Religion: Shock Troops

One day in 1877, big-bearded British Evangelist William Booth was pacing up & down as he dictated to his son Bramwell. "The Christian Mission," said Booth, "is a Volunteer Army." Then suddenly he leaned over his son's shoulder, crossed out the word "Volunteer" and substituted "Salvation." Thus he named the Army that has since planted its red-and-blue flag in almost every country in the world.

William Booth became "General" and his new Salvation Army fell into step behind him as uniformed privates, noncoms and officers—with bands, "councils of war," "orders of the day" and...

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