Skip to comments.George Washington's Vision
Posted on 02/10/2012 7:15:23 PM PST by Talisker
Washington, gazing upon his companion with that strange look of dignity which he alone commanded, related the event that occurred that day.
"This afternoon, as I was sitting at this table engaged in preparing a dispatch, something seemed to disturb me. Looking up, I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict orders not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire the cause of her presence. A second, a third and even a fourth time did I repeat my question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor except a slight raising of her eyes.
"By this time I felt strange sensations spreading through me. I would have risen but the riveted gaze of the being before me rendered volition impossible. I assayed once more to address her, but my tongue had become useless, as though it had become paralyzed.
"A new influence, mysterious, potent, irresistible, took possession of me. All I could do was to gaze steadily, vacantly at my unknown visitor. Gradually the surrounding atmosphere seemed as if it had become filled with sensations, and luminous. Everything about me seemed to rarefy, the mysterious visitor herself becoming more airy and yet more distinct to my sight than before. I now began to feel as one dying, or rather to experience the sensations which I have sometimes imagined accompany dissolution. I did not think, I did not reason, I did not move; all were alike impossible. I was only conscious of gazing fixedly, vacantly at my companion.
"Presently I heard a voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look and learn," while at the same time my visitor extended her arm eastwardly, I now beheld a heavy white vapor at some distance rising fold upon fold. This gradually dissipated, and I looked upon a stranger scene. Before me lay spread out in one vast plain all the countries of the world Europe, Asia, Africa and America. I saw rolling and tossing between Europe and America the billows of the Atlantic, and between Asia and America lay the Pacific.
"Son of the Republic," said the same mysterious voice as before, "look and learn." At that moment I beheld a dark, shadowy being, like an angel, standing or rather floating in mid-air, between Europe and America. Dipping water out of the ocean in the hollow of each hand, he sprinkled some upon America with his right hand, while with his left hand he cast some on Europe. Immediately a cloud raised from these countries, and joined in mid-ocean. For a while it remained stationary, and then moved slowly westward, until it enveloped America in its murky folds. Sharp flashes of lightning gleamed through it at intervals, and I heard the smothered groans and cries of the American people.
"A second time the angel dipped water from the ocean, and sprinkled it out as before. The dark cloud was then drawn back to the ocean, in whose heaving billows in sank from view. A third time I heard the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look and learn," I cast my eyes upon America and beheld villages and towns and cities springing up one after another until the whole land from the Atlantic to the Pacific was dotted with them.
"Again, I heard the mysterious voice say, "Son of the Republic, the end of the century cometh, look and learn." At this the dark shadowy angel turned his face southward, and from Africa I saw an ill omened specter approach our land. It flitted slowly over every town and city of the latter. The inhabitants presently set themselves in battle array against each other. As I continued looking I saw a bright angel, on whose brow rested a crown of light, on which was traced the word "Union," bearing the American flag which he placed between the divided nation, and said, "Remember ye are brethren." Instantly, the inhabitants, casting from them their weapons became friends once more, and united around the National Standard.
"And again I heard the mysterious voice saying "Son of the Republic, look and learn." At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene: From each of these countries arose thick, black clouds that were soon joined into one. Throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who, moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America. Our country was enveloped in this volume of cloud, and I saw these vast armies devastate the whole county and burn the villages, towns and cities that I beheld springing up. As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, clashing of sword, and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I heard again the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look and learn" When the voice had ceased, the dark shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth, and blew a long and fearful blast. "Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel upon whose head still shone the word Union, and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the other, descended from the heavens attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were will nigh overcome, but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle.
"Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look and learn." As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious!
"Then once more I beheld the villages, towns and cities springing up where I had seen them before, while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with a loud voice: "While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last." And taking from his brow the crown on which blazoned the word "Union," he placed it upon the Standard while the people, kneeling down, said, "Amen."
