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A Picture from History: The Bulletproof Rider

The battle raged about the colonel, riding atop his horse as he directed his troops into combat. The horse he rode wasn’t his – and it showed.

This horse wasn’t used for combat, and it was terrified.

The colonel had no choice, though. His original horse had its chest blown away while he sat atop, leaving him scrambling for a new horse to continue giving his men orders.

Corpses surrounded the man, the boom of cannons, bullets whizzed by – and as the colonel braved all this, his horse was shot out from him once again.

Stumbling to the ground, he once more found himself amid a raging battle in search of a steed.

A mare was nearby, its former owner lying dead on the ground.

He ran over to the mare, jumped on, and resumed his place in combat once more.

Many of his men were starting to retreat, but waving his gun in the air, he managed to convince several to return to the fight.

It was no use. His men felt terrified, and thus, were easily routed by the enemy.

The colonel knew he had to do something and fast. Turning his horse to the enemy, he issued both commands and encouragement to his troops.

With his visible officer’s regalia, he drew an unprecedented amount of fire. Soldiers around him scattered as they realized just how dangerous it was to be close to this man.

Despite everything in his power, the colonel was not able to maintain control of his troops. Fear ruled them now.

Today, the fight was over.

Back at the camp that night, he sat by the fire, musing over the happenings of the day.

The fire warmed him, so he took off his coat. Shaking off the dirt and dust of the day, he noticed something — light where there should be none.

Not one but four bullet holes pierced his coat.

“There’s another one in your hat, sir,” a nearby soldier remarked, noticing what was going on.

Two horses had been shot out from under him. Four bullet holes had pierced his coat. One had almost taken off his head.

A fellow officer, having noticed all that was taking place, questioned the colonel.

“Who are you?” he demanded.

The colonel answered back, “I am George Washington.”

George Washington (Photo: MET)

“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….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!” – Unnamed Indian chief, Fall of 1770, the Ohio Frontier

This is a new style of article for Pew Pew Tactical; if you liked it — let us know in the comments! If you didn’t enjoy it…well phooey. To catch up on previous Pictures from History, click on over to our History Category.

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    BOBMARE

    liked the articles,keep 'em coming.

    August 29, 2021 8:35 pm
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    Will Martin

    That was the first time I had read that account. Really good article.

    August 20, 2021 8:07 pm
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    Dave

    I knew the story, but still got chills reading it.

    August 16, 2021 7:58 pm
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    Tony Walker

    Awesome article. We truly need more leaders like him today.

    August 16, 2021 9:57 am
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    George McKenzie

    Great article about George Washington. And I also liked the others it is a great addition to your articles, keep up the good work.
    Gmac

    August 16, 2021 9:15 am
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      Aden Tate

      Thanks, George (McKenzie, not Washington. Thought I'm thankful for the other George too)! Glad you've been liking them!

      August 16, 2021 5:38 pm
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    History Fan

    Great article, thanks! Keep 'em coming.

    August 16, 2021 7:37 am
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    Lee

    Great article. George was a hero. We need more politicians like him.

    August 15, 2021 4:51 pm
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      Aden Tate

      George absolutely rocked. How often do you find a man that voluntarily gives up a position of power the way he did?

      I highly recommend reading his farewell address.

      August 16, 2021 5:37 pm
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    dennis hawxhurst

    Thank you guys! LOVE reading these little shorts.

    August 15, 2021 4:00 pm
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      Aden Tate

      Glad you like them, Dennis! They're a blast to write.

      August 16, 2021 5:36 pm
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    Mike C

    Good article. Keep them comong.

    August 15, 2021 3:00 pm
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      Aden Tate

      Thanks Mike! Got a lot more in the works.

      August 16, 2021 5:36 pm
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    Local Treeper

    Love these articles. One of the best museums in this country is Mount Vernon although it would be difficult to visit that location today and not leave feeling heavy hearted at the demise of the Republic GW created.

    August 14, 2021 8:27 am
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    Daniel L

    This was a good one. I haven't been clicking on these history columns until recently. I find them informative now.

    August 13, 2021 2:06 pm
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      Aden Tate

      Awesome! Glad you're liking them Danny-o.

      August 16, 2021 5:34 pm
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    Scott

    Appreciate the article and would definitely read more of a similar nature. Had a hunch it was GW but the way you framed the article drew me in, especially the title. I had read similar versions in the past but knew from the start I was reading a about a battle involving GW.
    Obscuring GW’s name until the end held me in suspense. The quote from the Chieftain at the end was something I hadn’t read before...tasty icing on the cake.
    Again, excellent piece overall and look forward to reading more.
    Thank you!

    August 13, 2021 10:23 am
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      Aden Tate

      Glad it sounds like i hit the mark with what i was aiming for (haha) with this one, Scott!

      August 13, 2021 11:09 am
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    Mario

    I enjoyed it greatly. Thank you

    August 13, 2021 10:03 am
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