| Honoring America and July 4
by Barbara V. Dodge
On July 4th, we celebrated our Independence. Since we have had questions from members who do not live in America, asking us why we have so much patriotism in our Journals, I thought I would address this briefly.
Based on our history, our country is like no other in the world. It was started by people seeking freedom of religion. There have been many comments from people of other countries about our country being 'so religious'. That carries over from our founding. There are two wonderful books on the founding of our country entitled "The Light and the Glory" and "From Sea to Shining Sea" by Peter Marshall and David Manuel.
Because of our background and our fight for independence and liberty, a certain pride in patriotism was instilled in us at the beginning. We have the story of Betsy Ross making, possibly, the first American Flag.
What school child in New England, can ever forget learning a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" or "Barbara Frietchie" by John Greenleaf Whittier, about the War Between the States?
Just a few of the heroines of the American Revolution were:
...Deborah Sampson who disguised herself as a man, served as a soldier in Washington's army, and tended to her own wounds to hide her identity
As I have worked on the military area of our web site, I have been struck over and over about the sacrifice Dodges made in our American Revolution, our War between the states, and other wars since then. Below are a few of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
WAR for INDEPENDENCE
Wilkie Dodge, b. 1748, Marbletown, Ulster Co., New York; Taken Prisoner and died in NY 1778. Age 32.
WAR BETWEEN THE STATES - Union
...Lewis d. Sept. 1862, Luther d. June 1862, and Nelson d. 1864, sons of Nathan Dodge and Fannie Rogers;
WAR BETWEEN THE STATES - Dodges fought on the Southern side in the War between the States. They had families who still lived in the north. It was truly, 'brother against brother'.
...James W. Dodge, descendent of William, son of Edmond Pearson Dodge II and Melivina Swap was a Private in the 9th Battalion, Missouri Sharpshooters. His grandfather had moved to Missouri.Many, many more Dodges whose ancestry is yet to be found fought on both sides of that war. In future Journals, as space permits, we will honor the memory of a Dodge who gave his life for his country.