I picked up a new book on a whim from a Christian bookstore: The Portable Patriot. It has a nice collection of various letters, speeches, and documents that illuminate American history. The following struck me as the Sheepdog story set in 1755. RELIGION AND PATROTISM, The Constituents of a Good SOLDIER. A SERMON Preached to Captain Overton's Independent Company of Volunteers, raised in Hanover County, Virginia, August 17, 1755 by Samuel Davies, A.M. Minister of the Gospel there. http://openlibrary.org/books/OL6621008M ... od_soldier Later in the pamphlet, he refers to an instance of "some Sparks of this Martial Fire" with a footnote: George Washington was famous before he got famous.