The account of George Washington in the Battle of the Monogahela was included in student textbooks in America until 1934. During the French & Indian War, George Washington fought alongside British General Edward Braddock. On July 9, 1755, the British were on the way to Fort Duquesne, when the French surprised them in an ambush attack.
The British, who were not accustomed to fighting unless in an open field, were being annihilated. Washington rode back and forth across the battle delivering General Braddock’s orders. As the battle raged, every other officer on horseback, except Washington, was shot down. Even General Braddock was killed, at which point the troops fled in confusion. After the battle, on July 18, 1755, Washington wrote to his brother, John A Washington, “But 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 escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me.”
Fifteen years later, Washington and Dr. Craik, a close friend of his from his youth, were traveling through those same woods near the Ohio River and Great Kanawha River. They were met by an old Indian Chief, who addressed Washington through an interpreter:
“I am Chief and ruler over my tribes. My influence extends to the waters of the great lakes and to the far blue mountains.I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle. It was on the day when the white man’s blood mixed with the streams of our forests that I first beheld this chief [Washington]. I called to my young men and said, mark yon tall and daring warrior? He is not of the red-coat tribe – he hath an Indian’s wisdom, and his warriors fight as we do – himself alone exposed. Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies. Our rifles were leveled, rifles which, but for you, knew not how to miss –t’was 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 old and soon shall be gathered to the great council fire of my fathers in the land of shades, bet ere I go, here is something bids me speak in the voice of prophecy: Listen! The Great Spirit protects that man [pointing at Washington] and guides his destinies – he will become the chief of nations and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire. I have come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.”
The famous Indian warrior, who was in that battle, said, “Washington was never born to be killed by a bullet! I had seventeen fair fires at him with my rifle, and after all could not bring him to the ground!”
This historical account was taken from pgs. 636-637 of William J. Federer’s book America’s God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations. In my opinion, this resource should be mandatory reading for every American and Christian.
“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” – Psalm 11:3
In addition, I highly recommend The Bullet Proof George Washington by David Barton. It is a more detailed account of George Washington and the Battle of the Monogahela.
a.k.a. the soldier’s Psalm.
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day.
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look; and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the LORD; who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands, they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample under foot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”