Bulletproof George

Yes, I’ve assigned good read to my American History students titled The Bulletproof George Washington by David Barton.  It is an account of George’s early years as a surveyor, English ambassador to the French and a Colonel in the French and Indian War. 

The Bulletproof George Washington (Paperback) ~ Charles D. Barto... Cover Art

If you don’t know the details of the Battle of Monongahela, let me help you with a brief synopsis.  Both the French and English believed they had claimed the land on the west side of the Allegheny Mountains, known as the vast Ohio Valley.  The French set up forts…. the English started settling the land.  The disagreement finally came to a head in 1755 when the English marched in like good redcoats to take over a French fort, but were surprisingly ambushed by French and Indians (hence the name of the war) hiding in the thicket, behind trees and boulders.  It was a horrible blow to the British with 714 of the 1300 being killed or wounded.  The French only lost 33 men.

The miraculous part of the story, and hence the name of the book, is that George Washington was shot at numerous times and was not even scratched.  There was a hole through his hat that should have been a bullet in his head.  There were four bullet holes in his coat that should have penetrated skin and bones.  Two horses were shot out from under him and he was the only officer to survive the battle. 

These are not undocumented tales.  George wrote several letters after the battle that still exist stating “by the miraculous care of Providence I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation.” There is a journal of a colonial woman, Mary Draper Ingels, who was captured by Indians and later returned to her home.  She heard the Shawnee Indians tell of a great leader of the white men who was protected from bullets.   One of the Indian chiefs in the attack gave testimony several times saying, “Washington was never born to be killed by a bullet!  …An Invisible Hand had indeed turned aside the bullets.”  These details were included in history textbooks right up until 1934.  Then the details of the providential care of our first president got foggy.

This is why we prefer to choose our own curriculum.  So we learn the truth about our great country that was founded by Christians… men and women who followed after God and the truth in the Bible.  There, you can count this as your history for today.

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4 Responses to “Bulletproof George”

  1. Bulletproof George | Kids say : Says:

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  2. Barbara McLeod Says:

    Very interesting! Thank you for the lesson! If you decide to do a history blog I will most assuredly subscribe.

  3. rixgal Says:

    Barb, That would be right up my alley…. if I didn’t have all these kids to homeschool. Hey, I could make reading my history blog a reading assignment!!! Good idea!!!! hahahaha!

  4. Stan and Val Rober Says:

    A great history lesson! I detested history in school. However, now
    I find those great happenings very interesting. Stan and I are just
    fine. We are leaving in two (Fri.) days to go to Canada. Jen & Terry are having C. Thanksgiving. We are staying in a motel as
    J & T will have a house full. We will have a great time. Val

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