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When George Washington Became Great
City Journal ^ | Myron Magnet

Posted on 02/20/2012 7:07:34 AM PST by yinandyang

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Washington had made every mistake in the book in the New York campaign. He had misread the enemy’s intentions; he had divided his forces in the face of superior numbers; he had provided no cavalry; he had hesitated almost fatally to get his army out of Manhattan once he grasped the folly of keeping it there; he had allowed Greene to persuade him against his better judgment to keep men in Fort Washington; he had allowed a wealth of precious tents, flour, ordnance, and ammunition at Forts Washington and Lee to fall into enemy hands. And now, on December 17, he had two weeks before the enlistments for most of the rest of his army expired.

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“These are the times that try men’s souls,” Paine passionately proclaimed, telling his exhausted fellow troopers just what they hungered to hear. “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Let’s not talk about “peace in my day” but think instead that, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

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“The achievements of Washington and his little band of compatriots between the 25th of December and the 4th of January, a space of 10 days,” pronounced one of the era’s foremost generals, Frederick the Great, “were the most brilliant of any recorded in the annals of military achievements.”

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: england; georgewashington; godsgravesglyphs; presidents; washington
A bit long, but great for history buffs, and appropriate for President's Day. Particularly interesting is Paine's soliloquy - "if there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace". Can't find folks like that anymore.
1 posted on 02/20/2012 7:07:40 AM PST by yinandyang
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2 posted on 02/20/2012 7:10:55 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: yinandyang

bfl


3 posted on 02/20/2012 7:13:47 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Expel the Occupy White House squatters !!!)
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To: yinandyang

Marking...


4 posted on 02/20/2012 7:14:51 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: musicman

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5 posted on 02/20/2012 7:14:55 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: yinandyang; indcons; Chani; thefactor; blam; aculeus; ELS; Doctor Raoul; mainepatsfan; timpad; ...
Thanks much for the post, yinandyang...a terrific summary of a key part of the RevWar; plus, Magnet presents a few new (to me) facts.

The RevWar/Colonial History/ General Washington ping list...

6 posted on 02/20/2012 7:25:39 AM PST by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: yinandyang

**** “if there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace”. Can’t find folks like that anymore. ****

Agreed. I don’t know if I didn’t pay attention because I was a rowdy kid, or that schools didn’t emphasize enough, but the true nature of the founders is just amazing. Men of position and power who risked it all for principle.

Washington wasn’t flawless, but from what I’ve seen and read in my adult years, he did have fine qualities. He was courageous, learned quickly, and was a leader. Washington wasn’t schooled as a tactician, but he did learn on the job, and we likely wouldn’t be the USA without him.

Moving forward in time, it is ironic that the greatest generation is directly responsible for the worst generation. My parent’s generation, the ones who were raised during the depression, and fought World War II, raised the hippies. The hippies are the poison pill. They have killed America. The country is dying, and the hippies have their hands around her throat.

I can’t put into words my sadness... and yes, despair, over what has become of America, and Americans. I thank God that I likely won’t be around to witness the worst of it.


7 posted on 02/20/2012 7:26:57 AM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: don-o; musicman

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8 posted on 02/20/2012 7:31:03 AM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: yinandyang
I personally think that the day Washington became truly great was at the end of His second term when He willingly and freely left the office of president. He set a precedent for the peaceful, ordered succession of Constitutional government.

CC

9 posted on 02/20/2012 7:36:01 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from a lack of wisdom.)
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To: yinandyang; Pharmboy

Adding pharmboy...


10 posted on 02/20/2012 7:36:44 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: yinandyang
“The achievements of Washington and his little band of compatriots between the 25th of December and the 4th of January, a space of 10 days,” pronounced one of the era’s foremost generals, Frederick the Great, “were the most brilliant of any recorded in the annals of military achievements.”

Now that is what I call an endorsement. I wonder if His Excellency heard that.

11 posted on 02/20/2012 7:36:52 AM PST by C19fan
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To: Pharmboy

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Thanks Pharmboy.

