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Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution: Chapter 21 – James Caldwell

James Caldwell

James Caldwell:Give 'em Watts — His Birth and Ancestry. — Personal Appearance. — Power of his Voice. — His Character. — His Congregation at Elizabethtown.— Made Chaplain. — His Toast on the Reception of the Declaration of Independence. — His Activity. — Rewards offered For His Capture. — Removes To Connecticut Farms. — Goes Armed. — His Services — Letter To Lee. — Assistant Commissary General. — Last Interview With His Wife. — Her Murder. — Fight At Springfield. — “Give ’em Watts”. — Murder of Caldwell. — His Funeral. — His Children. — Monument To Him.

James Caldwell exhibits the character of one who understand the persecution of Christianity. Although he was born in America, his “ancestors were Huegenots, who were driven from France to England by religious persecution, from thence to Scotland, and at last to Ireland, from which his father emigrated to this country. Because of this heritage, James Caldwell had a great heart and passion for the resistance of tyranny and the passion for independence. Continue reading

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