Andrew Jackson – November 19, 1779

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

It’s November 19, 1779. I’m in South Carolina at the home of 12-year-old Andrew Jackson.

JG: “Andrew, what are your thoughts about your mother passing away last week in a British prison camp?”

AJ: “John, not only did my mother die of prison fever, but my oldest brother died, too. Those bloody Red Coats shot him! I will fight in their memory for liberty!”

Soon after, Andrew Jackson, at just thirteen years of age, joined the Continental Army and fought bravely for American freedom.

Read more about Andrew Jackson.

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.

Leave a Reply