George Washington And The Revolutionary War

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I was glad to hear you made it back to your home safely. After you left, I reflected back on our conversations about George Washington and the Revolutionary War. Thanks to you and your quest for knowledge, I have done research on the great general and am happy to pass along my findings to you. Leading up to the Revolutionary War the colonists were thriving in America. Tobacco was a major export, and America was making a name on its own globally. There was growing resentment toward Great Britain over taxes and lack of representation for the colonists. “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”(1) This is the memorial to George Washington by the U.S. Congress at the time of his death. These words were to…show more content…
(2) After years of military service, Washington became a good field general, but his understanding of the political and economic issues related to military power was equally important. He knew his army’s success was dependent on the support of the government. He faced shortages of men, weapons, and other supplies. His troops would go for long periods without pay. Washington followed congress’s will without defying them, and did not use his popularity to gain the people’s support when congress didn’t vote his way. He was challenged with maintaining his troops’ loyalty to him, the civilian authority, and the rule of law. During the Revolutionary War, Washington had to deal with mutinies by his troops, ignore suggestions that he become king, and to stop officers from overthrowing or abandoning the civil authorities. Washington’s ability to handle the challenges off the battlefield made the defeat of the British possible. (2) Another leadership skill was his good understanding of the geographic factors affecting the use of military power. He was aware of the surroundings and did not let his troops get backed into a corner with no way to retreat. (2) He was also aware of his troops’ inability to protect specific locations and cities against superior British forces. He began using mobile posts that were less vulnerable and more effective. Washington also understood the important role of the naval power along the
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