George Washington's First War by David A. Clary
His Early Military Adventures

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Renowned historian David A. Clary studies George Washington’s early military career as a young colonel during the French and Indian War, and how those campaigns influenced his leadership and strategy as a general during the Revolutionary War and as the first president of the newly-formed United States of America.
 

About David A. Clary

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David A. Clary is the author of Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution; Rocket Man; and most recently Eagles and Empire: The United States, Mexico, and the Struggle for a Continent. Clary is the former Chief Historian of the U. S. Forest Service, has taught history at the university level, and lives in Roswell, New Mexico, with his wife, Beatriz.
 
Published January 11, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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By 1759, Washington, as the newly appointed major of the Virginia militia, had already acted as the governor’s emissary to the Ohio Country, delivering an ultimatum to French traders;

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Clary's "George Washington's First War" presents a detailed narrative of the "Jumonville Massacre" and the rest of Washington's service.

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A callow youngster's thirst for honor triggered the Seven Years' War.

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Christian Science Monitor

3 intriguing memoirs for early 2011 National Book Awards: the 2011 fiction nominees 15 best nonfiction books of 2011: CSMonitor picks View all lists

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Christian Science Monitor

His one minor victory was marred when an Indian ally murdered a wounded French officer who had surrendered and was under Washington’s protection – an incident that would escalate the undeclared war over who controlled the Ohio territory.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

To Clary, Washington’s “adolescent outlook” explains “his tendency to shade the truth and pass responsibility for failure on to others.” When Washington writes a letter to a superior, Clary calls it “snarky” or “screechy.” Twenty years after Braddock’s Defeat, Washington appeared in uniform befor...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Brought to dramatic life are Washington’s harrowing wintertime journey into the wilderness to order the French to leave the territory, the Jumonville Massacre, his bloody defeat at Fort Necessity, his heroism at the Battle of the Monongahela (Braddock’s Defeat), his years of frustration commandin...

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HistoryNet

Clary accuses Washington of demanding too much of his junior officers, citing his quarrel with Alexander Hamilton in 1781—a dispute that Hamilton invented to force Washington to give him command of a line regiment.

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