Washington and Lafayette at Valley Forge (pd)
A young “Red Coat”, age 23, rides fiercely in the midst of severe battle delivering the messages of his dying general as his unit is whipped by bullets from every side.
In acts of desperation he encourages his men to retreat and survive, saving the lives of many by his courage. He is the only officer still mounted on horseback out maneuvering the hail of bullets. Still, four bullets rip into his jacket and two horses are shot out from under him.
Miraculously, he is not wounded. 63 of 86 officers are killed or wounded in the French and Indian ambush along the Monongahela River. The date is July 9, 1775. George Washington served as aide-de-camp to British General Edward Braddock then gasping for life. The ambush occurred just seven miles short of their objective, Fort Duquesne.
“Protected by the angels,” Washington lived to serve the Colonies in the Continental Congress, then as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, first President of the United States, and proclaimed “Father of His Country.” His mottoes are:
“Deeds, not Words” and “For God and my Country.”
In his closing address to Congress he gives us these words:
“I now make it my earnest prayer that God would...most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of the mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion.” *
* George Washington, The Last Official Address of His Excellency George Washington to the Legislature of the United States (Hartford: Hudson & Goodwin, 1783), p. 12; see also The New Annual Register or General Repository of History, Politics, and Literature, for the year 1783 (London: G. Robinson, 1784) p. 150.(WallBuilders.com)
For more info:
Barton, David, The Founding Fathers on Jesus, Christianity and the Bible. Wall Builders, 05-2006. <http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=8755#FN125>
Spivey, Larkin, Miracles of the American Revolution. Fairfax: Allegiance Press, 2004. <http://www.amazon.com/Miracles-American-Revolution-Intervention-Republic/dp/1594672032/ref=sr_1_1>
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