George Washington’s part in the July 9th, 1755, battle during the French and Indian War is indisputably one of the most significant events of his early years: his life literally hung in the balance for over two hours. This dramatic event helped shape his character and confirm God’s call on him.
During the battle, the 23-year-old Colonel Washington had ridden to and fro on the battlefield, delivering General’ Braddock’s orders to the troops. Specifically targeted by the Indians because he was an officer, Washington found himself in great peril. In fact of the eighty-six British and American officers, sixty-three were casualties; Washington was the only officer on horseback not shot down.
This book will captivate you with the thrilling details of that battle and of Washington’s gratitude to God for His protection…
This account of God’s miraculous care of Washington and of Washington’s open gratitude for God’s Divine intervention could be found in many student textbooks until 1934; however, today few have ever heard it…
Later, on July 18th, Washington wrote a letter to his brother, John: “…by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet [I] escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!”
Fifteen years later, in 1770, a respected Indian chief sought out Washington. The chief, having led the Indians against Washington and his fellow soldiers fifteen years earlier, gave him this account:
“… I called to my young men and said, mark yon tall and daring warrior? …himself is alone exposed. [referring to Washington] Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies. Our rifles were leveled, rifles which, but for you, knew not how to miss–’twas all in vain, a power mightier far than we shielded you. Seeing you were under the special guardianship of the Great Spirit, we immediately ceased to fire at you…I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.”