“GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH,” these famous words came from a pony tailed patriot named Patrick Henry. PATRICK HENRY SHOCKED! What shocked him as he rode his horse into the small town of Culpeper Virginia? March 1775 on that day Patrick Henry saw a Preacher of the gospel tied to a whipping post. The minister was taking a merciless beating lashes with a whip laced with metal. They whipped him just like JESUS was whipped until the bones protruded threw his flesh. Patrick Henry is quoted as saying, “When they stopped beating him, I could see the bones of his ribcage. I turned to someone and asked what the man had done to deserve such a beating as this.”
Somebody answered and said that the man being scourged was a minister who refused to take a license. He was one of twelve who was locked in jail because they refused to take a license. Three days later they scourged him to death.
That incident sparked Christian attorney Patrick Henry to write the famous words which later became the rallying cry of the Revolution. “What is it that Gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but for me GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!” Latter he made this part of his famous speech at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The reason I hope you print this letter is because I was appalled at the number of people that never heard of Patrick Henry. I asked a group of people if they knew who Patrick Henry was and most of the group never heard of him. Did the public schools quit teaching about Patrick Henry or did they remove him from the history books?
Larry A. Phillips