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George Washington
George Washington Seeks Justice For Veterans of the French and Indian War Who Had Served Under His Command Seeing great promise in the western lands and the future of the American West, he also pursues an interest in them for himself
12/09/1773. Washington’s involvement in the French and Indian War, in which he served as lieutenant colonel of the newly formed Virginia Regiment, was due in part to the backcountry knowledge and map-making skills he had gained from surveying. But by the time that war ended, he had made a name for himself. In 1753, before the war, he was chosen to deliver an ultimatum to the French at Fort Le Boeuf, insisting that they withdraw from the valley. When his report of this venture, “The Journal of Major George Washington”, was printed in Williamsburg and then reprinted in London, it catapulted him onto the world stage.The war broke out in 1754, and Virginia Governor Dinwiddie issued a proclamation designed to encourage enlistment in the local militia for the war against the French. In addition to their pay, those who enlisted in Lieutenant Colonel George Washington’s fledgling Virginia Regiment were offered a share in 200,000 acres west of the Ohio River. Unfortunately for these men, who would fight under Washington in the Braddock expedition in 1755 and the Forbes foray in 1758, both against the enemy at Fort Duquesne,, they were not to see these bounty lands until more than twenty years had passed, during which time Washington tirelessly led the struggle to secure their title and gain them possession of the land owed them for their service.In 1769, in response to Washington’s petition, the Virginia governor and council gave him permission to seek out a qualified surveyor and to notify all claimants that surveying would proceed. Once the surveying was completed the l … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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