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Liberty Man presents – Christmas at Wayside

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December 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-12-19T18:00:00-05:00
2018-12-19T21:00:00-05:00
Where:
WAYSIDE INN
7783 Main St
Middletown, VA 22645
USA

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CHRISTMAS 2018 WITH LIBERTY MAN


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Who is Liberty Man?

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How Liberty Man began.
Larry Johnson researched the history of
his great (x 4) grand father and when he
discovered the rich history of Abel
Johnston he wanted his children and
grand children to know the story. So he
searched for a way to impart his
discoveries. What would capture their
attention long enough to learn of a time
long ago?

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Liberty Man has portrayed Peter Muhlenberg before.

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Who is Peter Muhlenberg?

Many of the Revolutionary War heroes have a connection to the French and Indian War.  Peter Muhlenberg didn’t. He was born October 1, 1746  so he would have been 9 years old at Braddock’s Defeat.  But what did he do and where was he during this time?

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From Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Muhlenberg

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Muhlenberg was born to Pennsylvania German parents Anna Maria and Henry Muhlenberg in Trappe, Pennsylvania. He was sent, together with his brothers, Frederick Augustus and Gotthilf Henry Ernst in 1763 to Halle. They were educated in Latin at the Francke Foundations.[1] He left school in 1767 to start as a sales assistant in Lübeck, but returned that same year to Pennsylvania.

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He served briefly in the British 60th Regiment of Foot,[2] and also served briefly in the German dragoons, earning the nickname “Teufel Piet” (Devil Pete) before returning to Philadelphia in 1767, where he was given a classical education from the Academy of Philadelphia(the modern University of Pennsylvania). He was ordained in 1768 and headed a Lutheran congregation in Bedminster, New Jersey, before moving to Woodstock, Virginia. In 1770 he married Anna Barbara “Hannah” Meyer, the daughter of a successful potter. Together they had six children.

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Muhlenberg visited England in 1772 and was ordained into the priesthood of the Anglican Church, although he served a Lutheran congregation. Since the Anglican Church was the state church of Virginia, he was required to be ordained in an Anglican church in order to serve a congregation in Virginia.

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The Rev. Major General Peter Muhlenberg, the Fighting Parson

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PREVIOUS EVENTS


 

Local Pastors and Citizens to Remember Peter Muhlenberg, the Fighting Parson

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Contact: Larry Johnson email larrywjohnson@embarqmail.com

Tel 540.454.4129

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103 W Court St, Woodstock, VA 22664, USA

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The Rev. Larry Wilson Johnson will lead prayers of thanksgiving and remembrance at the Peter Muhlenberg statues at the courthouse in Woodstock, Virginia, at 11am on this Saturday, January 20, 2018. Johnson, a descendant of several great grandfathers who fought in the Revolutionary War, will be joined by local pastors and citizens. The public is invited.

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This is the 242th anniversary when 300 Shenandoah Valley men assembled at the intersection of the court house to go to war on January 21, 1776. Their leader was the Rev. Col. Peter Muhlenberg a young Lutheran/Anglican pastor who was asked by Patrick Henry and General George Washington to form a regiment and join in the fight for American Freedom. Peter would become known as the “fighting parson.” The story of the sermon he gave that day is recorded in history books worldwide. Muhlenberg and his regiment were at Valley Forge the following year, 1777-78 during a most awful and deadly winter where nearly 3,000 soldiers died of starvation and disease. He was with Washington when British General Cornwallis surrendered at York Town, Virginia in October1781. This ended the war and secured American Independence.

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This is the fourth year Johnson and others have assembled to mark this historic day. The Rev. Larry W. Johnson is a past president of the Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. For information call Johnson at 540.454.4129. Johnson is known for his presentations on Revolutionary War History. www.libertyman.net.

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Historical Background.

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The Rev. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, 242 years ago on January 21, 1776, incited 300 men of his congregations in the Shenandoah Valley to join the American Revolution. He was a minister serving at least seven churches in the Valley at Woodstock, Strasburg, Shenandoah County and what would be Page County. The Rev. Muhlenberg first received a commission as a Colonel in George Washington’s Army and served until the end of the War when British forces at Yorktown under Lord General Cornwallis surrendered. Earlier he was with Washington at Valley Forge.  He is especially remembered for the sermon he delivered on 21 January, 1776, in his Woodstock Church, where he preached from Ecclesiastes the Third Chapter, which starts with “To everything there is a season….” After reading the eighth verse, “a time for war, and a time for peace,” he declared, “and this is the time for war.” With this he whipped off his clerical robe to reveal his Revolutionary War uniform. General Washington, his good friend, had asked him personally to take this commission so Muhlenberg joined him in what would become the most epic war ever fought for freedom. The Rev. Muhlenberg rose to the rank of Major General and is a role model for ministers and all Patriotic Americans today.

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