August 20, 2013
Peter Rowley, a summer resident of Willsboro, spoke to Champlain Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at their regular monthly meeting on July 25. Rowley is a past president of the Texas Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Chapter and is now involved at the Texas State level as Color Guard Commander. He also belongs to the Society of the War of 1812. First, portraying the character of Captain Caleb Haight of the Dutchess County Militia, Sixth Regiment, Mr. Rowley wore the uniform pictured above. He spoke about the service of Caleb Haight, an ancestor of Rowley. He fought in the Battle of Oriskany where many colonist soldiers died. After an “intermission,” where Rowley’s wife, Sandi Craig, talked about life in the late 1770’s, Rowley re-entered wearing the “red coat” uniform of the British General John Burgoyne, who was defeated by the colonists at the Battle of Saratoga. Following his talk, a short question and answer period was held.