Martha Bratton – June 28, 1780

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

It’s June 28, 1780. I’m in Charleston, South Carolina, with Patriot Martha Bratton.

JG: “Martha, what are you doing?”

MB: “Shh! John, I’m laying a trail of gunpowder to the redcoats’ ammunition supply depot. Look out! I’m lighting it. Run, John, run!”

JG: “Whoa! Martha, you blew up the whole warehouse!”

Martha was captured and, eventually, let go by a kind British officer. Later, that kind officer was captured. Martha persuaded the American officers not to hang him.

Read more about the life of Martha Bratton during the Revolutionary War.

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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