December 14, 2008

Local Minister-Hero, 1776

At Court Square in Woodstock, Virginia, a new statue of John Peter Muhlenberg has been erected only a few yards away from a bust of him. Muhlenberg was a Lutheran Minister who became a local legend when he left the ministry to serve in George Washington's army in 1776 and recruited other men in the Woodstock area.
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Bust of Peter MuhlenbergNew Statue of Muhlenberg

On the base of the bust are various inscriptions:

Clergyman - Soldier - Statesman

John Peter Muhlenberg

October 1, 1746 - October 1, 1807

Major General

A time to pray
A time to fight
January 23, 1776

The legend tells us that Muhlenberg preached his farewell sermon, saying there is "A time to pray, A time to fight," and threw off his clerical robe to reveal a military uniform underneath. Recent research shows that the dramatic moment may have been exaggerated in stories, but there's no doubt that Muhlenberg became a significant officer in the American Revolution and afterwards served his country in various positions.

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