At the Battle of Brandywine, British major Patrick Ferguson, leading a group of Redcoat sharpshooters, had an American officer dead in his sights at close range but on an impulse decided not to fire.
When he found later that the American was George Washington himself, Ferguson said, "I could have lodged half a dozen balls in him before he was out of my reach . . . but it was not pleasant to fire at the back of an unoffending individual who was acquitting himself very cooly of his duty - - so I let him live."