Chapter 33: Alexander McWhorter.
The quick picture of Alexander McWhorter: — His Early Life. — Zeal In The Cause Of Liberty. — Sent South By Congress To Rouse The Inhabitants. — Accompanies Washington In His Retreat Through New Jersey. — Made Chaplain Of Knox’s Brigade. —Leaves The Army. — Settles In North Carolina. — His Library And Furniture Destroyed By The British. — Flees To Pennsylvania. — Sent To England To Raise Funds For Princeton College. — Revisits His Native Place. — His Death.
Alexander McWhorter had such a clear understanding or the deepest aspects of the reason for the revolt against England that he was made an envoy to North Carolina. Congress sent him south to North Carolina because of his zeal for Liberty. He went to rouse the people to Action. For this, McWhorter was greatly maligned by the Tories and had to leave the effort.
McWhorter was with Gen. Washington on the march to Trenton. He gave his all of himself in service to the army. He was all in for the cause of Liberty but his service was cut short when his wife was hit by lightning.
Through the course of the war, McWhorter has great personal loss but was strong in his faith and love of country. He was made a trustees of Princeton College and served well in this capacity. The story of his old age is most interesting. It reminds us that in the end only God knows who we are as an individual.
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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