Washington and the Revolutonary War

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Although it is a well-known fact that George Washington was the first president of the United States of America, it is less commonly thought about Washington led a new continent striving for independence through its struggle. As Shogan said in her article Washington, George, ”On June 15, 1775, the Continental Congress named George Washington the commander in chief of the Revolutionary army. Although Washington was not a military genius, his strategy during the war proved effective. Acutely aware that an outright defeat of the British was unlikely, Washington persistently harassed the enemy and relied upon surprise attacks and skillful retreats to win the war.”
Washington first got military experience when his brother Lawrence passed away. He became a district adjutant, or a military officer who is an assistant to a senior officer, and that also meant that he would train the soldiers of the local militia. When the French and Indian War began in 1754, Washington served under General Braddock. This was where his courage shone through, and he was named commander in chief of the Virginia militia. Washington had his work cut out for him, because the militia was made up of common folk who for the most part, barely even knew how to load a musket. Luckily, Washington was not training them how to line up like how the British did. Although he did not favor this tactic, he used a new type of approach to the war which was “ungentlemanly” in the eyes of the British. This method called guerilla warfare is similar to how wars are fought today. The British wanted the war to be fought like “gentlemen”, but what’s so polite about killing another human being?
Washington was nominated for commander in chief by John Adams. Many colonists were surpri...

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