Major Clement GosselinDid Clement Gosselin deserve to be excommunicated?
Clement Gosselin was sitting in the 4th pew of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière Church in Canada when his pastor addressed him from the pulpit:
"Our Bishop is warning you, and other rebels like you, that you must cease your seditious and mutinous behavior at once! If you join the American effort to try to expel our British conquerors from this land, you will be excommunicated! If you are mortally wounded in combat, you will be denied the last rites of the Church. No priest will hear your confession. And you will not be buried in sacred ground! Your very soul is imperiled! And so are the souls of the innocent men whom you are attempting to recruit! Give that serious thought, Clement Gosselin!"
Despite his pastor's warning, Clement continued to recruit other French Canadians to support the American assault on Quebec, Dec. 31, 1775. He went on to serve as a spy in Canada for General George Washington. And at Yorktown, Virginia, he was wounded while commanding an artillery unit less than 300 yards from the British in the final battle of the American Revolution. He was given 1,000 acres of land on the west bank of Lake Champlain in upstate New York by a grateful Congress. But his heart was always in the land of his birth - the Isle of Orleans in Quebec.
George Washington's French Canadian SPY
is a historical novel based on Clement Gosselin's 15-year odyssey as an excommunicated 'rebel'.

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