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Last Updated: Aug 05, 2015     Views: 21

The Colonial Clergy and the Colonial Churches of New England (Ref. BR520.W4) provides basic biographical information about Benjamin Balch, starting on p.25

An essay by George H. Williams that appears in Military Chaplains: From a Religious Military to a Military Religion, describes the role of chaplains in the Revolutionary War as both preachers and soldiers, describes Benjamin Balch, and supports the claim that he is the "first known chaplain in the Continental Navy" (p.21). 

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