America’s Black Robe Regiment (ABRR) was founded by Rev. William Cook in September 2012, as an association of clergy who seek to carry on the courageous legacy of the patriotic pastors who had preached the political ideology in the Founding Charters for at least 25 years before hostilities with the Mother Country commenced at Lexington on April 19, 1775. Aptly characterized by author and historian John Wingate Thornton, “they were Timothies in their houses, Chrysostomes in their pulpits, and Augustines in their disputations.”
The name “Black Regiment” was a British epithet applied to 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 War for Independence, which the British called, “The Rebellion.” Were it not for these bold and courageous ministers, we would not be enjoying religious freedom in America today.
The principles in our nation’s Founding Charters had already been preached for decades by the time that Thomas Jefferson put quill to parchment in the Great Declaration. These patriot pastors 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, event traded the crozier for the sword.