Andrew Jackson – August 1, 1780

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

It’s August 1, 1780. I’m with the captured American teenage Patriot, Andrew Jackson.

JG: “Andrew, why are you in this British jail?”

AJ: “John …”

Redcoat: “Andy, get in here and black my boots!”

AJ: “No! You killed my brothers and my mother, and you killed freedom in America!”

Redcoat: “You Yankee upstart!”

JG: “Andrew, are you okay?”

AJ: “John, my arm is cut!”

While the British officer cut Andrew Jackson’s arm, they never destroyed his resolve to fight for freedom. Andrew Jackson would go on to become the seventh president of the United States.

Read more about Andrew Jackson and his time in a British prison.

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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