Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Real Mccoy Event Chairman's Ancestor Was Officer in Local Militia

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Real Mccoy Event Chairman's Ancestor Was Officer in Local Militia

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In August 1804, just three months after William Clark and Meriwether Lewis stopped at St. Charles on their famous expedition, Daniel McCoy was commissioned a lieutenant in the Spanish Milicia in St. Charles.

Mark McCoy of Lake Saint Louis is a charter member of the Milicia de San Carlos, a military re-enactment group that performs tactics and maneuvers similar to those undertaken by Daniel McCoy, his ancestor.

St. Charles was one of five districts in the upper Louisiana territory belonging to Spain. According to McCoy, the Spanish Milicia was a presence in the area from the 1770s until the United States took possession in 1804.

"The Milicia was similar to the National Guard. All men from 15 to 50 were required to serve," he said. "Daniel Boone's son-in-law, Captain Calloway, was the local commander when Daniel Clark got his commission and Lewis and Clark began their journey West."

McCoy, who teaches physics at St. Charles High School, is chairman of this year's Lewis and Clark Heritage Days. The event is planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Frontier Park in St. Charles. Features include a parade, craft demonstrations, food of the era, a children's activities tent and a fiddle contest.

McCoy has worked on the Lewis and Clark Heritage Days committee for the past five years. He said organizers are grateful that after two years of being chased by the water to South Main Street, this year's event will be in the more spacious environs of Frontier Park.

Some of the highlights of Lewis and Clark Heritage Days include:

1804 Flag-raising and -lowering - Spanish, French and American flags of the period will be raised at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and lowered at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m Sunday on the riverbank in front of the Katy Depot.

"As each flag is raised, the national anthem of that country is played. …

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