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The Autumn of 1775...

Updated on May 4, 2015

George Washington's Private Journals


An elderly woman crouched in the corner of her living-room and covered herself with a piece of a fallen curtain. Outside she heard women and children screaming , and the shrieks exploded in her ears. The drama pierced through her walls and invaded her reality. That old woman curled in a tighter ball and drew the rosary beads closer to her lips.

The screaming stopped abruptly. The old woman relaxed slightly. She called out to the heaven's above. “Why is this happening, who is doing this?”

She received no answer.


It was the autumn of 1775 and the mild weather wanted badly to progress into strong, cold winter weather.

There were over a hundred civilians hung by the neck outside of Deerland Park near lower Manhatten. The visual cut General George Washington deeply. He understood that causalities were an unavoidable part of the ugly business of war, but the hanging of innocent women and children unsettled his soul.

There was an old woman hanging lifeless in front of him. Shortly after that old woman's body ceased to swing like a pendulum from a leafless cherry tree, he thought, deep down that freedom had been doomed from the start. His temper had reached its peak, and he thought about revenge, but revenge simply had to wait.

“General, the hanging party was spotted camping out near the water wells to Long Island.”

Washington Paced.

“The Indians are keeping a watch on them until they hear from you.”

“They have them in clear sight?”

“Yes General.”

“How quickly can we get to them?”

“General, for food and shelter, the Indians are willing to slaughter the hanging party for us.”

“Really?”

“They'll bring back scalps as proof of the slaughter.”

General George Washington was delighted with the proposal and, together with his second in command, drafted a detailed letter to all camp commanders that the Indians were to receive food and shelter and treated with respect just through the end of the harsh winter of 1775 and 1776.

“I want the man who ordered the hangings alive,” said the General.


Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Britcone, the man who had ordered the hangings, suspected something was going to happen. The silence was too much and it registered in his brain. He ordered the British troops to destroy the orchards, of which, George Washington was so proud of, and to feed British fires and help build a fort. Wood from all over town, including shops, private structures, schools and even churches were also commandeered for this effort .




The the Indians attacked. The town was quickly descending into a simmering chaos. Over 200 enemy soldiers held a line to fight nearly 900 Indians. The slaughter was quick and Britcone stood in the center of town begging Loyalists to Freedom to protect him. But hope was rapidly evaporating. The people in that small town locked him out. Some even called to the Indians.

Then ten Indians on horse back rode toward Britcone. While captured soldiers were marched through the mist and then slaughtered away from the eyesight of the Loyalists.

“I'm worth more alive to you then dead,” quivered the lieutenant.

“Washington wishes to meet with you,” replied the Indian in broken English, but clear enough so Britcone could understand.

Relief washed over his face as he fell to his knees and almost thanked God above for General Washington. All he thought about was striking a deal with the Freedom Fighter.

A nearly full moon was rising over the eastern hills, and the damaged town was washed almost in an eerie golden haze.

“Take me to Washington, now!” he demanded.

An old Indian Chief walked over to the lieutenant and kissed his cold forehead. It was an odd gesture for Britcone, but the Indians on the horseback knew it was their sign of death.

© 2015 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much vocal-coach for visiting, bless you

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Frank - You are one of my favorite writers. Your stories leave me breathless...wanting more. History takes me back to a time of hardship, the fight for freedom and unbelievable horror. How grateful I am today for the courage and sacrifice these men and women displayed. And thank you Frank for bringing it all to life.

      Audrey

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much ps...:)

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      I felt as if I were there....I was compelled to read on...to see what was next.

      Superb.

      I know why I keep coming back.

      Angels are on the way to you, Frank. ps

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Lady for visiting..bless you

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Frank, Good Morning

      Awesome story and I love the ending bastard thought he was getting away he he he that was the kiss of death :) .

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Genna thanks for visiting and hope you had a very good Passover :) Frank

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Great story, and yet another genre (flash fiction in a historical context), where your writing talents truly shine. Well done!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      flourish thank you for leaving footprints on my pages today bless you girl :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Whoa! Frank, you kick butt and take names later when it comes to this genre. I love the twist at the end and your historical context is compelling.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Nell :)

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi, great story, and I was disappointed when I got to the end! lol! I wanted more! please? nell

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      sure send me details my friend.. I didn't read Jodah's version? hmmm yeah I did...

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Frank, Jodah and I recently worked together on a story called Dead Birds Everywhere. He wrote the first part, and I finished it. You commented on my part. John and I were wondering if you would be interested in the three of us doing this. We would have someone (billybuc??) choose a prompt and the order we would write in. I've called it a "chain story." You can email me from my profile/Fan Mail part of HP. Originally this was my idea and I thought of you and John. Let me know. Could be fun.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      LOL thanks MsDora, I think :)

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Different in a way, but still the same remarkable ending. Wish history books were as pleasant to read!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Cam..

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Great job, Frank. I love historical flash fiction, and you've done it well here.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Cat thank you.. :)

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello Frank. I really enjoyed this! If you do decide to develop it into a series, I will be anxious to read more.

      All the best, Cat:)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you cloak for checking out my flash :)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      im trying to develop it into a series hisfit thanks for reading

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      His-Fit 2 years ago

      I like the fiction angle to this George Washington, is it going to be mini series?

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      Stunning, fantastic, a wonderful historical read, very very enjoyable and really powerful writing, voted up, thanks, Lee

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Faith and Sara for sharing your comments on my 1775 piece :)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Eric and Jackie for stopping by bless you guys

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      Sara Sarwar Riaz 2 years ago from Michigan, USA

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading this piece of historical fiction. Another unique idea incorporated into powerful writing.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Frank ... I give you another Wow! This is an incredible write here with a trip back in history told so well. That last line is killer.

      You are publishing your best work here of late. You must have an amazing muse working overtime.

      I truly enjoyed reading this piece here and was taken in and felt apart of the story as if I was right there.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Bless you ... and keep these coming!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow, Frank, what are you doing? Whatever it is, I love it! Up and shared.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very well done. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Til for reading my little start :) bless you

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Oh Frank, you surprise us all the time! This was excellent. I mean no offense to anyone living now, but I live near Kingston, NY which was burned by the British.

      Interesting reading and the kiss of death was the icing on the cake.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Im always thanking you LOL for exploring my hubs :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      History brought forward, Frank's style! Good one..A kiss on the forehead, a kiss of death. I hope he gets what he deserves....

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you lions.. this will be a series.. I think

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      CJ Kelly 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Great idea for a story. Want more.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks Billybuc for your comment :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What would we call this.....an historical flash fiction? Whatever we call it, it is written well. :)