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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Sword of the Lord and Gideon

 Continuing our trip that I began telling you about in my last post...
 We visited the home of Samuel Witherspoon Doak who as the marker states built...
This beautiful old home, where his father Reverend Samuel Doak also lived for a time. The elder Samuel Doak was the author of the fiery sermon and prayer delivered at Sycamore Shoals where our southern Revolutionary forces met just prior to marching to King's Mountain, and the SWORD OF THE LORD AND GIDEON indeed prevailed and signaled the near end of our servitude to the English crown. The sermon is quite short, just one paragraph and then the prayer. See below.
The split rail fence is every bit as gorgeous as the setting...
And I loved the animal gate...
The front room and entrance...
Dining area...
Famous sermon and prayer by Reverend Samuel Doak:
My countrymen, you are about to set out on an expedition which is full of hardships and dangers, but one in which the Almighty will attend you. The Mother Country has her hand upon you, these American colonies, and takes that for which our fathers planted their homes in the wilderness - OUR LIBERTY. Taxation without representation and the quartering of soldiers in the homes of our people without their consent are evidence that the crown of England would take from its American Subjects the last vestige of Freedom. Your brethren across the mountains are crying like Macedonia unto your help. God forbid that you should refuse to hear and answer their call - but the call of your brethren is not all. The enemy is marching hither to destroy your homes. Brave men, you are not unacquainted with battle. Your hands have already been taught to war and your fingers to fight. You have wrested these beautiful valleys of the Holston and Watauga from the savage hand. Will you tarry now until the other enemy carries fire and sword to your very doors? No, it shall not be. Go forth then in the strength of your manhood to the aid of your brethren, the defense of your liberty and the protection of your homes. And may the God of Justice be with you and give you victory.
Let us pray. Almighty and gracious God! Thou hast been the refuge and strength of Thy people in all ages. In time of sorest need we have learned to come to Thee - our Rock and our Fortress. Thou knowest the dangers and snares that surround us on march and in battle. Thou knowest the dangers that constantly threaten the humble, but well beloved homes, which Thy servants have left behind them. Oh, in Thine infinite mercy, save us from the cruel hand of the savage, and of tyrant. Save the unprotected homes while fathers and husbands and sons are far away fighting for freedom and helping the oppressed. Thou, who promised to protect the sparrow in its flight, keep ceaseless watch, by day and by night, over our loved ones. The helpless women and little children, we commit to Thy care. Thou wilt not leave them or forsake them in times of loneliness and anxiety and terror. Oh, God of Battle, arise in Thy might. Avenge the slaughter of Thy people. Confound those who plot for our destruction. Crown this mighty effort with victory, and smite those who exalt themselves against liberty and justice and truth. Help us as good soldiers to wield the SWORD OF THE LORD AND GIDEON. AMEN.
What a sermon!
Until next time.... it's good to know where you're headed and see the path clearly.


  1. That's some house, ain't it? I bet it was a real treat to tour. You sure did have a nice day trip to Chuckey, Mum.

    That prayer always gets me. How the ancestors must've felt to hear it!

  2. What an interesting trip ! I have been sticking close to home due to high gasoline prices. Enjoyed your
    photo trip !

  3. Your road trip was pretty neat. The house is most interesting. I hope you are enjoying your lovely Spring weather down there in the Great Smoky Mts. Hugs Judy

  4. Those flowers are gorgeous. The color is fantastic! Thanks for the tour. I love old houses :)

  5. Great post! I love the words of Reverend Doak. It would be nice to hear heartfelt words of inspiration from our countrymen now. :-)

    I laughed at the doggies in the truck. They're huge!

    I hope you're enjoying your spring. It's been lovely here in West Virginia. It's raining today and rather cool. Rain is as much a blessing as the sun.

    Your West Virginia friend,

  6. whew! :)

    i love that split rail! thanks for linking in!

  7. I was worried the guard rail on the highway was going to be your nod toward Good Fences. Like the split rail much better. Thanks for reminding us of what Reverend Samuel Doak said.

  8. Very interesting post. I enjoyed reading each and every word. I think split rails are my favorite kind of fence. The

  9. What an interesting post! I saw many split rail fences out east on Civil War battlefields. That last shot is great. :-)

  10. Wow! I love the split rain fence and gate. Very rustic.Loved the dogs in the van.

  11. I love this type of split-rail fence! The Doak House looks/sounds like an interesting place to visit.

    Visiting from Good Fences,

    My fences

  12. What a awesome fence. WOW I'm guessing a lot of history here. Great find!

  13. Beautiful split rail fence!

  14. Civil war fence style is done like that and some are left from that era in NJ, and PA.

  15. The split rail fence reminds me of what I've seen on Civil War battlefield pictures. Love it!


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