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A letter from a relative of Archibald M. Willard, painter of "Spirit of 76 - Yankee Doodle"

J.C.Smith,
son of the great-great nephew of the original artist, Archibald M. Willard,

in his FoundersOfAmerica.com
Spirit of '76 Tshirt!
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Dear FoundersOfAmerica.com:
 
Attached is a photo of me wearing my "Spirit of '76" T-Shirt from Founders of America.com!  It's a beautiful shirt, and my wife and I both plan to wear them in honor of the July 4th celebration!
 
"The Spirit of '76" was painted by Archibald M. Willard of Wellington, Ohio. He is my mother's (Anne Louis Willard Smith) great, great, uncle. The entire Willard family is extremely proud of "Uncle Arch" and his famous "Spirit of '76!" Archibald Willard served in the Civil War as a color sergeant and his country's flag became one of deep significance to him.  He conceived the idea for the "Spirit of '76" when he looked up from his easel and observed three musicians (a fifer, an adult drummer, and a boy drummer) strutting in the Wellington Public Square. The painting, an 8 X 10 ft. canvas, won immediate acclaim at the Nation's 1876 Centennial in Philadelphia, following which it was purchased by General Devereaux, father of the drummer boy, and given to his hometown of Marblehead, Mass., where it hangs in Abbott Hall today.  It is considered to be one of our nation's most inspirational and patriotic paintings and destined to have everlasting appeal!
 
Please give my best regards to everyone!
 
J.C. Smith
 
self-portrait of
Archibald M. Willard (1836-1918), painter of
"Yankee Doodle - Spirit of '76"
Anne Louis Willard Smith, great great niece of Archibald M. Willard
 
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I will pass the word along to my "Sisters In Arms" (The Daughters of the American Revolution),
 
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Susan Clack, Chapter Regent
Capt. Henry Sweetser Chapter, NSDAR
Santa Maria, CA 
 
 
 
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