Jonathan Edwards preached what has become the most famous sermon in American history.
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.
The revival broke out at Northampton. The town seemed to be full of the presence of God. The revival struck the hearts first of the young people and then their elders all over the town. The tavern was soon empty. People had done with their quarrels, backbiting, and meddling with other men's affairs.
George Whitefield had the greatest influence on America during the Great Awakening. After a fervent study of the bible, Whitefield accepted Christ and began to preach the gospel. He quickly became a powerful and popular preacher. Whitefield could effectively reach crowds of up to 20,000 people.
The best-known missionary to the Indians, David Brainerd, spread the gospel among the Indians of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, often at the risk of his own physical health. his ministry was practical as well as spiritual.
George Washington, a tall 21-year old Virginian. Washington belonged to a local militia unit of young men known as the Virginia Rangers who preserved law and order in the countryside and defended the frontier posts from possible Indian attack.
Before the French captured Fort Duquesne, Governor Dinwiddie sent Colonel Washington with a band of Virginia Rangers to man the fort. They arrived too late to save it, but in a daring night raid they surprised a group of French soldiers in the woods outside the captured fort. Here Colonel Washington and his Virginia Rangers fought the first battle in the French and Indian war.