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George Washington
General George Washington at Valley Forge: Keep a "strict watch" Out For the Enemy, "and you may perhaps repay them" He illustrates his leadership qualities, insisting on remaining alert and observant, with an emphasis on action He illustrates his leadership qualities, insisting on remaining alert and observant, with an emphasis on action
03/05/1778. “You may depend that this will ever be the consequence of permitting yourself to be surprised…It is not improbable that the Enemy, flushed with their success, will soon be out again…‬ĚThis is just the fourth letter of Washington at Valley Forge that we have carried in all our 30 yearsGeneral George Washington did not have a passive strategy for winning the American Revolution, nor was he simply biding his time hoping to wear out the British. The truth is that he believed in, and was most comfortable with, pursuing an aggressive strategy against the British whenever he could. In 1775, he supported the invasion of Canada, attempting to find in the French Canadians allies in the struggle who might open up a second front. This was not successful, but it did not deter Washington’s taste for taking the initiative. After the loss of New York in 1776, he planned and executed the high-risk - and successful - maneuver of crossing the Delaware River on Christmas Eve to attack the Hession garrison at Trenton. When the British came down from New York to contest his position near Princeton in January 1777, Washington engaged them, then pretended to withdraw, and instead circled around to attack them. The American cause tasted victory.But in September and October of 1777, Washington suffered serious reverses in Pennsylvania at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown; the British then occupied Philadelphia, driving away the Congress. By November, the Americans were encamped around Whitemarsh, 12 miles from Philadelphia. Washington’s inclination was still to attack … [Click Below for Full Description]
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