Divine Providence – Bulletproof George Washington

Divine Providence – Bulletproof George Washington

May 31, 2014 / By : / Category : All, Stories Behind the Art

Bulletproof George Washington - Patriotic Art

Battle of the Monongahela – July 9, 1755

Letter to his brother – July 18, 1755

“Dear Jack: As I have heard since my arriv’l at this place, a circumstantial acct. of my death and dying speech, I take this early opportunity of contradicting both, and of assuring you that I now exist and appear in the land of the living by the miraculous care of Providence, that protected me beyond all human expectation; I had 4 Bullets through my Coat, and two Horses shot under me, and yet escaped unhurt.”

Years later, the Indian chief sought Washington out in order to tell him what had happened in the battle. The Chief said, “I am a chief and ruler over my tribes.  I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle. [On that day] I called to my men and said, ‘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. I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.”

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