of the 100 Best American Revolution Books of All Time by the Journal of the American Revolution.

Mr. O’Donnell will be joined by Major General James A. Adkins (ret.), Eastern Shore native and Washington College graduate, who in 2015 completed his 40-year U.S. Army career serving as Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard. General Adkins will discuss the Sons of the American Revolution effort, which he is leading, to reclaim and do justice to the memory of the Immortals.

Anyone who has information about the Maryland 400 or is interested in attending the Society’s Annual Meeting dinner may call or email the Society president, Stephen Frohock at the Society, 410-778-3499, or director@kentcountyhistory.org


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KCPS Teacher of the Year Visits CBG on April 27, 2017

April 23, 2017

Meeting on April 27th, 7:30am
Holiday Inn Express, Chestertown.

Come and meet Jedina Frazier, 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year for Kent County.

No doubt she will tell us the good things that are happening in the schools here. Maybe she will offer some advice from someone “in the trenches” who knows what might be improved.

We’ll ask what her feelings are about school system consolidation and how teachers feel it impacting their future and the future of students in Kent County.

We have a Teacher, So “Come Learn with Us!”

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Plan to arrive in time to purchase a delicious Holiday Inn Breakfast to help CBG cover the costs associated with our meeting room.

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PotW: Earth Day in Chestertown

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April 22, 2017 was Earth Day in Chestertown and one of the unique items, at least in my thinking, at the event is Infinity Recycling’s Guess the Weight Contest.

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Schooner Sultana in St. Michaels in May and Again in June

April 21, 2017

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s has announced that the Sultana will be visit the museum in May beginning mid-afternoon on Friday May 12, 2017 through Thursday May 25, 2017 and again in June from Friday, June 23, through Monday, June 26, 2017

During the visit the Sultana will be hosting students in an under-sail environmental science program out on the Miles River during the weekdays and can be seen dockside over the weekend.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s waterfront campus and 12 exhibition buildings are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with drop-in cruises available on the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle Fridays through Mondays beginning Memorial Day weekend through October. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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Spring Turkey Hunting Season is In; Sunday Hunting Too

April 21, 2017

The Spring Turkey Hunting season began on April 18th. The 2017 General Assembly approved and the Governor Hogan recently signed legislation that permits turkey hunting on private land in Kent County on all remaining Sundays during the 2017 spring hunting season. The first is this Sunday, April 23rd and also on April 30th, May 7th, May 14th and May 21st, 2017.

“We are pleased to offer additional Sunday hunting opportunities for spring turkey hunters,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said in a recent press release. “This will make it easier for hunters to find time to enjoy what the spring woods have to offer.”

Kent joins the list of other Maryland counties (Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles and St. Mary’s) that permit Sunday hunting on private lands during the spring turkey season. Sunday turkey hunting is also permitted on private and designated public lands in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, and on all lands in Dorchester County.

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KCPS 2017-18 Pre-K Registration is Coming in May

April 20, 2017

One of the biggest attraction for parents with young children in Kent County is that the Public School System is committed to a free universal all-day pre-kindergarten program. Any child living in Kent County and will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017 are eligible.

With the closure of two Elementary Schools, Worton and Millington, registration will only be open at three schools. May 17, 2017 at Galena Elementary School, May 18, 2017 at Rock Hall Elementary School and May 23, 2017 at H.H. Garnet Elementary School in Chestertown.

Parents are being asked to call the three schools to set up an appointment for registration day. The phone numbers are: Galena Elementary, 410-810-2510; Rock Hall Elementary, 410-810-2622; and Garnet Elementary, 410-778-6890.

When applying for pre-K, parents should bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization certificate and records, proof of residency and their child’s Social Security card. Guardians should be bring proof of custody as well. While the KCPS pre-K program is universal, parents are still required to submit proof of household income, such as their latest tax return, W2 form or payroll stub.

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