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Chapter 42: Benjamin Boardman

Rev. Mr. Benjamin Boardman

Rev. Benjamin Boardman is Chaplain to Durkee’s Regiment.—His Diary.  Battle of Paulus Hook

Benjamin Boardman (1731-1802) was born at Glastonbury, Connecticut to Edward and Dorothy (Smith) Boardman. He graduated from Yale College in 1758 and was tutor there in 1760. In 1762 he was settled as pastor in Middle Haddam, Connecticut and remained there until 1783. He married Ann (Johnson), widow of Stephen Hosmer. Jr. Boardman served as a chaplain in the Revolutionary War. He was with Captain Comfort Sage’s Troop of Horse from Middletown at the Lexington alarm, and was present at the Boston siege, 1775. He was chaplain of Colonel Durkee’s Connecticut regiment in Washington’s army in 1776. He was installed as the pastor of the Second Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut in 1784. He remained pastor of this church until his death in 1802. (from The History of the Second Church of Christ in Hartford, by Edwin Pond Parker.)

References:

1. Boardman, Benjamin, 1731-1802. Sermons, 1769-1797. Disappoint the Oppressor, which is thy Sword. bMS 730/1 (4), Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School.

2. Boardman, Benjamin, 1731-1802. Sermons, 1769-1797. The Gallant Joab animating his Army in the Defence of the People and Cities of God. bMS 730/1 (2), Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School.

 

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Chapter 41: William McKay Tennent

WILLIAM McKAY TENNENT.

Uncertainty as to his Identity with the subject of the Following Sketch.— Patriotic Sermon delivered before theWilliam M Tennent Gravestone Troops at Ticonderoga.—His Career after the War.—His Death.

William McKay Tennent was born in 1741. He grew up with New Side influences directing his education at home before he entered the College of New Jersey (Princeton University). The College of New Jersey continued the New Side education provided by the Log College. He graduated at the college of New Jersey in 1763, and was ordained to preach in 1772. He married the daughter of Dr. Rodgers, of New York, a distinguished patriot, and a chaplain in the army, and was settled in Greenfield, Connecticut. He was a man of polished manners, and distinguished for his amiability of temper and generous hospitality.

This is the excerpt of a sermon ‘Delivered at the head of Cols. Mott’s and Swift’s regiments when under arms, expecting the approach of the enemy hourly, at Mount Independence, Sunday, October 20th, 1776.

 

Additional References:

1.  More detail then what JT Headley has in his sketch: The Life of the Rev. William Tennent, by Elias Boudinot, LL. D., 1833

2. The Tennent Family and William Mackay Tennent

3. Father-in-Law: John Rodgers, 1727-1811

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Chapter 40: John Hurst

John Hurst: From Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolutionary

John Hurst was chaplain to the 4th, 5th and 6th battalions of Virginia troops that served in New Jersey in 1777. He was a fearless man and an ardent patriot, while no one more faithfully discharged his ministerial duties than he. No incidents of his life have come to my knowledge that require a particular notice. The character of the man, however, and the manner in which lie performed the duties of chaplain, may be gathered from the following extracts from a sermon preached by him to the Virginia battalions, April 20th, 1777. The sermon is dedicated to General Stephens—the dedicatory note closing with the following pithy sentence: “For after all the definitions of patriotism that ever was or ever will be given, this is the quintessence of it, the opposing ourselves foremost in the field of battle against the enemies of our country.”

 

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Rev’s Sandford and Ker – War of Independence Pastors

Rev’s Sandford and KerRev Nathan Ker

No, Rev’s Sanford and Ker is not the title of a new sitcom. In fact, these two ministers of the American War for Independence were ‘expressive in countenance,’ ‘impassioned,’ ‘fearless,’ and pious in a Biblical way.

They are Chapters 38 – David Sandford and 39 – Nathan Ker respectively of J. T. Headley’s ‘Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution.’

Rev’s Sandford and Ker were men that understood and lived the full extent of Biblical Gospel truth. They were patriots and remarkable leaders. Both were highly respected by George Washington but more so by the troops in the fray of battle. Both gave of their personal money to ensure the efforts of Liberty would progress. Continue reading

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Where Are The Pastors? Where’s the Modern George Duffield?

Where are the Pastors?  George Duffield

Video available on Rumble or Brighteon 

Where are the Pastors especially the modern pastors who could fill the shoes of George Duffield? Rev. Duffield is the Pastor who I feature and read about virtually to my Grandchildren from ‘The Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution.’

This week I just about came to tears at the end of Chapter 37 about George Duffield. I know, as I shake my head, I know there are a number of pastors I have no clue about who are standing for the complete Foundational Biblical living as Rev. Duffield exemplifies. Yet, not to the level that he represents. If they were a shadow of Duffield there would not be any of the present day evils that are destroying our Liberties.

Let me give you this statement from Duffield, even as he knew that the British had put a £50 bounty on his head: Continue reading

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Pastors As They Were

Pastors As They Were  John Rogers

Pastors As They Were is a followup to last weeks conversation with Dr. Mike Spaulding. I was compelled to get back to finishing the virtual reading of one of my favorite historical books, ‘The Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution.’ I have dedicated this weeks program to the folks in Lima, Ohio. Dr. Mike and many of the pastors he is associated with fully understand the foundational actions of the pastors represented in the book.

This week I pick up the book for my grandchildren with Chapters 35 (Benjamin Pomeroy) and 36 (John Rogers). Continue reading

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Chaplains and Clergy: Chapter 34 – Moses Allen

     Chapter 34:  Moses Allen.

The quick overview of Moses Allen: — His Early Life. — A Friend of Madison. — Settles in Midway, Georgia. — His Patriotic Efforts. — Chaplain in the Army. — His House and Church Burned. — In the Battle before Savannah. — Is taken Prisoner. — Confined On Board a Prison Ship. — His Sufferings.— Brutality of his Captors. — Attempts to Escape. — Is Drowned. — Denied Decent Burial. Continue reading

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4-11-20 Lost Vote Predicted in 1787

Predicted  Lost Vote by Congressional Action

Control over elections and the potential for a Lost Vote was predicted in 1787 and 1788. The Anti-federalists argued that Article 1 Section 4 would at some point impact the core right of voting and become corrupted.

This Lost Vote is the essence of the program.

Oh, the last reference is a late add that did not go out in the Newsletter nor spoken of on the program. Yes a Governor dictates how his State can and will worship of suffer the consequences. Continue reading

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Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution: Chapter 32 – Judah Champion

     Chapter 32:  Judah Champion.  Judah Champion

The quick picture of Judah Champion: — The Pastor of Litchfield. — His Prayers For His Country. — Extraordinary Scene In Church On The Arrival Of News From The Army. — Women Working On The Sabbath To Prepare Garments For The Soldiers. — The Pastor On The Field Of Battle.

Judah Champion was powerful in prayer to the extent that when someone called for a doctor they also sent for him. Many believed in “the efficacy (the ability to produce a desired result) of his fervent prayer.” Most of all he hated every form of oppression and put ‘the weight of his personal character and his eloquent tongue to the cause of the Colonies.” Continue reading

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9-7-19 Theology Comparison: Founding Era to the Present

Theology Comparison:

The time has arrived once more to do a Theology Comparison of the Founding Era to the Present.

With all that is in the news regarding ‘mass shootings’, ‘climate change’, ‘Antifa’, ‘education’, ‘prison reform’, ‘social issues’ and more; the comparison is such that the US is in the time of the Book of Judges – “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Such that the ‘Christians’ in these United States have run away from their responsibilities in governing. Continue reading

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