Samuel Whittemore - American Hero

Yesterday was the birthday of one of my American heroes - Samuel Whittemore.

Never heard of Sam? Here is his story.

Samuel Whittemore was a crippled old man living in the town of Menotomy, Massachussets. Despite long service to the British King as a commander of Dragoons in the French and Indian wars, Sam was a staunch supporter of freedom. When Captain Samuel Whittemore got the alarm of 'The British Regulars are Out!' on April 19, 1775, he knew what he must do.

Sam originally came to America as a member of His Majesty’s Royal Regiment of Dragoons, the King’s shock troops of the day. At 50 years old, he charged into battle at the Siege of Louisbourg during King George’s war. Years later, when 64, he fought in his second war, the French and Indian War, again at a Siege of Louisbourg. After his 68th birthday, in his third war, Sam engaged in hand-to-hand combat for the King in Pontiac’s War, earning a pair of matched dueling pistols from, as Sam said, ‘an enemy who no longer needed them’.

Now, after making America his home, this experienced 80-year-old warrior gathered his musket, those two dueling pistols, and his old cavalry saber. He told his wife he was going to meet the Regulars and fight for liberty. Sam moved to a stone wall about 150 yards from where he knew the British would retreat to Boston. There Sam waited with the patience of old age and experience.

When the 47th Regiment of British Grenadiers came within range, Whittemore fired five shots with such speed and accuracy that the British assumed several Colonials were assaulting them. The British commander sent a large detachment to attack this threat.

As the Regulars charged, Samuel Whittemore killed one with his musket and two more with his flintlock pistols. He was reaching for his trusty old saber when a musket ball blasted his face.

The Regulars then fell upon the old man with their bayonets, stabbing him repeatedly until he stopped moving. They left Sam for dead and resumed their march back to Boston.

Friends found poor Samuel barely alive, bleeding from at least 13 wounds. They picked him up and carried him with great care to Doctor Cotton Tufts in Medford. Dr. Tufts looked at old Sam and shook his head with sorrow; "Your friend will not survive".

And, Sam did not survive. At least, not in the long run, for Sam Whittemore was a man not easily vanquished by Redcoat bayonets. He lived another 18 years.

Captain Samuel Whittemore became the oldest known colonial combatant in the war. Outside Arlington a monument reads: “Near this spot, Samuel Whittemore, then 80 years old, killed 3 British soldiers, April 19, 1775. He was shot, bayoneted, beaten, and left for dead, but recovered and lived to be 98 years of age”.

Sam is the official state hero of Massachusetts.

Sam Whittemore made his choice for American Liberty on April 19, 1775.

What does that have to do with us today?

What peaceful choices must we make to maintain our liberties? We have the power to contact our legislators, to write letters to the editor, to attend political meetings, to run for office, to speak with our neighbors, and to vote.

We conservatives must not be afraid of what repulsive names others may call us.

Be brave, and make your choice for liberty.

Voting machines in North Carolina

Here is an excerpt from a press release from the NC State Board of Elections:

State Board Postpones Decision on New Voting Systems 

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections on Thursday postponed a decision on whether to certify three new voting systems for use in North Carolina elections.

Instead, the five-member State Board voted unanimously to require each vendor, by noon on June 21, to disclose any owners or shareholders with a 5 percent or greater interest or share in the company, any subsidiary companies and the vendor’s parent company.

The three vendors and systems under consideration for certification are:

  • Clear Ballot: ClearVote 1.4
  • Election Systems & Software (ES&S): EVS
  • Hart InterCivic: Verity Voting 2.2

The approval of new voting systems would empower the 100 county boards of elections to choose what equipment best serves their voters in 2020 and beyond. New systems would give the counties options when replacing aging voting machines, some of which are more than a decade old.

Even if ultimately certified, the voting systems vendors and the state and county boards of elections still must comply with many requirements of the law and North Carolina’s Voting Systems Certification Program before any county boards may purchase the equipment.

For voters, public demonstrations of any new voting equipment would be held in various locations in the coming months. Information about each voting system also will be available on the State Board website.

Currently, ES&S is the only certified voting systems vendor in North Carolina. Its products have been used in all North Carolina elections in recent years. They include the DS200 and M100 precinct tabulators, which read and tabulate paper ballots, as well as the iVotronic, a touch-screen, direct-record-electronic (DRE) machine used on Election Day in about 20 counties. (See North Carolina Voting Systems Map.)

Under current state law, DREs will be decertified in North Carolina on December 1, 2019, in favor of paper ballots or voting equipment that produces paper ballots for all voters.

In late July 2018, the State Board hosted a public demonstration of the voting systems. A public comment period was held from July 27 to August 10, 2018. Public comments are available here.

NCGOP 2019 Convention

This past weekend (June 7 - 8) over 1,300 Republican convention delegates met in Concord, North Carolina for our annual convention. As this was an odd-numbered year, one of the main business items was electing a new North Carolina party chair and vice chair.

Please congratulate Michael Whatley as our new Chair, and Miriam Chu elected as our new Vice Chair! We look forward to their leadership and to working with both of them for the next two years.

Voter Identification Seminar

Voters in the 2020 elections will be required to provide identification for that election.

What kind of ID? What is acceptable or not acceptable as identification? 

The North Carolina board of elections and the Chatham County board of elections are hosting a Voter ID Seminar on May 20 in Pittsboro. We encourage all interested voters to attend this seminar (note - this is a seminar, not a debate on the pros or cons of Voter ID, so please come and listen).

Here is a link to the seminar information.

Congratulations Andy Wilkie!

Congratulations to Andy Wilkie who was approved on May 6 as a Chatham County Commissioner to replace Walter Petty. We look forward to Andy's service to the county on the Board. He will be sworn in at the May 20 commissioners meeting.

Andy Wilkie

And thank-you to the Chatham County board of commissioners for approving the recommendation of Mr. Wilkie by the Chatham County Republican Party. 

Commissioner Recommendation

As you probably know by now, Commissioner Petty announced his resignation from the Chatham County Board of Commissioners effective the end of April 2019. The residents of District 5 along with the entire county will miss his calm and steady leadership.

North Carolina Law 153A-27 requires that the remaining Board of Commissioners members must 'consult' with the appropriate political party for a replacement. However, the remaining Commissioners have no obligation to take that recommendation.

On April 29 the Chatham Co GOP Executive Committee submitted Mr. Ernie Andrew Wilkie as our recommended replacement.

The below information was sent to the Board of Commissioners regarding Andy Wilkie's background.  The Chatham County Republican Party respectfully urges the Chatham County Board of Commissioners to confirm Mr. Wilkie as the replacement for Commissioner Petty.

Mr. Wilkie is a Chatham County native and a graduate of Chatham Central High School. He served six years as a paratrooper in the Army Reserves at Fort Bragg before earning a Social Science degree from Appalachian State University. After college graduation, Mr. Wilkie was a Head Start health coordinator for several counties in North Carolina.

While the owner and operator of a Sanford business for 34 years, he created Project Help, a non-profit serving the homeless in Sanford. In addition, to honor a classmate killed in war, Mr. Wilkie created a scholarship fund for high school seniors that continues to award funds annually to four Chatham Central graduates.

A member of the American Legion, Mr. Wilkie has also been a member of the Lions Club, the Chatham County Historical Association, and the Chatham Arts Council.

Chair's Corner Blog

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