The Military Career of George Washington Essay

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The Military Career of George Washington

Most people today think of George Washington as the first President of the United States. Perhaps they may remember that he was also the commanding general of the Continental Army. However, George Washington had much experience in the military before the Revolutionary War. Because of his experience, he was ideal for the responsibility of leading the new nation to victory over the British.

In 1752, George Washington was 20 years old. He had no military experience, but his brother Lawrence had served in the British militia and this motivated George to join up (George 74b). Before the Revolutionary War, George Washington actually worked for the British. He showed his natural leadership right
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This conflict with the French marked the beginning of the French and Indian War. This war was known in Europe as the Seven Years’ War.

It was this war that taught the young Washington many things that would help him in the war against Britain (Sellers and May 28).

When he was twenty two, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. When he was instructed to find recruits for a new fort, he found the colonists resentful because the British paid the British regulars more than they intended to pay the Americans. For the first time, George Washington didn’t think of himself as an Englishman.

When he was on his way with his way to occupy a new fort he learned that the French had occupied it already. He had 160 soldiers. They were poorly trained and supplied. He decided to move on to another French fort, Fort Duquesne. During this time, Washington experienced his first military action. He and his men captured 21 French prisoners and killed or wounded 11. Only one of his men was killed (George 74b).

Washington’s leadership and influence continued to develop. He was promoted to colonel. His men constructed a fort 60 miles south of Fort Duquesne. He named it Fort Necessity. Some Indians and British troops came as reinforcements. Washington had about 400 men but was very short on supplies, especially food. This was a situation that Washington had to deal with many times in the war for independence.

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