Members of the Colonel John Haslet Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution visited the Old Presbyterian Cemetery in Dover to clean the gravestone of Col. Haslet, the commander of the Continental Army’s 1st Delaware Regiment in the American Revolution and the chapter’s namesake.

The cleanup was undertaken during the National DAR Day of Service celebrating the anniversary of the DAR's founding on Oct. 11, 1890. Under Haslet’s leadership, the Delaware Regiment fought bravely in the Battles of Long Island and White Plains and crossed the Delaware River on Dec. 25, 1776, with Gen. George Washington's army to attack the British at Trenton. Eight days later, on Jan. 3, 1777, Haslet was killed in action during the Battle of Princeton.

Founded in 1897, the chapter works on projects that promote historic preservation, education, good citizenship and patriotism. DAR members can prove lineal bloodline descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.

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