Connect with us

Big League National Security

Exclusive: House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul inducted into Sons of the American Revolution

Published

on

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee told Big League Politics about his induction Wednesday into the Sons of the American Revolution and what it means for him, his family to be part of a continuum of service that stretches back to the birth of the Republic.

“My grandfather always told me growing up that I was an Addington,” said Rep. Michael T. McCaul Sr. (R.-Texas), who before his election to Congress, served as a Justice Department prosecutor specializing in counter-intelligence.

“My ancestor, Addington, was in the Carolina Wars,” he said.

Trending: HMM: Actress Rosario Dawson Comes Out as Lesbian Just One Month After She ‘Dated’ Cory Booker

“The Carolina Wars were very ugly. The attrition rate was horrific, it was like Vietnam, it was that attrition rate that defeated the British,” he said. “My ancestor fought at the siege of Ninety-Six, which is almost like the Alamo of the Revolutionary War.”

take our poll - story continues below

Should Mitt Romney be EXPELLED from the U.S. Senate by the GOP for his vote to convict President Trump?

  • Should Mitt Romney be EXPELLED from the U.S. Senate by the GOP for his vote to convict President Trump?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Big League Politics updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Ninety-Six, South Carolina is a small town in the western part of the state and the origin of its name is still debated. In the spring of 1781, Loyalist troops built an eight-point “Star Fort” with 14-foot walls in a addition to a traditional stockade garrison. From May 22, 1781 through June 18, 1781, Continental soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene, and army’s chief engineer Brig. Gen. Tadeusz Kościuszko, sieged the 500 Tories stationed there with a contingent of 1,000.

Siege of Ninety-Six, S.C. reenactors (Park Service photo)

The Patriots dug trenches, employed tunnel mines and built a 30-foot sniper tower to harass the Loyalists for the 28-day engagement.

Greene lost the battle for the town, when Francis, Lord Rawdon marched from Charleston to relieve the siege with 2,000 men. Rawdon was one of the most successful British commanders during the War for Independence, beginning with his star turn at the Battle of Bunker Hill, where he led the third and successful assault against the American position and is credited with delivering the mortal shot that killed Joseph Warren.

Shown here are the ruins of the British Star Fort and Patriot siege lines laid out by the brilliant Polish military engineer, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, at Ninety Six in Greenwood County, South Carolina. These are rare surviving examples of 18th-century military constructions (Photo by Ninety Six National Historic Site).

McCaul said, “For me, what is cool is that my fourth generation grandfather, who was a Patriot, thank God, and my father who had the same middle name–he was a WWII veteran and a bombardier on a B-17–he was part of the D-Day air campaign, so when I spoke at the SAR dinner, I talked about the line of succession between the generations going back to the Revolutionary War, WWII, my father and to the present–serving in Congress.”

In addition to his work in Congress, McCaul was the lead investigator looking into the Red Chinese operatives, who were part of Johnny Chung ring that donated nearly $400,000 to the Democratic National Committee in the two years before President William J. Clinton ran for reelection.

The next step is to visit Ninety-Six and then, Addington’s grave in Franklin County, North Carolina, he said. “It is on my bucket list.”

The chairman said he asked two fellow GOP congressmen if they also had a connection to the Siege of the Ninety-Six. “It is interesting that a guy named ‘Gouedy’ was the head of the Ninety-Six community–I asked Trey Gowdy: ‘Are you related to this?’ He said nah. My ancestor married a Deliah Duncan, so I asked Jeff Duncan of South Carolina.” Duncan told him he did not think they were related.

Joel P. Hinzman, a third vice president at District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, told Big League Politics: “Finding out your history tells you who you are and where you came from, which is really what it is all about.

McCaul said he told Hinzman his grandfather always told stories about the Addington family and how he was supposed to have a relative, who fought in the American Revolution. “My grandfather’s middle name was Addington and my father’s middle name, too–my son’s middle name is Addington”

The Texas congressman worked with Hinzman and the volunteers in the local chapter to conduct the SAR genealogy investigation, he said.

