Thursday, January 19, 2017

Article Review: the Washington Hypothesis

This article appears in the LDS Living magazine July/August 2016 and is based on a book by the same name by Timothy Ballard.  After reading the article, I was thinking I should seek out the book.  The article is interesting as it documents a few things about George Washington I did not know.  First is an incident in the French an Indian War.  It seems the unit in which Washington was fighting was ambushed.  In all rights Washington should have been killed.  Later a chief visited Washington and proclaimed that the great Spirit protected him, because he attempted to shoot him several times, but could not do so.   He had experience in bringing squirrels out of trees, but could not hit Washington.  Of this even Washington later wrote, "I had four bullets through my coat and two horses shot under me and yet escaped unhurt."  It is as if the Lord had a work for Washington to accomplish.  This article also talks about a day of fasting, and Washington insist that the country and his soldiers live in such a way as to deserve the providence of the Lord.  Without that providence, Washington and his army would have been captured on Long Island.  However a fortunate wind kept the British ships at bay, so he and his troops could cross the East River into Manhattan.  This move was not accomplished during the night as hoped.  However, the next day a thick fog come up on the river and provided the cover they needed.  Somehow the fog was not present on Manhattan, but it was thick on the river.
I am aware of George Washington praying at Valley Forge.  However of these bits of history I was not aware.

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