This Week In History

August 15, 1862

Rev. Robert Lewis DabneyOn August 15, 1862, the Rev. Robert Lewis Dabney resigned as adjutant, or chief of staff, from Stonewall Jackson's brigade. Initially opposed to secession, Presbyterian Reverend Dabney (pictured) sided with his state in the conflict. In May 1861, he began four months of service as chaplain to the 18th Virginia Infantry Regiment before returning to his professorial duties at the Union Theological Seminary (Hampton-Sydney, VA). Presbyterian Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson often heard Dabney preach and asked him to serve as his adjutant which he was appointed to on April 22, 1862. Illness forced him to resign on August 15, 1862. When Jackson's widow later asked Dabney to write a biography of the general, which he published as Life and Campaigns of Lieut.-Gen. Thomas J. Jackson (Stonewall Jackson).

August 16, 1874

On August 16, 1874, Rev. Charles Grandison Finney died. He conducted national and international revivals, being called to the Free Presbyterian Chatham Street Chapel in New York City in 1832. Sometimes referred to as the father of modern revivalism, Rev. Finney would later become a Congregational minister and then move to Ohio to serve as president of Oberlin College from 1852 to 1866.

August 17, 1643

On August 17, 1643, the Scottish General Assembly approved The Solemn League and Covenant, which gave Scottish Presbyterians the same legal rights as the Anglicans in England.

August 18, 1838

On Aug 18, 1838, the first Presbyterian Church in North America west of the Rocky Mountains was organized at the house of Dr. Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, at the Waiilatpu Mission station, six miles west of the present city of Walla Walla, Wash. On November 29, 1847, the Whitmans and others are the station are killed as they local indians blamed them for a smallpox outbreak that took many lives.