Religion: Muhlenberg's 200th

A Lutheran pastor, in sober black clerical gown, stood up in his pulpit at Woodstock, Va. and preached with godly fervor and patriotic warmth. "There is a time for all things," he ended, "a time to preach and a time to pray. But there is also a time to fight, and that time has now come!"

So saying, he flung open his gown to reveal beneath it the blue-&-buff uniform of the Continental Army. It was January 1776. A drum beat before the door; a bugle call rang through the church; and before the...