Captain John Parker – April 19, 1775

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

It’s April 19, 1775. I’m at the Battle of Lexington with Captain John Parker.

JG: “Captain Parker, do you really have any chance to defeat the world’s most powerful army?”

JP: “Johnny, we are only seventy minutemen and they are seven hundred strong, but we can’t take it anymore. We must stand our ground. We won’t fire unless fired upon, but, if they mean to have war, let it begin here.”

Begin it did as “the shot heard round the world” proclaimed America was ready to fight for freedom.

Read the deposition of Captain John Parker concerning the Battle at Lexington.

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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