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The Lives Of Children During The American Revolution

I couldn’t work any slower than I already was. The summer heat wafted through the open door, blanketing itself around my shoulders, sucking all the precious air out of my lungs. Drowsily, I continued. Over and under. Under and over. With my needle and thread. Sewing, sewing, sewing. It was endlessly mundane. Waist coats, shirts, knee breeches and trousers, jackets, stockings and socks. Over and under. Under and over. Needle and thread. Again and again. A musket ball to the head couldn’t make it any better.

My mother sat across from me. I mimicked her, just like I always did - cross legged on the wooden chair, the garment on my lap, sewing, over and over again. Outside, I could hear the cacophony of grumbling, mumbling, and some cheering soldiers, loading muskets, inventorying gunpowder, taking nips off whatever rot-gut we had in store. I wasn’t old enough to drink, but I knew what they called bad liquor nowadays. We all had to chip in and make some every now and again - people these days didn’t like buying from the red coats. Unless you were a Loyalist, you probably wouldn’t spit around the likes of King George.

Except me. I’m funny like that. It’s not that I’m a lobster back or anything, I’m just…

Different. My father’s a British soldier. Mother and I sew uniforms for the colonial army. He sends me letters whenever he can, but I haven’t gotten one in quite a spell. We stay in Maryland - Father stays wherever. My parents were never divorced - they aren’t granted as easily as you’d think these days. Only about thirty a year around these parts, I think. Mother still wears her wedding ring; I don’t think Father does. It’s been hard, but I can take it.

My political views are, like I said, different. I guess I’m undecided. I help Mother out wherever I can, but I know Father...

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The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) is an organization of persons through 21 years of age who are descendants of a patriot of the American Revolution. Although organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution, it is an independent organization which looks to DAR, SAR and Sons of the Revolution (SR) for its leadership and financial support. A member of the SAR may hold a “Senior” office in their chapter (society), state, regional or National Society.

C.A.R. needs adult leaders, financial support and members. Direct descendants of SAR and DAR members are eligible for membership.

Every SAR state society should have a C.A.R. chairman or liaison officer who focuses support and encouragement on this very worthwhile youth society. It is encouraged to award members of the C.A.R. and the SAR for outstanding work with the SAR/C.A.R. medals of appreciation.

The North Carolina CAR has a web page for further review.

An alternative to male membership in the C.A.R. is the Junior Membership in the SAR:

A Junior Member of the SAR is under the age of 18 who pays annual dues at a reduced rate. He is not eligible to vote or hold office and does not receive The SAR Magazine.

The goal of the Junior Membership program is to allow and encourage States and Chapters to become more active in advancing America’s heritage among youths, i.e., in sponsoring Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) chapters or establishing new and innovative youth programs.

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