Dr. Benjamin Rush – October 21, 1777

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

It’s October 21, 1777. I’m with the surgeon general of the Continental Army, Dr. Benjamin Rush. He’s calling for the resignation of General Washington.

JG: “Dr. Rush, why have you called for Washington to step down?”

BR: “Mr. Gillespie, I’m sorry, but our army is in a desperate situation and we need new leadership. General Washington is incompetent and can’t lead our new nation anymore.”

Our army survived that horrible winter of 1777 and the few leaders who doubted soon realized that Washington was a great commander.

Read the full text of Dr. Benjamin Rush’s fascinating letter to John Adams, written October 21, 1777, where he compares General Washington to General Gates.

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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