Braddock's Defeat, Washington's Miraculous Preservation

Amercanist History, 1749-1755, William J. Jackman

From William J. Jackman’s account of Braddock’s defeat — a fully avoidable defeat had General Braddock taken the advice of young George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and others about troop movements and how to best fight Indians in the American wilderness — we read of a most remarkable incident:

The attention of the people was directed especially to Washington. In a letter to his brother Augustine he says: “By the all-powerful dispensation of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, though death was levelling my companions on every side around me.”

The wonderful manner in which he had been preserved in that day of peril, excited universal attention No doubt the Rev. Samuel Davies, one of the most celebrated clergymen of the day, expressed the common sentiment, when, in a sermon preached soon after Braddock’s defeat, he referred to him as “that heroic youth, Colonel Washington, whom I cannot but hope Providence has hitherto preserved in so signal a manner for some important service to his country.” Washington was never wounded in battle; he was shielded by the same protecting hand.

Source: Jackman, William J. History of the American Nation, Volume II, p. 356-357.

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