The quick picture of Israel Evans: — His Character. — Ordained Chaplain in the Army. — Remains with His New Hampshire Brigade through the War. — Stands Beside Washington at Yorktown. — Anecdote of Him and Washington. — His Sermon on the Field of Battle. — Settled at Concord, New Hampshire. — His Death.
Israel Evans was one with and of the heart and spirit of King David. He was finally attuned to military life, battle and the “Extensibility” of the Gospel. His harrowing times in all battles are not well documented but he was next to Washington at Yorktown when a cannon ball hit at their feet.
Pastor Evans “at the commencement of the struggle between the Colonies and Great Britain was a warm, uncompromising patriot. Having chosen his profession before the breaking out of hostilities, he did not consider it his duty to relinquish it, though from what is known of his character there is but little doubt that, had he been an ordinary citizen, he would have entered the army as a soldier.” From what we learn about Israel Evens we can see that for the love of Liberty and his country, he would run to the heat of the conflict, never running away or minimizing it.
In the end, “He published several of his sermons after the war,all of which exhibit his stern, unyielding patriotism.” Yet he because of his earnest honesty, he eventually retired from the pulpit and continues as a Patriot.
The Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution is the Historical Fact that Christianity (see the link at the end) is the root of our American Heritage and a key factor in the inspiration of the Revolution. God governance is God’s governance and the Citizenry understood this. Those that were Chaplains and Clergy were not just religious mouth pieces. NO, They were warrior Patriots that spoke first the Word of God and then the musket or sword.
I am reading this book as if to my Grandchildren. My great hope is that parents and Grandparents would do the same. I hope and pray more that Pastors would be in these tumultuous times as the same that these Founding Clergy and Chaplains were.
Let us all learn and act according to the Blessing and examples they set for US in our Foundation.
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