HJ6037: Commending the Crossing of the Dan exhibit.

Offered June 23, 2008
Commending the Crossing of the Dan exhibit.
Patron-- Hogan

WHEREAS, the Crossing of the Dan exhibit, located in the Town of South Boston in Halifax County, is recognized for its outstanding interpretation of a pivotal action of the Revolutionary War in America and its contribution to preserving the history of the Commonwealth and the nation; and

WHEREAS, in 1781, a small detachment of struggling American troops under Major General Nathanael Greene managed to outrun superior British troops under Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis in a 200-mile chase across the Carolinas into Virginia; and

WHEREAS, near present day South Boston, General Greene’s troops commandeered all available boats and crossed the flooded Dan River at both Boyd’s Ferry and Irvine’s Ferry in Halifax County on February 14, 1781; and

WHEREAS, an outmaneuvered and dispirited British army retreated in chaos, since General Cornwallis and his men were unable to cross the river in pursuit of a daring American army; and

WHEREAS, General Greene’s brave soldiers reorganized and with renewed supplies and munitions recrossed the Dan River and dealt General Cornwallis’ depleted troops a crippling blow at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, forcing the British soldiers to retreat to the coast and on to Yorktown, where they ultimately surrendered; and

WHEREAS, in a cooperative effort with Halifax County to bring visitors to the area, the Town of South Boston raised funds and received a federal grant from Congress in 2004 to establish an exhibit at The Prizery; and in 2008, the Halifax Historical Society received funding to further develop the exciting exhibit commemorating General Nathanael Greene's historic crossing of the Dan River; and

WHEREAS, a permanent exhibit of the Crossing of the Dan, housed on the top floor of The Prizery and overlooking the original Boyd's Ferry site, will commemorate the crossing, portray the contributions of the citizens of Halifax County in their aide to General Greene, and highlight the event’s impact on General Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown and consequently America’s independence from Britain; and

WHEREAS, the crossing of the Dan River in 1781 set the stage for the final sequences in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolutionary War, and the Crossing of the Dan exhibit commemorates a significant action that helped shape the history of the nation; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly commend and congratulate the Halifax Historical Society for its notable achievement and dedication to the Crossing of the Dan exhibit project; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the Halifax Historical Society as an expression of the General Assembly’s gratitude for the organization’s commitment to the culture and history of the Commonwealth and the nation.