Daniel McCurtin – June 17,1776

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

It’s June 17, 1776. I’m with Patriot Daniel McCurtain, who lives near the New York Harbor.

JG: “Daniel, what do you see?”

DM: “Look Mr. Gillespie, it looks like 1,000 floating pine trees. I can’t believe my eyes! The whole bay is full of ships! I do believe that all of London is afloat! What will we do?”

British General Howell brought 34,000 troops and 10,000 sailors to conquer New York. 1,400 Americans were killed or wounded in the Battle of Long Island.

Read more about the Battle of Long Island.

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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