Joseph Plumb Martin – December 3, 1779

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

It’s December 3, 1779. I’m near Morristown, Pennsylvania, marching through a blizzard with teenage soldier Joseph Martin.

JG: “Joseph, how are we going to survive this horrible winter? Can our troops make it until Christmas?”

JM: “John, this is worse than Valley Forge, but God gave us the strength to make it through that winter and, with His help, we will make it again and live to worship His son on Christmas Day.”

Joseph and General Washington’s army did make it through that horrible winter and went on to secure freedom to worship for all Americans.

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.

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