Joseph Martin – August 16, 1777

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

It’s August 16, 1777. I’m at the Battle of Bennington with teenage Yankee soldier Joseph Martin.

JG: “Joseph, the British are coming with more reinforcements! Look out! Look out!”

JM: “Mr. Gillespie! We’ve held off hundreds of Redcoats all afternoon! We can’t give in! We must fight on!”

JM: “Look, John! They’re leaving! They’re retreating! Hooray!”

The British surrendered 700 men and lost over 200, with the Americans losing only twelve men.

Read more about the Battle of Bennington.

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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