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Washington the Soldier

Washington the Soldier by Henry B. Carrington
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Henry B. Carrington reviews the military career of General George Washington, tracing his life and military ascendancy from the militias of Virginia to the victory over Cornwallis at Yorktown. He presents us with an in-depth discussion of what Washington accomplished against such great odds with “neither the troops, resources and knowledge, nor the broad range of field service which have characterized modern warfare”.

Washington became an adjutant for one of the four military districts in 1753, just before the French and Indian War. His performance as an inexperienced but fairly successful officer enhanced his standing with the English military organization. By the end of the war in 1758, Washington was a respected veteran with the ability to work with often skeptical and suspicious civilian authorities as well as the officious and arrogant British military leaders. Upset and rankled with the discrimination against colonial officers by the government in England, Washington left the army in 1758 to return to his estates and to marry Martha Custis. He became a leader in Virginia’s opposition to Great Britain’s increasingly onerous colonial policies. He was an inactive but stabilizing physical presence as a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congress and he assumed command of the Continental Army in June 1775 after a unanimous vote by the Congress.

In Washington, The Soldier, Carrington analyzes the military tactics Washington devised and employed with his often rag-tag army to engage the enemy forces. His ability to improvise gave him some of his greatest victories. His successes earned him admiration, respect, and praise to a degree unmatched by any other figure in American history.

Digital Scanning, Inc.; March 2001
476 pages; ISBN 9781582184258
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Title: Washington the Soldier
Author: Henry B. Carrington