Washington: A bul­let­proof role model for Amer­ica G

The Advance of Bucks County - - OPINION -

eorge Washington was our na­tion’s first Pres­i­dent and the Com­man­der-in-Chief of the rKSK Army dur­ing the oevo­lu­tion­ary WarK How­ev­erI were you aware he was bul­let­proof? On guly VI NTRRI 2P-year-old Ge­orge Washington was as­signed aide-de-camp for Bri­tish Gen­eral Wil­liam Brad­dock dur­ing the crench and In­dian WarK Brad­dock was plan­ning an as­sault on the crench oc­cu­pied fort at Pitts­burghK Brad­dock had NI4MM Bri­tish reg­u­lars and sir­ginia mili­tiaK He was met by a crench and In­dian force of VMM who set an am­bush in a ravine for the ad­vanc­ing Bri­tishK It was a slaugh­terK

ae­spite re­peated warn­ings from Washington to Brad­dock about the hide and seek style tac­tics that the In­di­ans and crench uti­lizeI the Bri­tish gen­eral tried to fight the on­slaught us­ing tra­di­tional stand-up Euro­pean tac­ticsK The bat­tle­field Ecalled jonon­ga­he­laF left all of the UR of­fi­cers on horse­back wounded or dead ex­cept one un­scathed sur­vivor who led the 4MM sur­viv­ing troops back to safe­tyK He was the largest tar­get on horse­backK In try­ing to ex­plain this mir­a­cle to his brother gackI Washington wrote that he sur­vived “by the mirac­u­lous care of Prov­i­dence that pro­tected me be­yond all hu­man ex­pec­ta­tionK I had four bul­lets through my coatI two horses shot un­der and yet es­caped un­hurtK”

cif­teen years af­ter the bat­tleI arK games CraikI Washington’s life­time per­sonal physi­cian and friendI wrote that they were tour­ing West­ern Penn­syl­va­nia when they en­coun­tered the In­dian chiefI who was in charge at jonon­ga­he­laI and had trav­eled sev­eral hun­dred miles to see Wash­ing­tonK The chief claimed he or­dered his braves to shoot at Washington and he per­son­ally shot at him sev­eral times at jonon­ga­hela and missedK He then told Washington he was pro­tected by the Great Spirit; he would be the leader of great na­tionI and would never die in bat­tleK This oc­curred in NTSV - six years prior to the oevo­lu­tion­ary WarK

au­r­ing the oevo­lu­tion­ary War Washington was unan­i­mously ap­pointed Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Army by the Con­ti­nen­tal Congress and served with­out a salary for the eight year warK When he needed to rally his troops from the jaws of de­featI he would of­ten put him­self in harm’s wayK In re­turn his sol­diers would do any­thing for himK

Washington was ab­so­lutely glo­ri­ous in his hero­ics in the bat­tles of Prince­ton and jon­mouthK In Prince­ton on ganK PI NTTTI Washington’s lead­er­ship on the front lines turned the bat­tle tide to­wards the Pa­tri­otsK When the Penn­syl­va­nia mili­tia be­gan to re­treat at the sound of en­emy gun­fire Washington rode hard to the front to as­sess the sit­u­a­tionK He im­me­di­ately ral­lied his men to turn around and fight the Bri­tish force of about NI2MMK In or­der to ac­com­plish this feat he had to put him­self in harm’s wayK He rode up and down the line on his white horse in­spir­ing his men to turn around and fightK While do­ing this he came within PM yards of Bri­tish can­non and mus­ket fireK His aide at the time Colonel gohn citzger­ald be­lieved Washington was doomedK He put his hat over his eyes as he did not want to see his leader shotK Some­how Washington re­mained un­scathed atop his horseI and the Bri­tish not be­liev­ing what they just wit­nessed also ran awayK

On gune 2UI NTTUI while the Bri­tish were mov­ing from Philadel­phia to New vorkI Washington saw an op­por­tu­nity to at­tack the Bri­tishK In a large scale bat­tle of NNIMMM Pa­tri­ots ver­sus NMIMMM Bri­tishI Washington sent Gen­eral Charles iee to at­tack on a very hot and hu­mid dayK Gen­eral ieeI a former Bri­tish of­fi­cer and POWI felt the colonists were no match for the mighty Bri­tish reg­u­larsK He de­liv­ered no bat­tle plan to his troopsI gave con­fus­ing or­ders and nat­u­rally his men re­treat­edK When Washington ob­served the re­treat of iee’s men he grew an­gry and raced to the front linesK He im­me­di­ately re­lieved iee and per­son­ally led the counter at­tackK Washington came within 2MM yards of the Bri­tish lines con­stantly ex­pos­ing him­self to deadly can­non and mus­ket fireK Again his men re­sponded pos­i­tively to his lead­er­ship and beat the Bri­tish backK au­r­ing the night the Bri­tish re­treated into New vork Ci­tyK

As a school teacher I am dis­ap­pointed that there is no men­tion of any this ex­tra-or­di­nary hero­ism in our text­booksK To­dayI there is a se­ri­ous short­age of role models who will do what is best for Amer­i­caK Washington was such a manK Was he lucky or as the In­dian chief proph­e­sized was he di­vinely in­spired and pro­tected? That is not my de­ci­sion to makeK It is one that our chil­dren and all Amer­i­cans should have to make upon be­ing pre­sented the facts as they were in pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tionsK Will they know why he was painted on the ceil­ing of the rKSK Capi­tol ootunda as a heav­enly fig­ure in NUSR? How­ev­erI if they are de­nied the facts they will miss the mag­nif­i­cence of this counderK Ge­orge Wash­ing­tonI counder of our Coun­tryI may your story be toldK Joseph Fabrizio iower jake­field

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