Martha Washington – July 1, 1775

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s July 1, 1775. I’m with Martha Washington who is reading a letter from her husband, George. He has just been voted by Congress to be the commander-in-chief of the army.

JG: “Mrs. Washington, can you share your husband’s thoughts with us on his appointment?”

MW: “My husband does not desire this position, he’d rather be home with our family, and is asking God to give him the strength to lead America with wisdom.”

Like her husband, Martha Washington was a plainspoken, kind, and gentle woman who tended to six soldiers and prayed for them.

Read the full text of George Washington’s letter to his wife, Martha Washington, where he relayed the news that it had been “determined in Congress that the whole army, raised for the deffence of the American cause, shall be put under my care.”

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.

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