Reverend Johann Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg throwing off his robes, by Stanley Massey Arthurs, circa 1920.
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Oil on canvas of the famed Woodstock scene in which General Muhlenberg laid aside his clerical gown. Mulenberg preaching from a pulpit in fill military garb under his robe.

Credit: Courtesy of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Photography by Sara Mummert

During the American Revolution most Pennsylvania Germans supported the war for Independence. The image of Pennsylvania German minister Johann Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg throwing off his clerical robes to reveal the American uniform beneath became an inspiration symbol of American patriotism. Pennsylvania artist Stanley Massey Arthurs (1877-1950) painted this version of the famous scene in the early 1900s.

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