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Despite the revionist history that is all the rage today, God's hand in the founding of America cannot be denied. In Forgotten Foot-Soldiers on the Frontier of Independence, the lost story of the early settlers of Virginia's "Great Valley" is brought to life. Read the often miraculous stories of survival on America's first "wild frontier" as hardy pioneers face the perils of the wilderness, carving out a land for themselves and future generations, and bringing us to...
...the Frontier of Independence.
Discover God's hand in history as the wild frontier west of the Blue Ridge Mountains is settled and tamed. This book covers the time period between the early 1700s--as intrepid explorers crossed the Great Mountains--through the beginning of the Revolutionary War as Major Andrew Lewis led the colonists to a resounding victory at Point Pleasant.
"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past."
Exclusive! The Christian Philosophy of Patrick Henry (Parts One and Two)
This historical survey of the influence of Christianity upon the political career of Patrick Henry was presented to and approved by the Faculty of the Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville, Texas, July, 1960, as a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts.
Click HERE to read part one of this insightful work.
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The Issue of Slavery Appeal to the Christian Women of the South by Angelina Emily Grimké
Angelina Emily Grimké, abolitionist and women’s rights activist, authored this “Appeal to the Christian Women of the South.” She was a native Southerner, born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1805, the daughter of a man who owned several hundred slaves. Converted to the Quaker faith, Grimké wrote this in 1836. She died in 1879.
Augusta Colonial Founders #3 Gen. Andrew Lewis by Bill Dolack
Although he was but eleven years old when he came with his father in 1732 to the uninhabited area now comprising Staunton, Andrew Lewis can rightfully be called an Augusta Colonial Founder. Perhaps no other settler had the impact—especially in the field of combat—that he had on Augusta County.
Born October 20, 1720, and named after his grandfather, Andrew Lewis was the third son of Staunton founder John Lewis and his wife, Margaret Lynn. Part of his childhood was spent growing up without his father being present, as the elder Lewis fled their native Ireland after killing his landlord and a steward by crushing their heads with a shillelagh. He was later cleared of the charge. The family reunited in 1732 in Philadelphia, moved to Lancaster, then up the Shenandoah Valley where they settled on a creek that would soon bear Lewis’s name, near which he would build a home that he called Bellefonte.
Augusta Colonial Founders #1 James Patton by Greg Humphries
Without question, the most audacious and dominating Augusta County founder was James Patton,
little remembered and greatly misunderstood. Between 1740 and 1755 he was the undisputed “boss”
of the county (then stretching from the Blue Ridge to the Great Lakes and from Frederick County to
Augusta Colonial Founders #2 John Lewis by Bill Dolack
Imagine a world where the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, and the Chicago Cubs and White Sox were all your “hometown” team. Such would be the case today if Augusta County—which at one time covered all the territory where these major cities now exist—was not chopped up in the latter part of the 18th century to create new counties and states in our ever-growing country.
The first white settler in this area was John Lewis, an Irish stonemason described as tall and muscular, who fled Northern Ireland and came to America after killing an “oppressive landlord.” He settled about a mile northeast of “the twin mountains” of Betsy Bell and Mary Gray (named after two similar hills in County Tyrone, Ireland) in the summer of 1732, and built a home there that he called Bellefonte.
John Craig: Pioneer Preacher Opposes "Scandal to Our Nation"
Recorded in the autobiography of one of Augusta County’s first founders we find these words:
“What made the times (circa 1755) distressing and unhappy to all the frontiers, was the French and Indian War, which lay heavy on us, in which I suffered a part as well as others. When General Braddock was defeated and killed, our country (Augusta) was laid open to the enemy, our people were in dreadful confusion and discouraged to the highest degree. Some of the richer sort that could take some money with them to live upon, were for flying to a safer place on the country. My advice was then called for, which I gave, opposing that scheme as a scandal to our nation, falling below our brave ancestors, making ourselves a reproach among Virginians, a dishonor to our friends at home (Ulster), an evidence of cowardice, want of faith, and a noble Christian dependence on God, as able to save and deliver from the heathen (Indians); It would be a lasting blot to our posterity.
“They required me to go before them in the work which I did cheerfully, though it cost me one-third of my estate. The people very rapidly followed, and my congregation in less than two months was well fortified.”
Thus spoke the Rev. John Craig, a stalwart Scots-Irish parson.