“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity has a right to receive from us.
We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.”
Gabriel Martin is THE Patriot. His ideals reflect those of the young men who were most patriotic about American sovereignty and freedom.
He is part of the generation that was too young to remember the French and Indian War and has grown up in a (relatively) stable and civilized colonial atmosphere.
He turned eighteen and has impatiently waited for Benjamin's consent to join the fighting. He finally enlists against his father's wishes when Colonel Harry Burwell speaks before the South Carolina Assembly asking for their support for the war.