“In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight.” Thus ended the sermon of Lutheran pastor John Peter Muhlenburg, as he removed his clerical robes to reveal the uniform of the Continental Army. After the church service, 300 men of his congregation rode off with him to join Gen. Washington’s troops. Born this day, Oct. 1, 1746, he died this same day in 1807. John Peter Muhlenburg was promoted to major general, and later became a congressman and senator. A statue of him now stands in the U.S. Capitol.

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