An American History Moment: The ‘Bulletproof’ George Washington

George Washington In The French And Indian War

The French and the Indians launch their attack.

The French and the Indians launch their attack on the British and American troops. Braddock falls shot and Washington assists him.

Quick, let your aim be certain and he dies,” the chief commanded.  The warriors leveled their rifles at the last officer on horseback.  Round after round was aimed at this one man.  Twice the officer’s horse was shot out from under him.  Twice he grabbed a horse left idle when a fellow officer had been shot down.  Ten, twelve, thirteen rounds were fired by the sharpshooters. Still the officer remained unhurt.

Washington, in the uniform of the Virginia regiment.

As an officer of the Virginia Regiment.

The native warriors stared at him in disbelief.  Their rifles seldom missed their mark.  The chief suddenly realized that a mighty power must be shielding this man.  “Stop firing!” he commanded.  “This one is under the special protection of the Great Spirit.”  A brave standing nearby added, “I had seventeen clear shots at him…and after all could not bring him to the ground.  This man was not born to be killed by a bullet.”

Washington later wrote of the battle and matter-of-factly said about himself: “…by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence I have been protected beyond all human probability of expectations, 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!”

This battle, 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.


Fifteen years later, in 1770, George Washington returned to the same Pennsylvania woods.  A respected Indian chief, having heard that Washington was in the area, traveled a long way to meet with him.

He sat down with Washington, and face-to-face over a council fire, the chief told Washington the following:

“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 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–’twas 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 shall soon be gathered to the great council fire of my fathers in the land of the shades, but ere I go, there is somethind 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.”

This story of God’s divine protection and of Washington’s open gratitude could be found in virtually all school textbooks until 1934.  Now few Americans have read it.  Washington often recalled this dramatic event that helped shape his character and confirm God’s call on his life.


3 responses to “An American History Moment: The ‘Bulletproof’ George Washington

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  2. Christian History of our forefathers and their worship of God in everything they set to do has been pruned from Americas History book’s re-written by liberal’s who have for a long time desired to esrased God from Americas foundation and establish American a Socialist nation..Neither was America founded a Democracy,but a Republic … Americas rights come from God not the goverment what the goverment gives it can write a law to take away … And we have had corrupt men to sit as President to appoint godless judges to the Supreme Court to make law what is lawless and force them on a people to whom the goverment is own by therefore abolishing their God given rights.. People of God built the goverment on the Holy Word of God,the goverment did not build the people ,God did and His Word is Law ;Now corrupt [bought,bribed] judges have given power to the goverment and it has became law ..doing such a thing is treason,it conflicts with our founded Constitution and it also is a Bibical founded document ..

  3. Dear Robert and anyone who wishs to know the “real reason” of what is causing all the difficulties we are experiencing today in America. I know that this statement seems simplistic, but is it any more simplistic than saying that there is also one reason and one reason alone that
    George Washington to whom this article was connected ” four bullets going through his coat and two horses shot out from under him, yet he wasn’t injured in any way whatsoever, the reasons for George and what I am saying are exactly the same. The name of the reason is hidden in the name of a current book called “Harbinger”. The book is written by Jonathan Cahn. On the face of the book is written “The Ancient Mystery that holds the Secret of Americas Future”. I can attest to the fact that I absolutly agree with the information given in this mysterious unraveling of events from 9/11 until now. And I further agree that we as a country are in and heading for absolute disaster if we don’t heed the warnings given to us in this book. And I’m not alone. There are many people much greater than myself that agree with me. God Bless

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