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Crossing history: Crowd remembers those who fought

Guilford Courthouse Fife and Drum Corps under the direction of Stephen Ware led numerous reenactors, the Halifax County and Chatham High School JROTC color guards and spectators from  The Prizery to Boyd’s Ferry Saturday morning following the 231st annual Crossing of the Dan commemoration ceremony held in the  Chastain Theater.

Public officials Halifax Mayor Dick Moore, South Boston Mayor Carroll Thackston, South Boston Town Manager Ted Daniel and Halifax County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Bryant Claiborne kicked off the ceremony greeting the crowd.

Berryman Green Chapter Regent Anne Raab recognized Erin Glass as the winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest.

“I was surprised I won because there are lots of great writers in the sixth grade, but I was very happy,” Glass said.

Glass said she really enjoyed having the honor of laying the wreath.

“I thought it was a great experience. I had never done it before, and I would like to go back every year,” Glass said. “I was scared about throwing the wreath because I didn’t want to fall in, but it was really fun.”

Douglas Powell, president of the Dan River Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, introduced keynote speaker Phillip Greenwalt.

Greenwalt gave the audience a look into the life of Otho Williams, a “military genius” according to many.

“His story, his life is fascinating and becomes the perfect example to understand the tragedy of war, the satisfaction of commitment to a cause, the perseverance in the face of uncertain future, and the exhilaration of final victory,” Greenwalt said.

Following the commemoration and procession, participants broke for lunch in the banquet hall of The Prizery and returned to Boyd’s Ferry for a mock battle.

Members of the 7th Virginia Regiment, 2nd  North Carolina Regiment,  Peytonsburg Minutemen, His Majesty Brigade of Generals,  His Majesty  Marines and  His Majesty 76th Regiment   reenacted what many say was the turning point of the Revolutionary War.

Saturday’s events marked the end of a three-day celebration of the Crossing of the Dan.

Thursday night local sixth graders performed a play called Green’s Crossing of the Dan.