America’s Black Robe Regiment (ABRR) was founded by Rev. William Cook in September 2012, as an association of clergy who aspire to the legacy of the patriotic clergy who garrisoned the Pulpit of the American Revolution. Aptly characterized by author and historian John Wingate Thornton, “they were Timothies in their houses, Chrysostoms in their pulpits, and Augustines in their disputations.”
The name “Black Regiment” a British epithet against the American clergy who wore the black Geneva gown when they preached. The term was sardonic acknowledgement of the preaching and leadership of the clergy in the “Rebellion.” Were it not for these bold and courageous ministers, we would not be enjoying religious freedom in America today.
The “Black Robed Regiment” had preached the political ideology in the Founding Charters before Thomas Jefferson put quill to parchment in the Great Declaration or first blood had been drawn at Lexington April 19, 1775. They preached on battlefields, served as chaplains, accompanied the men of their flocks into battle, prayed for and comforted the wounded, and some like Rev. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, traded the crozier for the sword.