What is SAR?

Who Can Join?

How to Join

About Our Chapter

About Our Namesake

About the Battle of Fort San Carlos

Battle of Fort San Carlos Plaque Dedication

Annual Commemoration Now a NSSAR Recognized Annual Historic Event

Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Events

Spirit of 76
The Spirit of '76 is a painting by American artist Archibald MacNeal Willard. It was painted circa 1875, after Willard saw a parade pass by. He painted multiple versions and one currently hangs in the State Department.
continental army
This illustration by Henry Ogden shows the variation in uniform colors worn by the Continental Army.
Fort San Carlos
Picture of Fort San Carlos from a 1909 postcard. Actual image is from c. 1850.


What is Sons of the American Revolution?

The SAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit, United States 501(c)3, corporation that seeks to maintain and extend We do this by perpetuating the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man's eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.

Who Can Join

The SAR is a "lineage" society. This means that each member has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783. Support can include military service, government service, providing supplies to the military, taking an oath of allegiance to the cause, and many other possibilities. Basically anything that helped further the cause of freedom from the Crown. If you have relatives that have been in the DAR or SAR, then you are probably eligible to join. If you think you have a patriot ancestor or if you are not sure, you are more than welcome to visit. We can help you with your research.

How to Join

Using the nav bar at the top of the page, download a blank application. Provide as much information on your lineage going back to your patriot as possible. It's not a big deal if you don't know all of the dates and places. Assemble all of your documentation. You will need copies of birth, death, and marriage records for the first couple of generations. Bring what you have to one of our meetings, and the chapter genealogist will look it over and help you complete the application. Once the application is complete, it will be submitted for approval. Final approval can take anywhere from 2-6 months. I think recently it is taking about 3 months. If you have any questions, contact the chapter genealogist via e-mail. E-mail addresses for all of our officers can be found by clicking on "Get to Know Us" on the nav bar then clicking on "Our Officers."

Our chapter genealogist has just prepared a guide highlighting some genealogy resources that you may not have known about.

About Our Chapter

The Fernando de Leyba Chapter is comprised of Compatriots in the East Central MO area, meeting at 7:00 PM the 2nd Monday of every month (except during the months of July and August) at Culpeppers Restaurant located on 3010 W. Clay St. Charles, MO. Although our Chapter used to be small, it has been growing(almost 50). Join us and see what you have been missing. We meet in the banquet room at Culpeppers. Compatriots usually start arriving between 6:00 and 6:30 and we have an informal dinner and socialize. Our meeting starts at 7:00 and usually lasts no longer than one hour. Next comes our speaker for the night which can be on any topic. Recent topics have included George Rogers Clark, astronomy, Iraq, genealogical research, and the U.S.S. Missouri, a newly built and about to be commissioned nuclear attack submarine.

Spouses are always welcome as are prospective members. If you need help with your application, don't worry. Our chapter genealogist is quite talented and willing to work with you.

SAR sponsors an annual contest open to high school students that challenges them to write an essay about patriotism and American History. The Knight essay contest provides a small prize to the winner. Our chapter had started to encourage participation in this contest and we just selected our winning essay that will be submitted to the state society. The winning state essay will compete for national honors. Congrats to Meredith Pool, who will represent the Fernando de Leyba chapter at the state level competition.

About Our Namesake

Don Fernando de Leyba was appointed governor of Upper Louisiana in June 1778. Though Spain was neutral until 1779, de Leyba contacted George Rogers Clark prior to this and provided support to the Americans.

Fernando de Leyba was responsible for the construction of Fort San Carlos to defend St. Louis. The British, along with Native American allies attacked on May 26, 1780 but were forced to retreat. In 1803 a tornado badly damaged the fort, taking the roof off. Due to Indian scares, the fort was repaired in 1804 and was demolished in 1853.

We remember the crucial and not widely known support our ancestors received from Spain and honor it by naming our chapter after Fernando de Leyba. Attached is an article on the life of Fernando de Leyba written by Kristine L. Sjostrom, an independent researcher and NSDAR-España Chapter member. She is writing a biography on the life of Fernando de Leyba and has graciously provided this article for the Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter Website. We greatly appreciate Ms. Sjostrom’s extensive research and her permission to post her article on our Website.

As part of the 250th birthday celebration of St. Louis, the Post Dispatch has been running a series of articles about the founding of St. Louis. Compatriot Dennis Hahn was recently interviewed for an article that appeared in the March 9, 2014 edition, about Fernando de Leyba and the Battle of Fort San Carlos.

2015 Chapter Meeting

  1. April 13
  2. May 11
  3. June 15
  4. September 14
  5. October 12
  6. November 9
  7. December 14

Chapter Events and Observances

Day & DatePlace & TimeEvent
April 24, 2015 2:00 p.m. at Ball Park Village, 601 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63102 Dedicate the monument for the Battle of Fort San Carlos & 250th Anniversary of St. Louis Plaque that we unveiled last year
March (TBD), 2015 The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center, 1868 Hwy F, Defiance, MO 63341 MOSSAR Color Guard participation in the dedication of the Welcome Pavilion
March or April, (TBD), 2015 The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center, 1868 Hwy F, Defiance, MO 63341 MOSSAR’s Daniel Boone Plaque Dedication
April 24-25, 2015 Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel, 191 Westport Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146 125th Annual MOSSAR Convention
May 13-16, 2015 St. Charles Convention Center

National Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference
MOSSAR/NSSAR will have Booth #217
The NSSAR Operation Ancestor Search (OAS) will have Booth #218

May 24, 2015 Missouri History Museum in Forest Park 2:00 PM Annual Commemoration of the Battle of Fort San Carlos
June 26-July 1, 2015 The Galt House, Louisville KY 125th Annual NSSAR Congress