New Jersey played a prominent role in the Revolutionary War. George Washington had two winter encampments in Morristown. Battles at Monmouth, Princeton, and Trenton were significant points of conflict that ultimately helped the American patriots secure their cause of liberty. Many Revolutionary War soldiers are buried in historic graveyards across our state.
Did you know the last patriot soldier killed in the Revolutionary War was Joshua Huddy of NJ? He was captured in the blockhouse in Toms River and transported to Sandy Hook. The Loyalists hung him and his body was taken to Old Tennent Church in Freehold.
Did you know that Princeton (1783) and Trenton (1784) were temporary capitals of the new United States of America?
More important than these interesting facts is the cause for the Revolutionary War in the first place. God’s existence and His sovereignty over the affairs of men was the reason the Declaration of Independence was written by our founding fathers. The first two sentences of this timeless document reference the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”, as well as the equality of men and their unalienable Rights as endowed by their Creator.
In other words, the religious beliefs of the founders motivated them to fight for freedom, form a new government, and enact new laws. It is this same faith that drives us to fight for a better NJ! A state where God is honored, Religious Freedom flourishes, Families thrive and Life is cherished.
Family Values are inseparable to the stability of this great nation. Our founding fathers warned us of the consequences if we failed to uphold society with Biblical morality. It would devastate our democracy and way of life. According to them, the decline of biblical truth would be quickly followed by the loss of Constitutional Rights.
- Washington’s Farewell Address Sept 17, 1796: “Religion and morality are indispensable support. . . Religion and morality are necessary conditions of the preservation of free government.”
- John Adams 2nd President 1776: [I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.
- John Adams 1798: [W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
- Samuel Adams Founding Father, organized Boston Tea Party, Governor of Massachusetts 1778: “Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.”
- Patrick Henry Governor of Virginia 1799: “Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered, fallen indeed…so long as our manners and principles remain sound, there is no danger.”
Not bad quotes from those Founders who have been called deists and atheists by the radical left.
Enjoy this Independence Week!
Founder and President
Director of Advocacy – New Jersey