Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.
It’s September 15, 1776. I’m in New York City with Mary Murray, the wife of wealthy Tory merchant Robert Murray.
JG: “Mrs. Murray, last week General Washington was your guest. How is it on the following day you received the British generals Howe, Cornwallis, and Clinton?”
MM: “Mr. Gillespie, I had a plan. I knew General Washington needed precious time so I fed the British generals the finest meal, the finest wine, and I flattered and flirted the silly Red Coats into singing and dancing for hours, just long enough for General Washington and his Continentals to slip away.”
Read more about the incident in the words of James Thatcher, a surgeon who was traveling with General Washington’s army.
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.