Contents of Chapter 5
—Appointment of Chaplains. —Correspondence Between The Ministers Of CONNECTICUT AND MASSACHUSETTS.
Pastors directly involved: Thaxter, Foster and Payson fighting at Lexington and Concord. — “Washington asks Congress for Chaplains. —Number and Names of, in the Army at Cambridge. —The Plan of one for two Regiments broken up. —Washington’s Second Letter to Congress on the Subject. —His General Order respecting Chaplains. The Pastor/Chaplains acting. —David Ely. —Joseph Fish. —Jonah Stearns. —John Mills. —David Caldwell. —Thomas Read. —Robert Davidson. —Elizur Goodrich. —Wm. Gorham. —John Steele. —Francis Cummings. —Azel Roe.—IIezekiah Balcil,—Charles McKnight. —Manasseh Cutler. —Nathan Strong. —Nathaniel Porter.—Annie Robins. —John Cleveland.—Samuel McClintock. —Hezekiah Ripley. —Isaac Lewis. —Dr. Latta. —Dr. Armstrong.
There are three key takeaways from this chapter:
- First, Pastors understood the ‘Extensibility’ of the Gospel and the ‘Whole’ Bible as it completely applies to all of life including ‘Liberty’ and ‘Patriotism’.
- Second, That General Washington was and always considered Christian Chaplains necessary for maintaining a moral and ready military.
- Third, that although only a few Chaplains are represented in this Chapter – the majority were of like mind and understanding in the full effects of living a temporal life, which includes fighting tyranny for the sake of Liberty/Religion.
This book 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. I hope 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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