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The Resource George Washington's first war : his early military adventures, David A. Clary

George Washington's first war : his early military adventures, David A. Clary

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George Washington's first war : his early military adventures
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George Washington's first war
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his early military adventures
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David A. Clary
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George Washingtons first war
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his early military adventures
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  • What Washington, who secured his first military appointment at 21, lacked in experience he made up for in ambition. Governed from afar by colonial elites, mid-18th-century Virginia was "no more ready to conduct military campaigns" than Washington himself. Yet one of the untested officer's first assignments was to confront French traders over their claim to Ohio River Valley land. Some deemed it "extraordinary," he would reflect, "that so young and inexperienced a person should have been employed on a negotiation with which subjects of the greatest importance were involved." In well over his head, Washington got his diplomatic party into a messy military skirmish that fueled the start of the Seven Year's War. Despite this, an appetite for adventure won Washington an opportunity to return to the wilderness (where on his second assignment he and his men surrendered to the French after becoming trapped). Clary expertly chronicles how Washington navigated command layers and adapted—or failed to adapt—to the wild American terrain, revealing that these early military failures shaped Washington to become a versatile commander, capable of leading not only a revolution, but a country. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed February 28, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 09, p)
  • (The following is a combined review for GEORGE WASHINGTON&#39 and S FIRST WAR)A popular historian unblinkingly assesses the military exploits of the young George Washington. By 1759, Washington, as the newly appointed major of the Virginia militia, had already acted as the governor's emissary to the Ohio Country, delivering an ultimatum to French traders; presided over a confused and bloody incident at Jumonville Glen that ignited a global war; suffered a humiliating defeat, surrendering Fort Necessity to the French; and distinguished himself as "the hero of the Monongahela" for organizing the retreat of the slain Gen. Edward Braddock's army, an unprecedented disaster for the British military. As the Virginia Regiment's commander in chief, he was also charged with protecting the colony's frontier as the French and Indian War proceeded, and he had played a tangential role in the "conquest" of Fort Duquesne, resigning his commission afterward to marry Virginia's richest widow and assume a seat in the House of Burgesses. He was 26 years old. Clary (Eagles and Empire: The United States, Mexico, and the Struggle for a Continent, 2009, etc.) convincingly demonstrates that in this first, crowded chapter of his military career, the boy colonel was overmatched. Given delicate responsibilities and little guidance by superiors who should have known better, Washington responded energetically, eager to prove himself. Ferociously ambitious, he lobbied for rank and angled for positions he had no business filling. Whether as surveyor, planter or military man, Washington, for the most part, educated himself. Out of this peculiar isolation and youthful insecurity, he tended to bend the truth, to evade or shift responsibility and to criticize superiors. Obsessed with honor, he fretted about public opinion, afraid of being blamed for failure. Clary ascribes these failings not to incompetence, but rather to youth. Fortunately for his country, a seasoned General Washington learned from his adolescent mistakes. A sharp, warts-and-all portrait of the soldier as a young man.(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2010)
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Clary, David A
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973.2/6
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E312.23
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.C53 2011
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  • Washington, George
  • Washington's Expedition to the Ohio, 1st, 1753-1754
  • Washington's Expedition to the Ohio, 2nd, 1754
  • Fort Necessity, Battle of, Pa., 1754
  • Braddock's Campaign, 1755
  • Forbes Expedition against Fort Duquesne, Pa., 1758
  • United States
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his early military adventures
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George Washington's first war : his early military adventures, David A. Clary
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George Washington's first war : his early military adventures, David A. Clary
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First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition.
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2010046455
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