Chapter 6 Traugott Bagge as a Historian of the American Revolution

In: Moravian Americans and their Neighbors, 1772-1822
John A. Ruddiman
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Political upheaval and war swept over North Carolina during the American Revolution. The pacifist Moravians confronted the burdens of oaths of allegiance, war taxes and mobilization of resources, and the heavy footfalls of strange soldiers. Traugott Bagge, the merchant in Salem, served sequentially as the community’s emissary to the new patriot government, as a member of the North Carolina Assembly, and ultimately as an early historian with his 1783 “Record of Events during the Revolutionary War which had a Reference to Wachovia.”

The Brethren’s experience and understanding of the Revolutionary War offers insight on the broader challenges of nation making in the midst of civil war.

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