Indian chief predicts Washington's presidency
Comment: Is this fact or fiction?
July 9, 1755.
The American Indian chief looked scornfully at the soldiers on the field
before him. How foolish to fight as they did, forming battle lines out in
the open, standing shoulder to shoulder in their bright red uniforms.
The Indian braves fired from under the safe cover of the forest, yet the
British soldiers never broke rank. The slaughter at the Monongahela River
continued for 2 hours. By then, 1000 British soldiers were killed or
wounded, while only 30 French and Indian warriors were injured.
Not only were the soldiers foolish, but their officers were just as bad.
Riding on horseback, fully exposed above the men on the ground, they made
perfect targets. One by one the chief's marksmen shot the mounted British
officers until only one remained. Twice this officer's horse was shot out
from under him; he just grabbed another horse left idle when a fellow
officer had been shot off it and kept going. Ten, twelve, thirteen rounds
were fired by the sharpshooters, yet he still remained unharmed.
The native officers couldn't believe it. Their rifles seldom missed their
mark. The chief came to a realization that a might power was shielding
this man. He commanded his men to stop firing at him and said: "This man
is under the protection of the Great Spirit...this man was not born to be
killed by a bullet."
Later that evening, this British officer noticed several bullet holes in
his uniform, yet he was unharmed. A few days later he wrote in a letter
to his brother:
"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."
Years later, that same British Officer went back to those same
Pennsylvania woods. That same Chief who had fought against this man heard
he was in the region and came a long way to see him. In a face to face
council, the Chief said:
"Listen! [You] will become the chief of nations, and a people
yet unborn will hail [you] 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."
The battle on the Monongahela, part of the French and Indian war, was
fought on July 9, 1755 near Fort Duquesne, now the city of Pittsburgh.
The twenty-three year old officer went on to become the commander in chief
of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States. In
all the years that followed in his long career, this man, George
Washington was never once wounded in Battle.