“Sure enough–well, you know with genealogy, you never know what you are going to find, could be good could be bad,” he said. “I am glad I was born in the right family, you don’t know until you actually do the genealogy.”

Hinzman said many Americans did not come from good families in Europe, but they made their names in America. “If you were coming here in the 1700s, things probably were not going that well back home.”

Rep. Michael T. McCaul Sr. admires his Sons of the American Revolution certificates and medals at his Dec. 7, 2017 ceremony in Washington along with is wife Linda and past DC SAR president Paul M. Hays. For many years, Hays was a C-SPAN celebrity as the House reading clerk. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Michael T. McCaul Sr.)

Hinzman said the volunteers spend hundreds of hours researching each potential member.

“You have to find the original documents that prove each generation, so it was not clear-cut,” he said.

“There has to be documented proof,” he said. “We heard his family’s stories and we were able to do the research to prove that it was true.”

William M. Addington enlisted in the Continental Army from South Carolina in 1781, said Hinzman.

“He served three months as a private, then three months as a lieutenant,” he said.

It is a fairly common occurrence that someone would approach a member of the SAR and ask for help revolving if their family legends were true or not, he said.

Hinzman said he is very proud of the SAR program for helping wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “We will chat with service members, and we will work on their genealogy as well.”

Another mission of the SAR is to work with the Veterans Affairs Department to ensure that the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers have a headstone or bronze plate.

Bypass Tech Censorship!

Facebook, Twitter and Google are actively restricting conservative content through biased algorithms. Silicon Valley doesn't want you to read our articles. Bypass the censorship, sign up for our newsletter now!

Bypass Tech Censorship!

Facebook, Twitter and Google are actively restricting conservative content through biased algorithms. Silicon Valley doesn't want you to read our articles. Bypass the censorship, sign up for our newsletter now!

Have a hot tip for Big League Politics?

Got a hot news tip for us? Photos or video of a breaking story? Send your tips, photos and videos to tips@bigleaguepolitics.com. All hot tips are immediately forwarded to BLP Staff.

Have something to say? Send your own guest column or original reporting to submissions@bigleaguepolitics.com.

You Might Like

Big League National Security

John Bolton Completes Turncoat Transformation, Slams Trump White House For Delaying Tell-All Book

Bolton’s book is subject to a national security review.

Published

on

Former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton bemoaned a national security review of his upcoming tell-all book when speaking at Duke University on Monday.

Bolton isn’t pleased that his book, “The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir,” is being delayed while White House national security personnel thoroughly review it to ensure any and all classified information remains private. According to Bolton, the book’s been in review since December 30th, hardly a lengthy period of time to ensure that classified U.S intelligence isn’t released to the broader public.

According to Bolton, the process is censorship.

I say things in the manuscript about what [Trump] said to me; I hope they become public someday. He tweets, but I can’t talk about it — how fair is that?”

take our poll - story continues below

Should Mitt Romney be EXPELLED from the U.S. Senate by the GOP for his vote to convict President Trump?

  • Should Mitt Romney be EXPELLED from the U.S. Senate by the GOP for his vote to convict President Trump?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Big League Politics updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Bolton was fired as National Security Adviser for consistently trying to undermine the President’s America First foreign policy vision, instead preferring a neoconservative approach of regime change, globalism, and wide-ranging foreign intervention.

He’s flirted strongly with anti-Trump resistance liberals since his ouster, falling out of the President’s good graces and drawing his ire in presidential tweets.

This isn’t the first time that Bolton has claimed the White House are censoring him. He incorrectly believed the White House was blocking his access to his official Twitter account, when by all indications it simply appears he was unaware how to bypass the two-factor authentication needed to access Twitter from a new IP address after his firing.

It’s totally reasonable for Bolton’s profiteering book to be delayed for any and all considerations over classified information. The longtime neoconservative pundit will simply have to wait to cash in.

Continue Reading
It's time to name Antifa a terror org! Sign your petition now!


You Might Like

Trending