Monday, January 25, 2021

The Only Roman Catholic Chaplain in the American Revolution


The efforts of the Continental Congress to gain support for the American Revolution in Canada led to the organization of two pro-American Canadian regiments, the 1st and 2nd Canadian Regiments.  There were many French Canadians only too willing to help oust the British from North America.

On January 26, 1776, Father Louis Eustace Lotbiniere, although more than sixty years old, was appointed chaplain of the First Canadian Regiment and became the first Roman Catholic chaplain in the United States Army.  Father Lotbiniere was a native French speaker and ministered to the French-Canadian troops rallying to the American cause.

With the failure of the invasion of Canada, the First Canadian Regiment was transferred to the vicinity of Philadelphia.  Fathter Lotbiniere died in poverty in October 1786.  In support of American liberty he had given up his parish, his family associations, incurred the censure of his Bishop and spent his last years in exile among a strange people whose language he could scarcely speak.

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Monday, January 04, 2021

The Southern Cross of Honor


The Southern Cross of Honor (seen in front of this grave) was created by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), and is used as a symbol on the graves of Confederate veterans in recognition of, “loyal, honorable service.”  The Southern Cross takes two different forms.  One is an engraved outline on the gravestone.  The other is a two-sided, cast iron replica of the medal placed at the grave site.  Founded in 1894, the UDC was influential throughout the South in preserving and upholding the memory of Confederate veterans, especially those husbands, sons, fathers and brothers who died in the war.

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