"The scene instantly began to fade and dissolve, and I at last saw nothing but the rising, curling vapor I at first beheld. This also disappearing, I found myself once more gazing upon the mysterious visitor, who, in the same voice I had heard before, said, "Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted: Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is the third, but in this greatest conflict the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and the Union." With these words the vision vanished, and I started from my seat and felt that I had seen a vision wherein had been shown to me the birth, progress, and destiny of the United States."
Were they considered such a thing as “the American people” in those days? I thought the US was pretty much a union of independent states until the Civil War.
I remember reading this some time ago... creepy, if true.
It seems that George Washington’s vision has gone through history as truth until recent skeptics questioned its validity.
Were they considered such a thing as the American people in those days? I thought the US was pretty much a union of independent states until the Civil War.
Washington’s Vision, written by Charles Alexander under the pseudonym of Wesley Bradshaw.
Charles Alexander was a publisher of ‘true crime’ stories around the time of the Civil War.
I’ve seen this before, but not much. Maybe only once.
I have my doubts, too, although generally lovely. But frankly the close post-proximity to the Civil War and “Union” makes me think made-up stuff. What with the apparent viewpoint that “union” is what it’s all about and of course, it was maintained - albeit at gunpoint.
LOL, there's a lot of "publishers" of "true crime" - these days too, and especially on the net (and especially through whispers).
And of course, nobody ever saw a dragon, so its use in cultures around the world prove that those cultures were completely out of touch with reality and lost in meaningless fantasy. As well, the Bible says all sorts of false things, like that you can sell people off to slavery as long as they are not Israelites, and that eating shrimp is an abomination to God - so therefore the entire Bible is false.
Remember - the only truth is in literalism.
And only when it is expressed by duly authorized and appointed sources.
Of politically correct factions.
For approved reasons.
Or it simply didn't happen, means nothing, and should be dismissed.
Remember - think correctly. Or else.
You’ll need to translate that post into simple English.
I think not. The story was about the "Son of the Republic," not the "Son of Democracy." Not everything is for everyone.
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
First I have seen of this. I have always wondered why the United States was not mentioned in the end times in the Bible. I am afraid that I have sinned the sin of pride.
I have prayed that this nation will not go quietly into the night but that we fight evil until the end.
I am not sure what to think of this.
But your statement of “Sons of the Republic” is just a statement of truth.
What are your thoughts and can you share with the great unwashed?
Now that’s a serious look on that cute little guy’s face.
First I have seen of this. I have always wondered why the United States was not mentioned in the end times in the Bible.
Many believe it’s because the United States will no longer be a viable nation at that time. We’re headed there very fast.
I have heard this.
Again my sinful pride prays this is not the case.
And if it is, I want to go down fighting.
I will not accept anything less from us all.
We are AMERICANS
I couldn’t agree more.
Yes my FRiend
I am very much afraid that we have let this go on much too long.
I know longer know what to do.
I have a feeling a time will come and soon
That we will have to make a choice
If so I will proudly stand with you and all freedom loving Americans
Once more into the breach we will go
Once more before we die
This has been debunked a million times. I can’t believe anyone still believes this nonsense.
The original article was written by a man who authored several of these “visions” including one by General George McClelland. The story was first published in 1880 in the National Tribune.Later it was reprinted in Stars and Stripes in the 1950’s
The author claimed he first heard the story in 1859 (on July 4th in Philadelphia) from a 99 year old revolutionary war veteran named Anthony Sherman. There is no record of any Anthony Sherman serving with Washington at Valley Forge where the vision supposedly took place.
Furthermore there is no record of Washington ever mentioning such a vision to any of his contemporaries. Washington was a man who left many written letters and accounts of his life and historians have found nothing to corroborate this story.
The story was a hoax written after the fact to appear as a prescient vision of the future. No legitimate historian believes this story.
And I, proudly, with you and all the other lovers of freedom!
It's all there. I just refuse to be nit-parsed by a shill using a dead-horse cognitive dissonance tactic they learned on the back of cereal box.
It be the same if I said "God Bless you," and someone wanted to know exactly what I meant by the words "God," "Bless" and "you."
I'd tell them they mean go to hell.
I think I have just been insulted