The Crossing of the Dan – 235th

February 13, 2016 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Prizery
700 Bruce St
South Boston, VA 24592


235th Anniversary*

Crossing of the Dan Commemoration

February 13, 2016

9 a.m. to 12 noon

Chastain Theatre, The Prizery

  1. *Co-hosted by the Berryman Green Chapter, NSDAR; Dan River Chapter Virginia Society, SAR; Halifax County Historical Society; Town of South Boston and Halifax County Middle School.

Featured Speaker: Janet Uhlar

“Freedom’s Cost: The Story of General Nathanael Greene”

   Janet Uhlar, author, lecturer, and screenplay writer, has written two books on forgotten heroes of the American RevolutionOne is  entitled Liberty’s Martyr: The Story of Dr. Joseph Warren, andthe other, which will be the topic of South Boston’s 2016 Crossing of the Dan Commemoration is Freedom’s Cost: The Story of General Nathanael Greene.

   Uhlar’s passion for the American Revolution is evident.  In her writing, she presents biography through the living, breathing form of biographical fiction.  The characters lived; the events occurred.

   The dialogue carries the stories.  Janet firmly believes that when the private lives and unique personalities of historical figures are presented, and the dynamics between these characters brought out, history becomes much more than cold black print on a stark white page.  History takes on a life of its own, with true flesh and blood individuals whose acts of courage, indifference, or cowardice shaped the world we live in today.  This living history helps us relate to those who have gone before – offering inspiration, courage, and a sense of determination.

   The author serves is on the Board of Trustees of the Nathanael Greene Homestead, and on the advisory board of the Mulberry Grove Foundation. Her lecture on Nathanael Greene was instrumental in the Valley Forge monument project (8/7/15) by the General Society of the Sons of the Revolution.

Additional Information from the events website:

Crossing of the Dan Receives National Recognition

As one of the American Revolutionary War’s Turning Points

   The retreat to the Dan River began in January 1781 following an American victory at Cowpens in South Carolina. It soon became a “Race to the Dan” from North Carolina into Virginia, won by General Nathanael Greene February 14th when his troops crossed the rain-swollen Dan River at Irvin’s and Boyd’s ferries leaving Cornwallis’ troops stranded on the other side without boats. This tactical retreat saved the American Southern Army and the historical significance of the event, places the Dan River crossing on a unique list of landmark sites of the American Revolution. In September the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) elevated the event to national prominence. (2013 Reenactment photos courtesy of Joe Chandler, Gazette-Virginian Newspaper.)


Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m.

Celebrate the 235th Anniversary of the Crossing of the Dan River

Chastain Theatre, The Prizery, and at site of Boyd’s Ferry (Riverside Exhibit Area)


Greetings and Presentation of Wreaths (Chastain Theatre, The Prizery)

    Local officials, representatives of local and other chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution

and Daughters of the American Revolution

Recognition of the 6th Grade Essay Contest Winner

Speaker: Janet Uhlar

   Author, lecturer and screenplay writer

Topic: Freedom’s Cost: The Story of Nathaneal Greene

(For more information about the speaker, click on the “Visit” section of the website.)

Procession to the Crossing Site/Riverside Exhibit

   Weather permitting, guests may walk to the actual Boyd’s Ferry Crossing site where a dramatic re-enactment of the Crossing of the Dan by British and Colonial troops will complete the day’s activities. A replica of a ferry boat will transport troops across the river as muskets and cannons fire.

The permanent Crossing of the Dan exhibit, located on the 3rd-floor Banquet Hall of The Prizery, will

be open before and after the Saturday program.

For more information or for special needs, contact Anne Raab, Registrar, Berryman Green Chapter, NSDAR,

P. O. Box 515, Halifax, VA 24558, (434) 470-1350, email or

Bernard Baker, SAR Chapter, .

For other information, visit:

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