Laidlaw, Marc. "His Powder'd Wig, His Crown of Thornes"
Divergence: 1780 CE
What if: After Benedict Arnold's betrayal of West Point, George Washington was captured, tortured and executed.
Summary: Two centuries later, an art curator stumbles upon AmerInds who regret their part in Washington's torture and have elevated him to a Christ figure.
Published: In Omni, September 1989; What Might Have Been? Volume 2: Alternate Heroes (eds. Gregory Benford and Martin H. Greenberg), q.v.; Omni Visions One (ed. Ellen Datlow), Omni 1993 (0874552982); and The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories (eds. Ian Watson and Ian Whates), q.v.