Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.
It’s August 27, 1776. I’m at the Battle of Long Island with Joseph Martin.
JG: “Joseph, hundreds of Yankees are dying out there. Is there any hope?”
JM: “John, it looks like we are surrounded! We are pushed into a little corner of Long Island. 10,000 British troops are in front of us and a 20,000 red coat naval force is behind us. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
General Washington, in his desperate situation, kept his wits about him and retreated safely across the East River to New York to fight another day.
Read the full text of Joseph Plumb Martin’s fascinating book, A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier.
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.