The DAR Americana Collection contains the original signatures of Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.
During the Spanish-American War, DAR purchased a ship’s tender for the USS Missouri to be used as a hospital launch for transporting the wounded from shore to ship.
DAR Members of Note include Clara Barton (founder of the American Red Cross), Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Mamie Eisenhower (wives of Presidents of the United States), and Anna Mary Robertson Moses, the beloved “Grandma Moses”.
About the Cooch’s Bridge Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution: Excerpted from the 1986 history by Lucy Hazen Barnes and the 2003 history by Barbara Putman Clarke Bannowsky
Organized May 14, 1902
Cooch’s Bridge Chapter celebrated its 100th anniversary on May 18, 2002 at a High Tea at the Newark Country Club, Newark, Delaware. There were several 50-year members in attendance as well as guests from the Delaware State Society NSDAR and the Delaware State Society NSSAR.
BATTLE OF COOCH’S BRIDGE
The only land battle ever fought in the state of Delaware took place on September 3, 1777, during the Revolutionary War at Cooch’s Bridge near Newark. This “sharp skirmish” was the first battle of the British campaign to capture Philadelphia, our first capital city.
On August 25, 1777, General Howe’s troops began disembarking near Elk Landing, Maryland after nearly a month at sea coming from New York City. That same day the Continental Army under George Washington entered Delaware and fortified the steep northern bank of Red Clay Creek, thus blocking the most direct route from Elk Landing to Philadelphia.
On the morning of September 3, 1777, a British column of nine thousand men under General Cornwallis advanced toward Cooch’s Bridge from Glasgow. About a half-mile south of Cooch’s Bridge they were fired upon by Continental troops under General Maxwell which were waiting in ambush. The Americans fell back to a defensive position… Read MORE About Us!
Membership – Eligibility Clause: “Any woman is eligible for membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution who is not less than eighteen years of age, and who is descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty to the cause of American Independence, served as a sailor, or as a soldier or civil officer in one of the several Colonies or States, or in the United Colonies or States, or as a recognized patriot, or rendered material aid thereto; provided the applicant is personally acceptable to the Society.” (Constitution, Article III, Section 1.)
About the DAR: The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. DAR members volunteer more than 250,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars. As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 170,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.