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The Bulletproof George Washington.

It's a little-known fact that George Washington was shot numerous times...but the bullets didn't harm him. He would return from battles with an entry hole in the front of his shirt and and exit hole in the back, but no harm to him. His hat often had bullet holes through it. In one battle, he had several horses shot out from under him but was unharmed. One time, one of his own soldiers mutinied and tried to shoot him in the back...and failed.

One day, an Indian chief found George Washington and told him something more about about a time during the French and Indian war when Washington had remained the only officer on horseback alive (and at the time had written a letter, stating: “…by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence I have been protected beyond all human probability of expectations, for I had four bullets through my coat and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!”):

“I am a chief and ruler over my tribes. My influence extends to the waters of the great lakes and to the far blue mountains. I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle. It was on the day when the white man’s blood mixed with the streams of our forests that I first beheld this chief [Washington].

I called to my young men and said, “Mark yon tall and daring warrior? He is not of the red-coat tribe–he hath an Indian’s wisdom and his warriors fight as we do–himself alone exposed. Quick, let your aim be certain and he dies.”

Our rifles were leveled, rifles which, but for you, knew not how to miss–’twas all in vain, a power mightier far than we shielded you.

Seeing you were under the special guardianship of the Great Spirit, we immediately ceased to fire at you. I am old and shall soon be gathered to the great council fire of my fathers in the land of the shades, but ere I go, there is somethind bids me speak in the voice of prophecy:

Listen! The Great Spirit protects that man [pointing at Washington], 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. I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.”

This isn't just some made-up fairy-tale like the cherry tree story. George Washington himself wrote about it, as did several people who knew him. It used to be included in almost all school history books until 1934, when it was removed for being "too religious".