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To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


12 posted on 02/20/2012 7:39:03 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: C19fan
He may have...it apparently wasn't the only nice thing FtG said about him:

What had to have been the most elegant sword used by the General is now exhibited at the New York State Library in Albany. This sword is reputed to be the sword sent to Washington in 1780 by Frederick the Great with a verbal message: “From the oldest General in the World to the Greatest”.

13 posted on 02/20/2012 7:45:12 AM PST by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: yinandyang

You, Sir, are correct in that it is a long read. But I attest that it is well worth the time and effort to be humbled by what our ancestors suffered to give us the greatest form of government to ever exist on the Earth. My only regret is that we Americans today are pissing away their hard won victory by allowing our current elected “officials” to run roughshod over We the People. I strongly believe Thomas Jefferson was correct when he stated,

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”


14 posted on 02/20/2012 7:53:43 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: brownsfan

Your legacy should be to teach as many people as you can what it means to be an American. It must be done before everyone who remembers is gone.


15 posted on 02/20/2012 8:32:03 AM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: yinandyang

mark


16 posted on 02/20/2012 8:35:00 AM PST by JDoutrider
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To: Celtic Conservative

Celt,

Agreed! Don’t forget, though, his famous “Farewell to his Lieutenants” at Fraunce’s Tavern.

Oldplayer

Of course the Puerto Rican terrorists who murded several with their brief case bomb in the 70’s were pardoned by Clinton on his last day in office. But, that’s an entirely different story. . ..


17 posted on 02/20/2012 8:48:16 AM PST by oldplayer
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To: yinandyang
Great post, thanks!

“Our only dependance now, is upon the Speedy Inlistment of a New Army,” he wrote Lund Washington, his cousin and trusted manager at Mount Vernon; “if this fails us, I think the game will be pretty well up, as from disaffection, and want of spirit & fortitude, the Inhabitants instead of resistance, are offering Submission, and taking protections from Genl Howe in Jersey.”

And now came one of history’s miraculous turning points, in which a handful of men transformed failure into triumph.

How similar is our situation! If the socialists continue winning, the choice for most Americans will be to submit to it, or else they and their families will suffer. They are for liberty, but will give in to tyranny, once it is clear that tyranny is going to triumph. We need to pull off a clear victory against tyranny, and then begin the long war to defeat it. We are close to the same point that Washington was at in December 1776. I sure hope we can pull off the same miracle and preserve what he and his countrymen created.

18 posted on 02/20/2012 1:24:07 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Celtic Conservative

Actually it happened before that. When he surrendered his commission at Annapolis in 1783. (Our governor McKeldin wrote a tiny little book on this called “Washington Bowed”, of which I have a copy.)


20 posted on 02/20/2012 5:37:04 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Pharmboy

I read this article earlier. Deserves wide readership!


21 posted on 02/22/2012 12:44:32 PM PST by aculeus
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To: yinandyang

BTTT!


22 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:13 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: yinandyang
Probably the best biography written about Washington is by James Flexner: Washington: The Indispensable man. Flexner wrote an encyclopedic four volume biography but recognized the need for an accessible one volume work. He emphasized that the one volume work is not simply a cut and paste of the larger work, but was written more or less de novo to capture the essence without sacrificing integrity.

I recommend it highly for anyone who actually wants to learn about this remarkable man. "The Father of his Country" is not an exaggeration.

23 posted on 02/23/2012 1:34:05 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

I remember having a text-book in college written by Flexner! The miniseries in the 80s on George Washington was based in large part on that book and book series. At the end of the show, actor Barry Bostwick (played Washington) sat down at a table w/the book series, along w/other books and papers, and spoke of how the series was based on those Flexner books. There were some other books and papers from The Library of Congress, that were used for references as well.

I remember digging in the store-room in our house; trying to find the book (condensed form of book series) and finding it! I’d hoped somehow, that book was still around, and sure enough, it was! Thankfully, I hadn’t sold it along with some of my other books!


24 posted on 02/23/2012 8:22:57 PM PST by dsutah
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