David Bushnell – August 1, 1776

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

It’s August 1, 1776. I’m with David Bushnell in his invention, a submarine called Turtle. It sure is hot in here I can hardly breathe.

JG: “Will the British warship Eagle get us?”

DB: “John, you’re taking precious air … ready … FIRE! I can’t penetrate the Eagles copper sheathing!”

While the Turtle’s attack and other attacks against British warships were unsuccessful. David Bushnell, the father of the submarine, expressed the American spirit of innovation and patriotism.

Read more about David Bushnell and the use of the submarine in the Revolutionary War.

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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