Marking History: Adam Empie

Adam Empie was a man of faith that mattered much to the Port City, and to our military. He was born in Schenectady, NY, in 1785, but moved to Wilmington in 1811 to become rector of the St. James Episcopal Parish on 3rd St. He accepeted a position at the US Military Academy at West Point. The academy was still fairly young at this point and wanted to establish a system of chaplains to serve its cadets, Empie became the first. A chaplain provides spiritual and emotional support to military personnel. Emebedded chaplains within the ranks overseas conduct religious services as needed in the field.

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