Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.
It’s June 18, 1775. I’m at John and Abigail Adams’ farm in Braintree, Massachusetts. John has been gone several months to Philadelphia, serving in the Second Continental Congress. Abigail has been running the farm plus caring for their four children.
JG: “Abigail, how are you getting along?”
AA: “These are difficult times. Yesterday, I watched the smoke rising above Charlestown from the Battle of Bunker Hill, but, like Nehemiah, having made our prayers to God, we face the future unafraid.”
We talk much about the sacrifice made by our founding fathers, but we should be aware that the wives, mothers, and women who also demanded freedom for America made sacrifices just as great.
Read the full text of Abigail Adams’ letter to her husband, John Adams, where she recollects the Battle of Bunker Hill.
John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.