One of the most telling events in the life of this Man of Destiny will not be found in any of our high school or college history texts. But it certainly should be! It is said to have taken place during the dread winter of 1777. This was a time when the Revolutionary War wasn't going well for the vastly outnumbered and ill-equipped Colonial ...
One of the most telling events in the life of this Man of Destiny will not be found in any of our high school or college history texts. But it certainly should be!
It is said to have taken place during the dread winter of 1777. This was a time when the Revolutionary War wasn't going well for the vastly outnumbered and ill-equipped Colonial forces.
The Continental Army had been defeated in two major battles and British invaders occupied Philadelphia!
Washington had retreated to the Pennsylvania plains.
The situation was desperate!
There was near famine!
Temperatures fell far below zero!
Winds blew with gale force.
Soldiers with no shoes struggled barefoot in the snow and ice.
Bloody footprints could be seen in the snow on the ground.
Feet and legs froze until the turned black and were amputated.
Morale was at an all time low.
More than 3,000 patriots died that winter.
Men had no blankets to wrap around their bodies while trying to sleep.
Nor did many have clothing to cover their bare bodies.
Defeat and surrender were staring Washington in the face.
Nevertheless, a great number of people believe that God chose this time of misery to give a prophetic vision to George Washington.
There was little hope for victory that day during the winter of 1777. American forces were desperately fighting against the British, at the time the most powerful nation in the world. Did it happen that the great General momentarily dozed and dreamed while sitting in his headquarters at Valley Forge? Or did he have an angelic visit through a daydream? This is the time when George Washington is purported to have had a vision that described the future of the Republic - included were victory in the Revolutionary War; the fighting between Americans in a Civil War; and a World War yet to come.
The story of Washington's visionary dream was in the beginning published in the National Tribune in 1859 and subsequently reprinted in other publications including The Stars and Stripes It was initially described to a reporter named Wesley Bradshaw by an officer (Anthony Sherman) who claims to have served under General Washington at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777.
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Meet the Author
Robert W. Pelton has been writing and lecturing for more than 45 years on historical, , humor and other subjects. He has published numerous articles and more than 100 books including the sensational exposé Unwanted Dead or Alive - The Greatest Act of Treason in Our History - The betrayal of American POWs Following World War II, Korea and Vietnam; and an unsurpassed two volume exposé The McCarthy Chronicles Part 1 Treason and Part 2 Traitors. He has also published humor titles including Loony Laws Passed by Apparently Brain Dead Legislators and Strange Laws Related to Dating & Marriage All Governments Make When They Have Nothing Better To Do.
Pelton has carefully mined hundreds of sources for historical cooking and baking recipes from the early days of America. He has perused innumerable old cookbooks as well as yellowed and tattered handwritten receipt ledgers from both private and public archives and libraries. Through all this, he has been able to skillfully recreate these recipe treasures of the past in 10 historical cook books. His latest are titled Cooking & Baking During the War of Northern Aggression - Special Southern Edition; Historical Thanksgiving Cooking and Baking; and Family Baking Recipes of the Signers.
Robert W. Pelton proudly claims a heritage going all the way back to well before the War for American Independence. One of Mr. Pelton's ancestors, John Rogers, came to America on the Mayflower and was one of 41 signers of the Mayflower Compact.
Another, John Smith was one of the founders of Jamestown.
Peleg Pelton served as the fifer in the Continental Army at age 18 during the Battle of Saratoga (1777) and again in Yorktown (1781).
Captain Peter Hager was Commander of the Old Stone Fort in Schoharie, New York, in 1780.
Another, Captain Bezaleel Tyler fought in the only Revolutionary War Battle taking place in Sullivan County, New York.
Mr. Pelton is a member of Sons of the Revolution (SOR), and Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).
For a Power Point Presentation covering the Words, Dreams, Beliefs, and Aspirations of Our Founding Fathers or Cooking and Baking in the American Colonies contact Mr. Pelton at 910-339-5354; or 865-776-6644; or by e-mail at: