February 3, 2016 marks the 240th Anniversary of an historic march by a courageous group of Queen Anne’s County Minutemen. On this exact day in 1776, 80 citizen soldiers set out on foot (quite literally, as many of the men had no shoes) for a 144-mile march to defend the Courthouse in Northampton County, VA from British Lord Dunmore, the last British governor of Virginia.
As a way of honoring the sacrifices made by these 80 Queen Anne’s County Minutemen, today a smaller – but no less courageous! – group of Maryland citizens embarked on the very same 144-mile journey to the town of Eastville, where the Courthouse still stands.
It's the Queen Anne's County 1776 March for Independence event, and it's happening between Feb. 3 and Feb. 9.
The honorary Minutemen of 2016 include:
- Jack Wilson - Queen Anne’s County Commissioner
- Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin – Event Founder
- Bobby Hunt – Corsica Technologies
- Michael Kessler – Corsica Technologies
- Chris Whitesell – Kent Island Running Group
The original Minutemen set out from George Hansen’s Tavern, which was located at what is now cow pasture at the corner of Hibernia Rd. and Rt. 18.
The honorary marchers left this morning from that exact spot in Centreville as the Minutemen did 240 years ago – then known as Chester Mill, as Centreville wouldn’t officially exist for another couple of decades – and will arrive in Northampton, VA in about 6 days.
“It’s important to recognize history and commemorate it when we can,” said QAC Commissioner Jack Wilson. He then added, “Let the insanity begin!”
According to history, it was fear of a military threat against Annapolis by Lord Dunmore that prompted the Council of Safety to mobilize the Queen Anne’s County Minutemen. At that time, they were one of the only groups equipped with musket and powder (Kent County also had arms). The hope was that as they made their way to Virginia, they would gather help and reinforcements. This however was not the case because in Dorchester County for example, there was only one soldier with one musket.
Things went from bad to worse for the Minutemen – who were already marching barefoot in the snow – when they ran out of food and supplies in Snow Hill. The individual in charge of provisioning the men actually had nothing to provide and no funds. Fortunately, the people of Snow Hill pulled together and provisioned the men with food and supplies. Captain James Kent also paid for shoes to be made for all of the men.
After approximately 12 days of marching, 79 of the original 80 men eventually arrived safely in Eastville. One was sent home during the march, due to a serious illness.
Corsica Tech is Proud to Support the Queen Anne's County 1776 March for Independence
We are very proud that 2 of participants in the Queen Anne’s County 1776 March for Independence are representing Corsica Technologies.
Bobby Hunt and Michael Kessler both volunteered to be a part of the March and are proud to be a part of the 5-person team commemorating this historic event in Queen Anne County’s history.
“Corsica Technologies is a veteran-owned company, so being a part of this initiative is our way of honoring all of those who serve our country, both past and present,” said Hunt. “It’s a really big honor to be a part of this team and I’m excited to get started.”
Added Kessler, “Two of Corsica’s owners are former Marines, so when the idea of being a part of this event was presented it just seemed like a perfect way for us to honor our county’s military tradition, our co-workers who are former military, and all of those who serve in the military still today.”
Day 1 Update:
Mike has reported in that they completed 22 miles today (Feb. 3), stopping for the day in Easton, MD.