All members of all military units MUST ATTEND Divine Services

This Day in History: September 20th, 1776

Congress passed the ‘Articles of War’ which was highly moralistic in tone, and while they didn’t establish an organized chaplaincy, they did recommend diligence in services and established their authority over the chaplains in locations other than the Army at Cambridge.  The articles also provided for fines or confinement for soldiers not attending services and for AWOL chaplains to be court martialed and fined a maximum of one month’s pay.  Washington was now of the opinion that one chaplain should not be expected to serve more than one regiment to prevent the possibility that some of the men would have a chaplain of a faith other than their own. Apparently most of the units were fairly homogeneous as far as religion is concerned.  Especially notice this portion of the article:  “The articles also provided for fines or confinement for soldiers not attending services and for AWOL chaplains to be court martialed and fined a maximum of one month’s pay.” 

This means that all members of all military units MUST ATTEND Divine Services at every reenacting event in order to be period correct.