Joseph Plumb Martin – December 26, 1776

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

It’s December 26, 1776, the day after Christmas and the day after the famous crossing of the Delaware. I’m in the captured Hessian camp with Jacob and Joseph Martin.

JG: “Well, Mr. Martin, I guess General Washington isn’t so crazy after all.”

JM: “No, Mr. Gillespie, he isn’t. When I saw him praying last night, I knew he would prevail. I also saw my son, Joseph, and many young boys become men last night. They faced their fears of battle and courageously fought for freedom. I am so proud of every one of them.”

Read the full text of George Washington’s letter to John Hancock where he recounts the events of the First Battle of Trenton.

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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