Daughters of the American Revolution
General William Lewis Chapter
Organized April 12, 1969
"An Artillery wife, Mary Hays McCauly (Molly Pitcher) shared the rigors of Valley Forge with her husband, William Hays. Her actions during the battle of Monmouth on June 28, 1778 became legendary. That day at Monmouth was as hot as Valley Forge was cold. Someone had to cool the hot guns and bathe parched throats with water.
Across that bullet-swept ground, a striped skirt fluttered. Mary Hays McCauly was earning her nickname "Molly Pitcher" by bringing pitcher after pitcher of cool spring water to the exhausted and thirsty men. She also tended to the wounded and once, heaving a crippled Continental soldier up on her strong young back, carried him out of reach of hard-charging Britishers. On her next trip with water, she found her artilleryman husband back with the guns again, replacing a casualty. While she watched, Hays fell wounded. The piece, its crew too depleted to serve it, was about to be withdrawn. Without hesitation, Molly stepped forward and took the rammer staff from her fallen husbandís hands. Resolutely, she stayed at her post in the face of heavy enemy fire, ably acting as a gunner.
For her heroic role, General Washington issued her a warrant as a noncommissioned officer. Thereafter, she was widely hailed as "Sergeant Molly." A flagstaff and cannon stand at her gravesite at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. A sculpture on the battle monument commemorates her courageous deed."
The General William Lewis Chapter was named for William Lewis,
who served in the Virginia Militia at age 12. After a military career in Virginia and Kentucky, he resigned in 1815 and migrated west. He settled in Arkansas territory at Pecannerie on the Arkansas River near present day Morrilton in 1918.
Jean Bateman Walt Stallings was Organizing Regent, Marion Ryland Love, Vice-Regent, Sarah Clark
Moose Turney, Corresponding Secretary, and Lula Doyle Baird, Registrar.
The chapter has been served by 18 regents, one of whom was Honorary State Regent, Alma Brazil. Sharon Hamilton was State Recording Secretary for 1998-2000, Anne Crofoot
Queen was State Chaplain for 2000-2002, and Patty Windle was State Treasurer for 2002-2004.
Three DAR chapters have been organized by members of the General William Lewis Chapter: Cadron Post, Maria Van Buren, and Persis Lovely.
| REGENT||Leeann Mobley||VICE REGENT||Wanda Delacerda
||COR/REC SECRETARY||Becky Jackson
| REGISTRAR||Doris Bonds|
|HISTORIAN||Pearl Jones (Mrs. Meredith)|
The General William Lewis Chapter meets the second Sunday of each
month during the months of September through May at 2:00 P.M.
with a few changes each year.
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