George Washington’s Slaves

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SLAVES            He inherited his first humans when his father died.  Ten slaves.  He was eleven.  That was in 1743. And he wasn't living in Mt. Vernon then.  That would come later.  Mt. Vernon was his stepbrother's place.  He was living with his mother near Fredericksburg, near the geographic [...]

George Washington Went Back!

GEORGE WASHINGTON WENT BACK! What would you think if you were a hero and just 22?  And you know the truth of those others who died.  Died under your charge.  Under your command.  Like Jumonville under the hatchet, whose death led Washington to Fort Necessity. And then to even more misery and ignobility. "Assassinated!" That's what [...]

George Washington at 22

  GEORGE WASHINGTON AT TWENTY-TWO George Washington had returned to the Western Pennsylvania wilderness.  He was with forty of his men and a few Indian warriors of the Mingo Half-King, Tanacharison.  They were hiding on the bluffs surrounding thirty-five sleeping Frenchmen, one of whom might have been a French diplomat. It happened so fast.  Fifteen [...]

George Washington at Twenty-One

GEORGE WASHINGTON AT TWENTY-ONE Do you remember when you were twenty-one? When you thought you were so incredibly strong. You soon enough began to feel the power in your future begin to weaken, as you prepared yourself for the long run. George Washington of the monument was once twenty-one, and a provincial officer set to [...]

George Washington Before the War

GEORGE WASHINGTON BEFORE THE WAR Before that later, more famous war. The revolutionary one. I'm talking here about the earlier, less talked about war. The one not as well known. The"French and Indian War." James Fenimore Cooper wrote about it in "The Last of the Mohicans." You saw the movie. You remember Hawkeye. "No matter [...]