Naphtali Dagget is the amazing Patriot President of Yale: — Professor of Divinity in Yale College. —The College broken up. —Invasion of Tryon. —Terror of the Inhabitants. —A Company of a Hundred Young Men raised to resist Him. —Dr. Dagget and his Black Mare. —Advances alone to Reconnoiter. —The Fight. —The Retreat. —Dr. Dagget refuses to run. —Interview with the British Officer. —Forced to guide the Column. —Brutal Treatment. —Rescued by a Tory. —His Sickness. —Death
Naphtali Dagget is one on the most remarkable of the clergy to fully engage in the revolution not just from the pulpit and classroom but as a person of action. Considering the odds against him with the army of Tryon advancing, he stands alone on a hill top fighting over 2,500 British troops.
In the end of all things, Dr. Dagget lives that which he has taught regarding the extensibility of the Gospel regarding resisting tyranny. Furthermore, he is stabbed and castigated for his willingness to hold true to his principles.
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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