by James Still, ©2015

Ft. Duquesne in 1755 (Wikipedia)

(Jul. 1, 2015) — In 1755, a young Colonel George Washington fought under British General Edward Braddock against the French at Fort Duquesne [pronounced, “doo-cane”].  The British suffered a devastating defeat.  Fifteen years later, as Washington was surveying lands west of Virginia, he was met by a party of Indians.  An Indian chief, upon learning of Washington’s trip, had traveled to speak to him.  As the Indian party entered the camp, the chief pointed to Washington.  A council fire was lit and the chief told the story of the “great” battle at Fort Duquesne:

“I am a chief, and the ruler over many 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:  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 him, knew not how to miss- ‘twas all in vain, a power mightier far than we, shielded him from harm.  He cannot die in battle.

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, 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!”  George Washington Parke Custis, Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington, 1860

James Still (July 2015), JamesStill@RetraceOurSteps.com

“… I now exist and appear in the land of the living by the miraculous care of Providence, that protected me beyond all human expectation; I had four bullets through my coat and two horses shot under me yet escaped unhurt.”  George Washington, Letter to John Augustine Washington, July 18, 1755


“It is an interesting fact, that Washington never received the slightest wound in battle.”  Benson J. Lossing, Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington by George Washington Parke Custis, 1860

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