For the first time, French and American soldiers participated in joint maneuvers, surmounting language barriers with visual signals or universal commands. The two commanders created detailed surveys of the surrounding territory, evaluating strategies for invading the British stronghold on York (Manhattan) Island. George Washington corresponded with leaders of the Continental Congress and governors of the various states, imploring them to provide better support in the form of funds, supplies, and additional recruits.
This day-to-day view of Washington as he devised the strategy that led to America's victory, offers a rare insight into the mind of the man Americans chose as their commander in chief.
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