These stories may or may not be true. How do you know? Many people think
Washington cut down a cherry tree when he was a lad, too, but this story has been
traced to a "moral tale" by a Protestant preacher, iirc, in the 19th century.
Stacy Smith wrote:
> I want to see more of this kind of stuff. Where can I find more?
> At 06:15 AM 11/11/2002 +0000, you wrote:
> >During the French and Indian War, the 23-year-old Washington was
> >fighting with the British against the French who were allied with
> >the Indians. On July 9, 1755, in the Battle of the Monongahela, the
> >British regiments were ambushed by the French and Indians. Of the
> >86 British and Virginia officers, only Washington was not shot off
> >his horse.
> >After retreating to Maryland, Washington wrote his mother. "After
> >the battle was over I took off my jacket and I had four bullet
> >holes through my jacket, but not a single bullet had touched me.
> >I had several horses shot out from under me, but I was not hurt in
> >any way. God's hand was on me. God protected me and kept me through
> >the battle."
> >In 1770, Washington traveled back to the region and an old Indian
> >chief, having heard Washington was back, traveled to meet him. The
> >chief told Washington, "You don't know me, but 15 years ago you and
> >I were in these same woods. I commanded the Indians you were
> >fighting that day. We saw you riding through the woods and knew you
> >were a leader. If we could kill you we knew your troops would
> >scatter, so I instructed my braves to fire at you. I personally
> >fired at you 17 times. When I saw that none of our bullets had any
> >effect on you, I told my braves to stop shooting. I have traveled
> >all this way to meet the man God would not let die in battle." This
> >spiritual account, and many others like it, used to be in our
> >history textbooks.
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland
“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick
himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill
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