Liberty, God blessed our country because of men like Washington, and later Abraham Lincoln, who selflessly humbled themselves before the Lord. (see ) God promises to heal our country if we just do the same, yet Satan is working hard to stop people from doing just that. We must seek out and pray for humble leaders and avoid those who believe they are a god and our nation's savior. Sometimes it feels like our future is hopeless. But never lose heart because even though if seems like we are losing this battle, Christ has already won the war. Plus, always remember that with God, anything is possible. In fact, with Him, we are bulletproof.
That’s my 2 cents.
July 9, 2019
Exhausted from the day's events, George just wanted to rest. Moving within the light, he noticed something on his coat. Upon closer examination, he realized a tear in the fabric. Rolling up his sleeve, George could not find any markings on his skin. Removing his coat completely, he discovered three more bullet holes, yet nothing pierced his skin. He scratched his head wondering how this could have happened only to feel bullet fragments in his hair. Shocked, George slumped in his chair aware only one thing could have saved him from such a fate.
Lieutenant Colonel George Washington of the Virginia militia was only 22 years old when he was sent to capture Fort Duquesne at the Point. (see On May 28, 1754, Washington, Mingo chief Tanacharison, and their forty men met roughly thirty French soldiers. Accounts conflict as to who fired first in the Battle of Jumonville Glen, but after a fifteen-minute skirmish, at least ten Frenchmen lay dead, including their commander, Joseph Coulon de Jumonville, while the remaining twenty-one surrendered and were taken prisoner.
A few miles south of Jumonville Glen, Washington immediately began construction on Fort Necessity at Great Meadows and assumed full command as a colonel following the accidental death of his commander, Colonel Joshua Fry. A month after Jumonville, Coulon’s brother, Captain Louis Coulon de Villiers, led over 700 men in an attack on Fort Necessity. With only 400 soldiers, an incomplete fort, and a horribly rainy day, Washington realized his predicament. Therefore, he permitted the French to write up a surrender, which granted Washington and his men freedom to return to Virginia. However, it included a clause that stated Washington and his men assassinated Joseph Coulon since Great Britain and France were not at war. Due to poor translating and a rain-soaked parchment, Washington was not aware of this admission when he signed it on July 3, 1754. Once the French started promoting it, Washington adamantly denied assassinating Coulon, yet the French used it as support for declaring war with Britain.
Located at the head of the Ohio River, the Point was vital to trade with the natives. Therefore, Great Britain needed to remove the French from their territory. (see ) Within months of the surrender of Fort Necessity, they commissioned General Edward Braddock to travel to the Americas and lead the charge against the French. Resigning his commission the previous October as new policies limited Virginians to a rank of captain, Washington became Braddock’s aide-de-camp, or assistant, as a volunteer at Braddock’s request.
As the Red Coats prepared and traveled to attack Fort Duquesne, Washington tried to warn Braddock of the Native American’s fighting style. They did not fight in lines as the Europeans did. Instead, they hid in and among the trees, using the terrain as their defense, a technique he witnessed and learned at Fort Necessity. In addition, they taught the French these tactics as well. However, arrogance and considering it beneath him to listen to anyone inferior in rank to him, Braddock refused to heed Washington’s warnings.
To make matters worse, while on the road, Washington came down with a horrible fever. It got so bad he was forced to make camp for two days and wait for the second wave to come pick him up while Braddock moved forward. Despite barely being able to travel, Washington continued on and was mostly over his fever when he met up with Braddock as they neared Fort Duquesne. However, he was still quite weak and not at his full abilities.
Traveling up the Monongahela River, the British were only ten miles away from their destination when the French and Indians ambushed them on July 9, 1755. As Washington predicted, the enemy surrounded them in trees, behind rocks, amongst the tall grass, and within the wilderness. Braddock lined his men up only to have them shot down with easy like practice targets while Virginians took cover like the Natives. After several intense hours of fighting, half of Braddock’s army, along with most of his officers, were killed or wounded, while many others fled for their lives. Realizing his only option was retreat, a bullet found Braddock’s right arm and lung moments after he gave the command to do so.
