A Bible dating for the battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolution highlights the faith of a soldier who fought at that time. The Bible belonged to Francis Merrifield who was born in Massachusetts in 1735. Merrifield fought in the French and Indian War and served as a sergeant under Captain Nathaniel Wade at Bunker Hill. Merrifield survived heavy fighting which claimed the lives of more than 100 American troops. He was one of the last men to leave the field and later wrote in the cover of his Bible thanking God for his survival. Merrifield thanked the Lord for spring his life and delivering him in the battle. The vice president of collections at the museum that will display the Bible, R. Scott Stephenson said, “This Bible is one of only two known to exist from the Battle of Bunker Hill and is an authentic witness to one of the most iconic moments of the Revolutionary War. It provides an incredible opportunity to showcase the role that religious faith played in sustaining those who were involved in the American Revolution.” —Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Soldier’s faith: rare Bible carried at the battle of Bunker Hill has moving inscriptions, By James Rogers, http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/06/02/soldiers-faith-rare-bible-carried-at-battle-bunker-hill-has-moving-inscriptions.html, Accessed June 2, 2016.
Psalm 54:4 (HCSB) “God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life.”