Church was founded in 1826 as the first organization for the
Disciples of Christ located in Caroline County; it is described as
“rather small” but with approximately a 100 living members at the
time of survey (Farmer and George 1937, 1). The survey conducted by
Farmer and George (1937) describes the current church members as
being a prominent part of the community providing a list of names.
Yet, that is all that is known about those members. Without existing
church records there is no supplemental information is available
(i.e. marriages, deaths). The records from the churches are a vital
source of social information that can increase the available
knowledge to the public that might be lacking otherwise (Olson 1942).
However, the records from Emmaus Christian Church were destroyed in
1864 during the Civil War (Collins, n.d.).
Father Walter Elliott was a Paulist Father and the author of the “Life of Father Hecker.” Prior to joining the Paulist Fathers, Father Elliott was a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. Father Elliott is known as not only being an intense American, but for also being a leader among those who were in favor of New American Catholicism (McNamara, 2011). Continue reading →
The letter written by Father Deshon in regards to Ulysses S. Grant highlights the character of our 18th President and provides anecdotal information on how he viewed West Point and how he interacted with his fellow cadets. It also gives historical reference to life at the United States Military Academy. Continue reading →