Peter Francisco Quotes
Peter Francisco , known variously as the "Virginia Giant" or the "Giant of the Revolution" , was a hero of the American Revolution. The cover page of a 2006 issue of Military History asked a rhetorical question which suggested he may have been the greatest soldier in American History. George Washington once said that Francisco's prowess directly enabled American victories in two battles, and went on to state the war may have even been lost without Francisco's participation.
Francisco's origins are shrouded in mystery. According to the traditional version of his biography, he was found, crying, on the docks at City Point, Virginia, one afternoon in 1765. When he had calmed down enough to talk, it was discovered that he spoke a language that sounded like Spanish, but was not. . His clothing was a good quality and he called himself Pedro Francisco. It is believed he was born in what is now Brazil sometime around 1760. Eventually, he was able to tell his story; he told of being in a "beautiful place with palm trees," playing with his little sister, when two large men seized them both. The sister was able to break free, but Peter was not, and he was put on a large ship that eventually brought him to City Point. It is possible that the children were intended to be held for ransom.