Colonel Thomas Gage quickly removed Braddock from the battlefield as bullets flew everywhere. Despite still feeling the effects from his fever, Washington rode back and forth atop his horse to rally the troops and relay Braddock's orders, who was still conscious and in command. During the Battle of Monongahela, two horses were shot from underneath Washington as British soldiers and colonists fell around him. Despite not having an official command position, Washington managed to gather enough troops to perform an organized retreat and prevent the total destruction of the British forces. It wasn't until later that he found the bullet holes in his coat and realized how close to death he had truly come. Yet he and many others agree there was only one explanation to his survival: Divine Providence. (see )
According to Dr. James Craik, Washington’s friend and a soldier in the battle, "I expected every moment to see him fall. His duty and situation exposed him to every danger. Nothing but the superintending care of Providence could have saved him.” In a letter to his brother, John, a week after the battle, Washington wrote: “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!"
During his expedition of the Ohio Valley in 1770, Washington was informed an Indian Chief wanted to meet him. Upon learning Washington was in the area, the revered chief made the long journey to personally meet the former colonel. Using an interpreter, he explained his reasons for his quest:
"I am a 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 forest 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 is 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--'twas all in vain, a power mightier far than we, shielded you. Seeing you were under the special guardship 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, but ere I go, there 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 am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle."
In another miraculous event, a gold seal was found in the field where the Battle of Monongahela occurred. The seal, bearing Washington’s initials, had been shot off his jacket by a bullet and discover eighty years later.
Despite the British losing the battle, Washington’s efforts to hold the troops together and take charge helped heal his reputation which had been severely damaged at the Battle of Great Meadows. With God’s blessing, he led the Americans to defeat the British in the American Revolution and become the first president of the new country. (see ) Other important figures in the revolution that fought at Monongahela were Daniel Boone, who was a wagoner, and his cousin Daniel Morgan, who had his own Providential hand at the Battle of the Cowpens. (see and ) Wounded during the fighting at Monongahela, Major Andrew Lewis would command the Virginia militia at the Battle of Point Pleasant, which later became accepted as the first conflict in the American Revolution. (see )
With Washington’s surrender of Fort Necessity, which would be his only surrender ever, it looked as if his career was over before it had even begun. Yet regardless of our abilities, or lack thereof, God has plans for us that we sometimes never see. His first major military conflict, Washington later commented on the Battle of Great Meadows, also known as the Battle of Fort Necessity, writing:
"I fortunately escaped without any wound, for the right wing, where I stood, was exposed to and received all the enemy's fire, and it was the part where the man was killed, and the rest wounded."
Liberty, progressives have erased such stories as these from our history books. They need to remove any connections to God in our past so they can replace Him with government in our future. In addition, if you know and understand these events then it is harder to believe the accusations that our Founding Father’s were not really Christians. But we know of Washington praying on bended knee to God during the Revolution on two separate occasions. (see ) But more importantly, we have a Sunday Evening Prayer, just one of countless prayers Washington personally wrote in his journal:
O most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ my merciful and loving father, I acknowledge and confess my guilt, in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day. I have called on thee for pardon and forgiveness of sins, but so coldly and carelessly, that my prayers are become my sin and stand in need of pardon. I have heard thy holy word, but with such deadness of spirit that I have been an unprofitable and forgetful hearer, so that, O Lord, tho' I have done thy work, yet it hath been so negligently that I may rather expect a curse than a blessing from thee. But, O God, who art rich in mercy and plenteous in redemption, mark not, I beseech thee, what I have done amiss; remember that I am but dust, and remit my transgressions, negligences & ignorances, and cover them all with the absolute obedience of thy dear Son, that those sacrifices which I have offered may be accepted by thee, in and for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered upon the cross for me; for his sake, ease me of the burden of my sins, and give me grace that by the call of the Gospel I may rise from the slumber of sin into the newness of life. Let me live according to those holy rules which thou hast this day prescribed in thy holy word; make me to know what is acceptable in thy holy word; make me to know what is acceptable in thy sight, and therein to delight, open the eyes of my understanding, and help me thoroughly to examine myself concerning my knowledge, faith and repentance, increase my faith, and direct me to the true object Jesus Christ the way, the truth and the life, bless O Lord, all the people of this land, from the highest to the lowest, particularly those whom thou has appointed to rule over us in church & state. Continue thy goodness to me this night. These weak petitions I humbly implore thee to hear accept and for the sake of thy Dear Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.