With the coming of the July 4th holiday, I thought it would be fun to bring up some paranormal facts about our country’s patriotic history. It is two part series about interesting facts of spirits, UFOs, and alien encounters surrounding our famous forefathers.

During the battle of Valley Forge, it is said that General George Washington encountered a strange revelation while sitting in a cabin used for a military base headquarters during this famous battle. Some versions credit it towards a spiritual encounter, such as angels, and others claim he saw a glowing, hovering ball of light which came to rest on a hill, and a glowing being emerged from the ball and talked to him. Other versions say it was a dead indian chief who came to warn him of the future events to take place.

The below passage  was taken from his diary. Some claim he didn’t write it, but officers often had scribes write for them to save time in the battlefield. Either way, it is interesting that he never specifies “what”the being actually is in the passage:

“I do not know whether it is owing to the anxiety of my mind, or what, but
this afternoon, as I was sitting at this table engaged in preparing a
dispatch, something in the apartment seemed to disturb me. Looking up, I
beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful being. 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 the visit. 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 the 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 speak, but my tongue had become useless, as if paralyzed. A new influence, mysterious, potent, irresistible, took possession of me. All I could do was to gaze steadily, vacantly at my unknown visitor.”


The real identity of the being is vague from the passage, but there are similarities to alien encounters. The temporary paralysis, the glowing ball that appears to hover, and so on. But there is also the spiritual possibility, as he was praying before the incident occurred. One can only wonder what really happened, as there were no photographs then, tape recorders, or anything else that would’ve provided sufficient evidence.


But was George the only one who might have believed in aliens? Ben Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson all belonged to a private club called “The Lunar Society.” They would discuss scientific ideas, and life on other planets. To Franklin, ever the thinker, belief in extraterrestrials was not only an interesting topic of conversation, but an essential view of the new world.

In 1728, he wrote “For I believe that Man is not the most perfect Being but One, rather that as there are many Degrees of Beings his Inferiors, so there are many Degrees of Beings superior to him.”


It is also true of the Native Americans who spoke of visitors from the heavens who came to instill peace among the tribes, and some even believed they were descendants of these beings.

What is my view of our founding fathers believing in aliens? It is probably a misinterpreted passage, but there could be a real possibility this could be genuine.  Astronomy was a relatively new science, but the fact remains that our forefathers did have knowledge of other worlds, through the studies of Galileo and Copernicus. To believe in life on other planets wasn’t farfetched at the time. but what about Washington’s experience?

There is a real possibility that he was delusional at the time. he admits in the passage that is anxious with worry, and the fact the troops had been starving, cold, and tired could have contributed to hallucinations. There was also sickness within the camp as well. I’m not trying to dismiss what he could’ve possibly saw, only giving a possible explanation. What do you think? Did ET and our first president have a cabinet meeting together, or is this story just a bunch of bunk, like the cherry tree?



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