Grace and Rachel Martin – July 9, 1780

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

It’s July 9, 1780. I’m with Grace and Rachel Martin in South Carolina. We’re by the road, waiting to ambush a British courier.

JG: “Grace and Rachel, why are you wearing men’s clothes?”

G&RM: “Mr. Gillespie, our husbands are off fighting with General Greene. We can’t just sit around while they fight for our freedom. John, we’re going to ambush the Redcoat courier and take his documents to General Greene. Here he comes … surrender, you British bum!”

COURIER: “Yes, sir!”

The Martin ladies successfully took the British courier papers to General Greene, giving valuable military secrets to the American army.

Read more about the exploits of Grace and Rachel Martin.

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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