The land surrounding the confluence of the Kanawha River and Ohio Rivers in West Virginia at Point Pleasant is a fairly flat place - but not so the rest of the state. President General Ed Butler of the NSSAR was heard to opine that he was very glad that not all of West Virginia was as flat as Point Pleasant because that may have pushed Texas down to second place as the largest state in the lower 48 states. Still, West Virginia is full of history that is pertinent to the members of the SAR. Whereas there is still some uncertainty as to the "last" battle of the American Revolutionary War, there is no doubt as to the first: by Congressional act, Point Pleasant has been declared "the first battle of the Revolution." The Patriotic organizations gathered here on October 4, 2009 to honor the bravery and the sacrifice of their ancestors who first faced the enemy on their home land.