See the wondrous works…

12 Apr

“Battle of Trenton” by H. Charles McBarron, Jr.

“Victory was their smallest expectation, but see the wondrous works of Providence! the
uncertainty of Human things!” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s References to God and Religion


Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Letters


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2 responses to “See the wondrous works…

  1. williamdbailey

    April 12, 2012 at 5:35 am

    General Braddock’s forces had just been defeated, and the general killed, at Braddock’s Field. Washington wrote:a few days later:

    “Its true, we have been beaten, most shamefully beaten, by a handful of Men! who only intended to molest and disturb our March; Victory was their smallest expectation, but see the wondrous works of Providence! the uncertainty of Human things! We, but a few moments before, believ’d our number’s almost equal to the Canadian Force; they only expected to annoy us. Yet, contrary to all expectation and human probability, and even to the common course of things, we were totally defeated, sustain’d the loss of every thing; which they have got, are enrichen’d and strengthened by it. This, as you observe, must be an affecting story to the Colony; and will, no doubt, license the tongues of People to censure those they think most blamably; which by the by, often falls very wrongfully. I join very heartily with you in believing that when this story comes to be related in future Annals, it will meet with ridicule or indignation; for had I not been witness to the fact on that fatal Day, I sh’d scarce give credit to it now.” – George Washington, letter to Robert Jackson, Mount Vernon, August 2, 1755; Fitzpatrick: Vol. 1

  2. George Washington Inn

    April 13, 2012 at 2:42 am

    It was definitely a life-changing experience for young George Washington! His fearless leadership in subsequent battles was forged by this important experience. His strong trust in Providence didn’t seem to waver after it.


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