How did General George Washington come to face death in 1777, and how did he eventually escape with his life?

Answer: While on reconnaissance, an unarmed Washington came across a British soldier, Captain Patrick Ferguson, in possession of a highly advanced breach-loading rifle. Ferguson called on the man to surrender, to which Washington wheeled his horse and galloped away. Ferguson took aim, had Washington in his sights, and then lowered his gun. He could not bring himself to shoot an unarmed enemy in the back.

Source: What If? by Robert Cowley

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