During the bitterly cold winter of 1777 at Valley Forge, Washington has such an unusual and profound spiritual experience that on many occasions he told good friends and fellow patriots of the occurrence.
The first-hand observations of one Anthony Sherman George relate that Washington was alone in his tent when a beautiful lady appeared to him. According to Sherman, Washington gave this account of the apparition and the story is attributed to Robert H. Goldsmith which we reprint here: The account contains highly spiritual and prophetic undertones that give some credence to the purported apparition of the Blessed Mother to the Father of our country. We do not propose that this is true, only that we do know Our Lady cares very deeply for her children in America and even back in 1700's was trying to warn us through the most famous man in U.S. history.]
"This afternoon as I was sitting at this table engaged in preparing a dispatch...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.
"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...my tongue had become useless."
In his own words, the Father described the atmosphere around him, the words of the Lady and his reactions. The Lady, who many believed was the Mother of God, addressed Washington as the "Son of the Republic" as she presented him an overview of all the world and several separate visions of America at war. She told Washington to "Look and learn" and he related how he "heard the smothered groans and cries of the American people." He was shown the future growth of towns and cities "springing up one after another until the whole land from Atlantic to Pacific was dotted with them." He was also shown a vision of the Civil War and of the World Wars and their outcomes.
The final vision shown to the first president of the United States was of an event yet to come. According to Washington, "I heard the mysterious voice saying, 'Son of the Republic, look and learn.' At this a 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 continents 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 vast armies devastate the whole country and burn the villages, towns and cities that I beheld springing up. As my ears listened to the thundering clashing and cries of millions in mortal combat, I heard again the mysterious voice saying, 'Son of the Republic, look and learn.' The dark shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth and blew a long fearful blast."
Washington's narration continued: "Instantly a light as a thousand suns shown down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment, the angel 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 well nigh overcome, but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle."
Then the Lady of the apparition showed Washington "the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious." According to Wshington, the visions were then interpreted for him by Our Lady: 'My child, these 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 God, His land and the Union.' With these words, the apparition vanished, and I...felt that I seen a vision wherein had been shown to me the birth, progress, and destiny of the United States."