Buffalo River Chapter
William Diamond Society
Children of the American Revolution
"Good citizens cannot be
They must grow..."
Harriett M. Lothrop
1844 - 1924
Sponsored by the Buffalo River Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
Who was William Diamond? "In the clear chill of an early April morning in 1775... Captain John Parker, commanding the Lexington minutemen, directed his drummer boy to go across the road to the Common and beat the call to arms. And when William Diamond, bringing the enthusiasm of his sixteen years to the beating of his gaily emblazoned drum, rolled out the call to the village's minutemen, the War of the American Revolution began. 'William Diamond's Drum,' by Arthur Bernon Tourtellot.
It was the first battle of the Revolutionary War. William Diamond served through the whole war and became a wheelwright in New Hampshire, where he lived to the age of 73. He was a child of the American Revolution.
Buffalo River had never sponsored a Children of the American Revolution society since its formation in 1967, and decided to begin the process in 2004 after Teresa Brewer Campbell volunteered to serve as the Senior President of a newly formed society of the C.A.R. The organizing ceremony took place in March 2006 at the First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Thirteen children were installed by Honorary National President Karen Smith and Senior State President Jane Dugger. All new members were the descendants of Thomas Entrekin, another 16 year old child of the Revolution, who had fought for our freedoms in the south, as opposed to William Diamond, who had been in the north. The Buffalo River Chapter had an impressive tea after the ceremony to welcome all the officials and guests from all over the state.
Since 2006, William Diamond Society has won many national awards: Gold Merit Society every year but one, First Place Awards four times, Second Place Award, and Honorable Mention on our Veterans Program. WDS participates in the annual State Summer Packet meeting and the annual State Convention. Buffalo Riverís sponsored society wins many state awards each year. Organized "for the training of young people in true patriotism and love of country," WDS provides school supplies for children; collects books for the library at Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Grant, Alabama; volunteers to help the American Legion Auxiliary serve veterans on the Saturday before Thanksgiving; marches in Patriotic Parades; provides members who serve as state officers; learns parliamentary procedures; conducts meetings; visits museums; donates books to local libraries; works with the DAR in special projects, and many other activities. Our membership continues to grow as more children become aware of their own families' contributions in the American Revolution.
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