Contents of Chapter12:
PETER GABRIEL MUHLENBURG is the famous Fighting Clergymen. —Muhlenburg’s Birth and Education. —Goes to England. —Settles in Virginia. —Takes a prominent Part in Political Movements. —Becomes Member of the House of Burgesses. —Raises a Regiment, Of which he is Chosen Colonel. —Preaches his Farewell Sermon. —Orders the Drum to BEAT for Recruits at the Church Door. —Marches to Charleston. — Camps at Valley Forge. —Fights bravely at Brandywine. —At Monmouth. — Commands The Reserve at Stony Point. — Makes a Desperate Assault At Yorktown. —Is made Major General. —Political Career After the War. —Defence of Course in Abandoning Profession.
Clearly understanding his ministry and the value of fighting for Liberty, Muhlenburg leaves the pulpit to be a leader in the Army. He is berated by one of his brothers, another pastor, yet after explaining his position asks the question of his brother in reference to if he would have stayed as a pastor: “Do you think, if America should he conquered, I should be safe? Far from it. And would you not sooner fight like a man than die like a dog?” Later, This same brother clearly understood what Peter said and did to the fact that he becomes a member of Congress in the newly formed Constitutional Republic. Continue reading
William Tennent regarding His Birth and Education. —Settled at Norwalk, Conn. —Removes to Charleston, S. C. —His Eloquence. —His Boldness and Zeal in the Cause of the Colonies. —Makes Patriotic Appeals on the Sabbath. —Is Elected Member of the Provincial Congress of South Carolinia. —Sent with Henry Drayton to Back Settlements to Baffle Tories. —Letters to Henry Laurens and Congress. —Again sent to Congress. —His Character.
An amazing young man who graduated College at 18 and began his ministry. A phenomenal Patriot Pastor who Preach in the pulpit and then spoke at the Court House. Died as a young man but was said to have the potential to become as John Witherspoon. Continue reading
Contents of Chapter 9 and 10:
Rev’s Prime and Eaton are amazing Biblical teachers, patriots and leaders of their communities.
Ebenezer Prime. His Patriotism. —Driven from his Church. —His Library destroyed. —His Death. —Insult to his Grave.
Being old and feeble did not damper his spirit as a Pastor nor his being a solid Patriot. Even in death he tormented the ones that thought they would insult him in the grave.
Samuel Eaton. He Settled In Harpsburg, Maine. —Practices Three Professions. —Attends A Political Meeting. —His stirring Address. —Narrow Escape of an Officer of the King. —Recruiting Officer seeks his Aid. —Eaton addresses the People on Sabbath Evening. —Thrilling Scene. —Soldiers obtained. —His Death.
An amazing Pastor that was the local doctor and legal mind. He knew when to make Patriotism stand with the Gospel as well as Holding the Sacred day in solemn fortitude without mincing words. He knew how to shock his congregation to action!
Contents of Chapter 8:
Samuel Spring, D.D. beginning at His Early Life. —Becomes Chaplain in the Army. —The only Chaplain in Arnold’s Expedition across the Northern Wilderness. —His Description of its Formation. —Preaches at Newbueyport to the Army. —Visits the Tomb of Whitfield. —Description of the March through the Wilderness. —His Sufferings and Labors. —Famine. —His Description of shooting a Moose. —His Labors at Point aux Tremble. —Storming of Quebec. — He leads Arnold out of the Fight. —Leaves the Army. —Settled at Newburyport. —His Interview with Aaron Burr. —His Death.
This is an amazing testimony of how the Glory of God exhibits His Sovereignty to an individual, Samuel Spring. As a young man Dr. Spring then lives the extensibility of the Gospel through a faithfulness of belief put into action. One has to not just watch this video but read this Chapter several times over and ask who else you know that is as Rev. Spring was?
In our day and age I would say few to none.
Contents of Chapter 7:
JACOB DUCHE Opens the first Continental Congress with Prayer.—John Adams’ Description’ of the Scene.—His Patriotic Sermons.—Gives his Pay as Chaplain to the Families of those slain in Battle.—Becomes alarmed, and turns against his Country.—His insulting Letter to Washington.— Flees the Country.—His Return to Philadelphia, his Death.—His Character.
Jacob Duche went from Patriot to traitor because of fear. I wonder, base on his ecclesiastical background and his upbringing if he was a true ‘Patriot of the Day’ when invited to open the first Continental Congress with Prayer. Yet, we have all seen circumstances and mostly fear cause a person to change their perspective. It all comes down to: are your principles rock solid and do you stand on the truth of God’s Word or on emotions that sway the hearts of mankind? Continue reading
Contents of Chapter 5
Personal Influence of the Clergy.
—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: Continue reading
Chapters 3 and 4
This posting is Chapters 3 and 4 of the 46 Chapters in 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. Good governance is God’s governance and the Citizenry during the Founding era 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.
At the end of this posting and future postings we will include the Table of Contents to the book with the links back to the previous Chapters already recorded.
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