A MAN WHO COULD’VE BEEN KING

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Today we celebrate the birthday of the first POTUS, George Washington.  I remember as a child in elementary school, that this was a very important day in itself.  We now celebrate the birthdays of all presidents on one day in February, but in those days, this one was carved out to especially honor the “father of our country.”  We often made cut out silhouettes of George and Martha Washington and glued them to construction paper.

Most Americans know all about this founding father- a man who rose from the military ranks to a place of leadership within those very ranks.  We’ve heard the stories about the fledgling nation pursuing its independence, yet Washington had always hoped that war against England would not have to take place – that this new country could gain its freedom without dividing itself from the crown.

We remember the battles of Lexington and Concord in April of 1775 which escalated into armed conflict.  We’re all too familiar with the vivid imagery of Washington crossing the Delaware.  We shutter to think of the death and devastation of starving, freezing soldiers, without shoes and warm clothing, at Valley Forge.  We seem to imagine that Washington was always a soldier and leader of his troops against the British army.

We don’t often think of the young boy who was homeschooled between the ages of 7 and 15. We don’t think of him as a slave owner, a land baron or a tobacco grower.  He wasn’t a seasoned military leader.  He had no experience against an army that would fight head on in battle.  He was more used to skirmishes within the countryside.  He would soon learn that war was not simply gaining victories.  He discovered that politics played as important a role as did winning a battle.  The point was to keep the resistance alive in the minds and hearts of his men.

His father died when George was only eleven so he had to grow up quick.  His education continued through the sexton of the local church ,where he learned practical math, geography and Latin.  Most of his knowledge came from on the job experience, which he learned from the plantation foreman or through his job as a surveyor.  His real passion was for the land and farming.  He left his plantation in exchange for service to his country, but would later return to it once he left the presidency.

We owe a debt of gratitude to our first president.  He was smart enough to surround himself with learned men.  Jefferson, Franklin, Sam Adams, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and others who advised and assisted him with the formation of the young independent nation.  Washington never wanted to give the impression that the presidency was the same as a monarchy, so he never appeared at public events in military attire during his two terms in office.  Instead he opted for a black velvet suit, buckled shoes and a white powdered wig.

Happy birthday, Mr. President!

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4 Responses to A MAN WHO COULD’VE BEEN KING

  1. Tim Shey says:

    George Washington in the French and Indian War (1754-1763)

    “This story of George Washington once appeared in virtually every student text in America, but hasn’t been seen in the last forty years. This story deals with George Washington when he was involved in the French and Indian War as a young man only twenty-three years of age.

    “The French and Indian War occurred twenty years before the American Revolution. It was the British against the French; the Americans sided with the British; and most of the Indians sided with the French. Both Great Britain and France disputed each other’s claims of territorial ownership along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers; both of them claimed the same land.

    “Unable to settle the dispute diplomatically, Great Britain sent 2300 hand-picked, veteran British troops to America under General Edward Braddock to rout the French.

    “The British troops arrived in Virginia, where George Washington (colonel of the Virginia militia) and 100 Virginia buckskins joined General Braddock. They divided their force; and General Braddock, George Washington, and 1300 troops marched north to expel the French from Fort Duquesne — now the city of Pittsburgh. On July 9, 1755 — only seven miles from the fort — while marching through a wooded ravine, they walked right into an ambush; the French and Indians opened fire on them from both sides.

    “But these were British veterans; they knew exactly what to do. The problem was, they were veterans of European wars. European warfare was all in the open. One army lined up at one end of an open field, the other army lined up at the other end, they looked at each other, took aim, and fired. No running, no hiding, But here they were in the Pennsylvania woods with the French and Indians firing at them from the tops of trees, from behind rocks, and from under logs.

    “When they came under fire, the British troops did exactly what they had been taught; they lined up shoulder-to-shoulder in the bottom of that ravine — and were slaughtered. At the end of two hours, 714 of the 1300 British and American troops had been shot down; only 30 of the French and Indians had been shot. There were 86 British and American officers involved in that battle; at the end of the battle, George Washington was the only officer who had not been shot down off his horse — he was the only officer left on horseback.

    “Following this resounding defeat, Washington gathered the remaining troops and retreated back to Fort Cumberland in western Maryland, arriving there on July 17, 1755.

    “The next day, Washington wrote a letter to his family explaining that after the battle was over, he had taken off his jacket and had found four bullet holes through it, yet not a single bullet had touched him; several horses had been shot from under him, but he had not been harmed. He told them:

    “‘By the all powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation.’

    “Washington openly acknowledged that God’s hand was upon him, that God had protected him and kept him through that battle.

    “However, the story does not stop here. Fifteen years later, in 1770 — now a time of peace — George Washington and a close personal friend, Dr. James Craik, returned to those same Pennsylvania woods. An old Indian chief from far away, having heard that Washington had come back to those woods, traveled a long way just to meet with him.

    “He sat down with Washington, and face-to-face over a council fire, the chief told Washington that he had been a leader in that battle fifteen years earlier, and that he had instructed his braves to single out all the officers and shoot them down. Washington had been singled out, and the chief explained that he personally had shot at Washington seventeen different times, but without effect. Believing Washington to be under the care of the Great Spirit, the chief instructed his braves to cease firing at him. He then told Washington:

    “‘I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle…. I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.’”

    America’s Godly Heritage
    by David Barton

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  2. He was truly an amazing man! And I so admire his humility and commitment to the good of his country. He truly had a servant’s heart. Great post, Kathy! ❤ ❤

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