Monday, May 11, 2009

Divine Assistance During the Revolution

Many of us are aware of numerous instances of Divine Intervention during the Revolutionary War and through the writing of the Constitution. From the fog rolling in just long enough to cover the crossing of the Delaware to the colonists winning battles when so severely outnumbered and outgunned. I would like to share another incident with which many of you may not be familiar.

The following is written and documented in Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer. Paul Revere needed to cross a river undetected to begin his famous ride.

The moon was coming up behind Boston, a huge orb of light in the clear night sky. To Paul Revere it must have seemed impossible to pass the ship without detection. Then, miraculously, it was the moon that saved him. The moon was nearly full, a large pale yellow globe that was just beginning to rise in the southern sky.
Normally, Paul Revere's boat would have been caught in the bright reflection of the moonbeam on the water as he passed close by HMS Somerset. But there was something odd about the moon that night. Often it rose farther to the east, but that night it had a southern declination. A lunar anomaly caused it to remain well to the south on the evening of April 18, 1775, and to hang low on the horizon, partly hidden behind the buildings of Boston. The sky was very bright, and Paul Revere's boat was miraculously shrouded in a dark moonshadow that was all the more obscure because of the light that surrounded it. He passed safely "a little to the eastward" of the great ship's massive bowsprit that pointed downstream toward the incoming tide.

1 comment:

  1. This reminds me of the promise give in the book of Mormon that when a people who believe in God and woship him inhabit these lands we will be blessed and protected. This was clearly the case in the Revolutionary War.

    With our nations current state of Affairs in our nation I worry that us collectivly turning our back on God and his outstretched hand will cause us to lose our protection and blessing from on high.