The Christopher Casey Chapter of the Missouri Society, Sons of the American Revolutionary War will honor Revolutionary War veteran Pvt. Samuel W. Rhodes with a ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in Hillcrest Cemetery. The ceremony will unveil a memorial marker for Rhodes, who was a Callaway County resident at the time of his death.
For the ceremony, The Missouri Society, Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard will present the colors and the MOSSAR Color Gaurd will dress in Revolutionary War period uniforms. The ceremony is open to the public.
Rhodes is a patriotic ancestor of Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell. He was born around 1753. Rhodes enlisted to fight in the American Revolution in Botecourt County, Virginia. He was a private in the 2d Virgina Regiment. Rhodes served in the military until Dec. 31, 1781, when he was honorably discharged in Salisbury, North Carolina.
He fought in several Revolutionary War battles including Guilford Court House on March 15, 1781, Hobkirk's Hill on April 25, 1781, and the Siege of 96 between May 22 and June 19, 1781.
After serving in the military, Rhodes became a farmer. He moved to Missouri. He was a Callaway County resident when he died Feb. 15, 1825.
Rhodes' family descendents will attend the ceremony. Third Vice President of MOSSAR Dale Schmidt will give remarks and a there will be a musket salute.
The Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution are educational, patriotic and historical societies. The groups members are direct descendants of those who supported the American Independence between 1774 and 1783.