Ghostology: The Ghostly History of George Washington

It is October 2012 and the United States is in the thick of a Presidential Election.  As emotions run high, party pundits make dogmatic speeches in the hopes of persuading the masses to their views.  The relentless roar of the campaigns can become tiresome as political particulars are debated till the truth becomes nebulous and vague.  It is at these times I think it is perfect to remember a few paranormal events from our nations past in order to point out that, supernaturally speaking, the United States of America has been maintained through divine intervention.

Ghost and paranormal phenomena have played major roles in the history of the United States.  There are numerous reports of high ranking government officials who have had contact with ghosts and spirits.  One example is George Washington the first president of the United States.  History tells us that Washington was involved in several events during his life and after death at crucial moments of US history.

George Washington’s first documented brush with the paranormal was reported in the National Tribune in 1880.  During the winter of 1778 while the Continental Army camped at Valley forge George Washington would write, “‘I do not know whether it is owing to anxiety of my mind, or what, but 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”. The angelic visitor would continue to show him a vision of the United States that would extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific.  The vision was of great relief to Washington at the time who was trying to defend the newly declared nation from the British.

George Washington died in 1799 but General George McClellan, who had charge of the Union Armies in 1862 also conveyed that he was visited by our first president.  He said that early in the morning he had fallen asleep when he was awakened by a voice as he saw a mist followed by the faint outline of a man. McClellan was told that the Union had been betrayed and was shown a “living map” that pointed out the locations of the Confederate Armies. McClellan was able to make notes of the Confederate Armies positions and then identified the visitor as George Washington.  McClellan convinced of the divine nature of the message immediately visited the Union front and made strategic changes necessary to meet the Confederates’ plan of attack on Antietam September 17, 1862 and succeeded in preventing the capture of the Capitol and saving the Union.

Later in 1863 the specter of George Washington was not done yet as the battle of Gettysburg neared.  The 20th Maine Regiment on their way to Pennsylvania had marched till they arrived at a fork in the road.  It was unclear which way they should go but their decision would be critical to the outcome of the war.  It was a cloudy night and as they pondered their choices suddenly the clouds parted and rays of moonlight illuminated the figure of a man on a horse waving the men down one of the roads.  At first the men believed it was General George McClellan, but that was impossible who at the time was not in the vicinity of Gettysburg.  Soon the regiment recognized the figure as that of George Washington. The 20th Maine Regiment would go on to play a pivotal role in the battle of Gettysburg the turning point of the Civil War.

So in this time of election as we reflect upon our values and country it is comforting to also remember the power of the American spirit (no pun intended) and role that the paranormal and ghosts have played in the shaping of our history.  To me it is evident that our nation has been guided in the past and may our leaders today receive guidance now.


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