Connor Simmons, a home schooled student from Friendship, was honored at the Maine State Organization of the DAR as the fifth grade State winner of the DAR American History Essay Contest. Connor and his family attended the March 16 banquet of the State DAR Conference held in Auburn, Maine. Members of the sponsoring DAR Chapter, Lady Knox, were also present for this award.
Connor wrote his 446 word essay about Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory. Galvez, with the help of Irish American Oliver Pollock, smuggled supplies up the Mississippi River for George Washington’s troops. Galvez and his army also assisted the Americans by fighting the British. The battle to defeat Pensacola is considered to be “a decisive factor in the outcome of the Revolution and one of the most brilliantly executed battles of the war.” Bernardo was one of many forgotten patriots who supported the American struggle for Independence.
Students in grades fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth are eligible each year to submit essays on the subject chosen by the DAR. The topic was sent last fall to Knox County public and private schools and to the Home School organization.
For more information on the American History Essay and the Lady Knox Chapter DAR, please contact Suzy Shaub, 785-6092