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Abigail Adams and Her 7-Year-Old Son John Quincy Witnessed First-hand The Battle of Bunker Hill: 100 Bible Verses That Made America

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March 15, 2024 3:04 am

Abigail Adams and Her 7-Year-Old Son John Quincy Witnessed First-hand The Battle of Bunker Hill: 100 Bible Verses That Made America

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March 15, 2024 3:04 am

On this episode of Our American Stories, if you want to know about the history of America, it is imperative that you know the role that the Bible played in shaping our country. Our Founding Fathers—both Christian and non-Christian—were heavily influenced by the Bible. Here to share another story is Robert Morgan, author of 100 Bible Verses That Made America.

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Let's take a listen. When the Puritans migrated to America in the early 1600s, they established the city of Boston. The first Englishman to inhabit Boston was a pastor and a chaplain named William Blackston, who named the city for his hometown, the city of Boston in Lincolnshire in England. Over the next 100 years, Boston grew into a thriving community that increasingly resented British domination. It all culminated, as we know, in the famous Boston Tea Party of 1773. After the Boston Tea Party, the British issued additional punitive measures against Boston and this prompted the colonies to convene the First Continental Congress in 1774. John Adams of Massachusetts traveled to Philadelphia, leaving his wife Abigail and his children in Braintree near Boston, which was quickly becoming a battle zone.

British troops began swarming the area and shots were fired nearby Lexington and Concord. Abigail was the daughter of a minister and she was a force to be reckoned with, but she grew increasingly anxious for her children's safety. On June 15th, she wrote to her husband, we now expect our seacoast to be ravaged.

Perhaps the very next letter I will write to you will inform you that I'm driven away from our quiet cottage. We live in a continual expectation of alarm. Courage, we have an abundance, but gunpowder, where will we get a sufficient supply? Seven-year-old John Quincy Adams felt the strain too. He later wrote, my mother with her infant children dwelt every hour of the day and of the night liable to be butchered in cold blood or taken and carried into Boston as hostages by forging or marooning detachments of British soldiers. On June the 17th, Abigail and her children heard the guns and the cannons that marked the beginning of the battles of Bunker Hill and Breed's Hill.

As the British started up the slopes, a command passed through the American lines, don't shoot until you see the white of their eyes. When the guns began firing, the sound traveled for miles. Hearing the roar of the cannons and the sounds of the battle, Abigail took her seven-year-old son John Quincy and they hiked to the top of nearby Penn Hill where they watched the battle unfold across the bay. The Boston neighborhood of Charlestown went up in flames and the winds blew the heat and smoke into their faces.

Waves of British soldiers fell while charging up the hill. The patriots were driven back and it was the bloodiest battle thus far in the war. The next morning Abigail wrote to John and in the middle of her letter she burst into some of the cherished Bible verses that were sustaining her. She especially recalled a passage from Psalm 62 as she wrote to her husband John in this letter. The day, perhaps the decisive day, has come on which the fate of America depends.

My bursting heart must give vent at my pen. I have just heard that our dear friend Dr. Warren is no more but fell gloriously fighting. The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong but the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power to his people. And then she quoted from Psalm 62 the verse that she was leaning on for strength and support. Trust in him at all times you people.

Pour out your hearts before him for God is a refuge for us. She continued writing to John saying Charlestown is laid in ashes. The battle began upon our entrenchments upon Bunker's Hill Saturday morning about three o'clock has not ceased yet. It is expected they will come out over the neck tonight and a dreadful battle must ensue. Almighty God cover the heads of our countrymen and be a shield to our dear friends.

How many have fallen I do not know. The constant roar of the cannon is so distressing that we cannot eat or drink or sleep. Well John Quincy Adams never forgot the carnage that filled his seven-year-old eyes as he stood transfixed by the cannons, the gunfire, the charging soldiers, the dying troops and burning city and the unfolding history.

He said it later made an impression upon his mind that haunted him for the rest of his life even in old age he can never bring himself to attend celebrations associated with the events of that day. He said I saw with my own eyes the fires of Charlestown and heard Britannia's thunders in the battle and witnessed the tears of my mother and mingled them with my own. Abigail finally turned and left the bloody panorama leading her son back home where she made him promise to repeat the Lord's prayer every morning before rising from bed in order to help heal his thoughts and this was a practice that he kept for the rest of his life.

Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and lead us not in temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever amen. And a terrific job by the production editing and storytelling by our own Greg Hengler and a special thanks to Robert Morgan who's the author of 100 bible verses that made America. The story of Abigail Adams and John Quincy Adams and how the bible helped them through some of the most perilous times in American history here on Our American Stories. Here at Our American Stories we bring you inspiring stories of history, sports, business, faith and love. Stories from a great and beautiful country that need to be told but we can't do it without you. Our stories are free to listen to but they're not free to make. If you love our stories in America like we do please go to OurAmericanStories.com and click the donate button give a little give a lot help us keep the great American Stories coming that's OurAmericanStories.com. Welcome to 500 Greatest Songs, a podcast based on Rolling Stone's hugely popular, influential and sometimes controversial list.

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