Emily Geiger – July 17, 1781

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

It’s July 17, 1781. I’m in South Carolina on horseback alongside 16-year-old Emily Geiger.

JG: “Emily, why are you in such a hurry?”

EG: “John, General Greene’s Continental Army is in trouble. He needs to get a letter to General Sumpter before the British corner his army and destroy it.”

Emily rode like the wind as she risked her life delivering the Patriot message. She was caught but ate the letter. Luckily, she had memorized the message, and when released, she faithfully delivered the urgent message to General Sumpter, saving his army.

Read more about Emily Geiger and her heroics.

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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