Susan the Historian
October 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
On October 19, 1911 (101 years ago this week), the Springfield, Illinois, chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Sons of the American Revolution dedicated on the south side of the courthouse square a bronze tablet in memory of the 24 Revolutionary War veterans who were buried in Sangamon County.
As an active member of the DAR, Susan designed the tablet and was in charge of the unveiling. She selected two children to uncover the plaque during the ceremony. I have come across this photo of the event which I did not have when I wrote Susan’s biography, Susan Lawrence: The Enigma in the Wright House. The girl is Mary Agnes Radcliff, and the boy is Harold C. George. Mary was a descendant of Joel Maxcy (Susan’s great great grandfather), and Harold’s ancestor was Phillip Crowder. Both men are listed on the plaque. According to a newspaper account, Mary wore a white and blue sash as a Daughter of the American Revolution, and Harold wore white and orange, the colors of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Although it has been moved, the plaque is still on display in downtown Springfield. With three more names added in 1914, the tablet is now on the right side of the north wall of the kiosk on the Old State Capitol plaza. Furthermore, Phillip Crowder’s grave and headstone are still preserved for us to view on a small plot on busy Chatham Road. These two monuments from the past are unique links to and reminders of Susan’s multifaceted life.