Bullets through My Coat

Washington on Mt. Rushmore

(also see “By Love of George”)

by Granny Vee

THIS POEM RECOUNTS AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING INCIDENT DURING THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR (1755) ABOUT WHICH GEORGE WASHINGTON HIMSELF WROTE.    MORE DETAILS MAY BE FOUND IN THE BOOK GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SACRED FIRE BY PETER A. LILLBACK. THIS INCIDENT IS ALSO FOUND IN THE BOOK, THE BULLETPROOF GEORGE WASHINGTON, BY DAVID BARTON.

THIS POEM MAY BE SUNG TO THE TUNE OF “YANKEE DOODLE” IN WHICH CASE, IT IS BEST TO PRONOUNCE INDIAN AS “IN-JUN”.

BULLETS THROUGH MY COAT

In seventeen and fifty-five

Against the Yanks and British,

The French* and Indians* took by surprise

Them in a tragic skirmish.

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In Pennsylvania’s woods, they* hid

And then they opened fire

And struck most all, but George he lived

For it was God’s desire.

*(refrain, if sung)

They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

George Washington, he wrote.

They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

And that there is a true quote.

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Now what did hold these bullets back

How could they not go through George?

Four holes were made and that’s a fact

Must be that God did save George!

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“Mark yon tall and daring” man

The Indian chief did order

“Quick, let your aim be certain”

But each attempt was thwarted.

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They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

George Washington, he wrote.

They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

And that there is a true quote.

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Two horses shot while under George

Were hit with mean precision

But bullets fired meant for George

Were stopped by God’s decision.

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How stands yet still this mortal man?

The Indian chief was awe-struck

“He cannot die” for there’s a plan

“Great Spirit” shields this young buck!

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They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

George Washington, he wrote.

They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

And that there is a true quote.

 *

“I now exist”; there’s evidence

Wrote George unto his brother

“by the miraculous care of Providence”

It could be no one other!

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Many moons, did come and go

The Indian Chief came calling

To visit George, to let him him know

Why he’d been spared from falling.

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They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

George Washington, he wrote.

They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

And that there is a true quote.

 *

The wise old Indian understood

This George would lead a nation

His life was kept for mankind’s good

He’d father a great nation!

*(c) 4th of July, 2011 CAVenable*

 BARD14

Providence = a common term in colonial times for God and God’s will

Skirmish = irregular fighting

Thwarted = prevented from happening

Yanks = an informal term for Americans

Yon = poetic for yonder; “that one over there”

Young buck = colorful reference to a young male

Quote by George Washington –

“I now exist and appear in the land of the living by the miraculous care of Providence, that protected me beyond all human expectation; I had 4 Bullets through my Coat, and two horse shot under me, and yet escaped unhurt.”

The Thanksgiving Story

(This is a truthful account.)

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Poetry: The Thanksgiving Story (Historical)

 

On the ship dubbed Mayflower, Pilgrims sailed o’er the sea

To a land where these Christians would seek their liberty

To live in obedience to God Almighty above:

It would take their sacrifice, their courage, their patience, their love.

*
After a hard and long voyage, they were “brought safe to land”

Through perilous seas by the Lord’s gracious hand.

They fell to their knees on the cold shores of Cape Cod

And lifted their voices in thankful blessings to God.

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The Pilgrims settled down in Plymouth, after weeks of exploration

And built a common house, the start of their plantation.

There was good fertile soil and water flowing from fresh springs

And forests filled with nuts and berries and other tasty things.

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That first winter was harder than most humans could bear

But the Pilgrims, without complaining, trusted in God’s care.

Though sickness took near half of them to their heav’nly destination

God forged these hardy Pilgrims, and destined a new nation.

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That first spring was welcomed and they planted the rich fields

And prayed for a harvest of a hale and hearty yield.

Kindly native Indians offered ‘know-how’ and their aid

So over that first summer, lasting friendships were gladly made.

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So greatly was appreciated the harvest of that fall

That the governor named Bradford sent forth a public call

To thank the Lord Almighty in a very special way

With a time of prayer and feasting – a Thanksgiving Day!

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The chief of the Indians came and brought ninety more

Feeding all those people would really be a chore!

But the Indians didn’t come empty-handed in the least

They came loaded down with goodies to add to the feast!

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The Indians brought plump turkeys and plenty of deer meat.

The Pilgrims cooked fresh veggies: carrots, onions, turnips, beets.

Dessert was not forgotten: they made puddings and pies so sweet

And the Indians popped popcorn! Yes! For the Pilgrims, a new treat!

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They ate and ate, then had some sport and took some time to play

But Thanksgiving is more than food and fun: it is a time to pray.

So the Pilgrims and the Indians humbly bowed their heads

Remembering God’s goodness, a prayer of thanks was said.

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So it came to pass in that year, sixteen-hundred twenty-one

In the beauty of the autumn, this celebration was begun.

One more fact about this fine feast of gobble-gobble glee:

That very first Thanksgiving was not one day … but THREE!
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© 2008 CAVenable

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