School & Community
Sons of American Revolution donate books to RCHS
Lynn Freeman, Bill Spencer, Stan Evans, and James Stone, members of the Sons of the American Revolution, visited Rhea County High School to present copies of the book Profile of a Patriot: Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, Hero of Kings Mountain to the Library and the JROTC department.
Stephen O. Addison, an historian from Cleveland, Tennessee, wrote the book about Revolutionary War hero Colonel Benjamin Cleveland. After Addison’s death, his family donated the books to the Sons of the American Revolution, who agreed to donate the books to local schools and libraries in Bradley County, Polk County, and Rhea County to promote history education and patriotism. The men are also teaching the students about the different uniforms the Revolutionary-era soldiers would wear.
Benjamin Cleveland was a North Carolina native, who became known as the “Terror of the Tories” for his treatment of British supporters during the war. He commanded troops at the Battle of Kings Mountain, one of the most important battles to take place in the South. The city of Cleveland, Tennessee is named in his honor.