George Washington Remembers: Reflections on the French and Indian War

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Late in 1787, George Washington wrote a rare autobiographical account of his service in the French and Indian War. He related his experiences in a compelling eleven-page narrative that includes a vivid account of Braddock's defeat in 1755 and a description of a friendly-fire incident in 1758 that "involved the life of GW in as much jeopardy as it had ever been before or since." George Washington Remembers makes this very personal and little-known document available for the first time and offers a glimpse of ...
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Late in 1787, George Washington wrote a rare autobiographical account of his service in the French and Indian War. He related his experiences in a compelling eleven-page narrative that includes a vivid account of Braddock's defeat in 1755 and a description of a friendly-fire incident in 1758 that "involved the life of GW in as much jeopardy as it had ever been before or since." George Washington Remembers makes this very personal and little-known document available for the first time and offers a glimpse of Washington in a self-reflective mood -- a side of the man seldom seen in his other writings. The facsimile reproduction of Washington's "Remarks" is accompanied by an annotated transcript and original essays that place the work in the context of the French and Indian War and Washington's life. Lavishly illustrated, this remarkable book is essential for all interested in George Washington and our nation's founding period.
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The Journal Of America's Military Past
George Washington left the only known account of his life intended for his biographer, trusted friend, and former aide-de-camp, Lt. Col. David Humphreys. It concerned his French and Indian War experiences. . . . New insights are to be found in this concise but well-written study by six Washington scholars and conservation experts. . . .This monograph will appeal to readers interested in the life of George Washington and the French and Indian War.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
We most often think of the mature George Washington, our nation's first President, and forget that he had to grow into the role. This volume allows us a glimpse of the young Washington, in his own words, serving a dangerous apprenticeship as a soldier in the French and Indian War. The hard lessons he learned helped him to become the indispensable leader of the Revolutionary United States. It is a portrait of a great man, reflecting on his past and its possible meanings.
John E. Ferling
Those who are interested in George Washington and Early American history will find this remarkable book to be indispensable. George Washington Remembers draws on the only autobiographical account left by Washington, a brief statement in which he describes his military service during the Seven Years' War. Washington's account is of crucial importance to those who wish to understand this complex man, as it opens a rare window onto his views and psyche, and how he saw his role as a soldier for Virginia. Readers will also be treated to thoughtful essays by distinguished historians who interpret Washington, his times, and his autobiographical remarks. This book is a rare treat and a must-read for those who wish to understand George Washington.
Roger Mudd
To have George Washington's first-person account of his role in the French and Indian War is, indeed, a red letter day for American history. Given how rarely Washington wrote about himself, this document is a major addition to our nation's archives. But remember, however lacking his performance might have been that day in July 1754, he was only twenty-two years old.
John S. D. Eisenhower
As one of the millions of Washington's admirers, I was thrilled to read his own personal account of the great events of 1754–1758. By the age of twenty-six Washington had already made an impact on history. His recollections of those events, recorded at the end of the American Revolution, are remarkable.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
We most often think of the mature George Washington, our nation's first President, and forget that he had to grow into the role. This volume allows us a glimpse of the young Washington, in his own words, serving a dangerous apprenticeship as a soldier in the French and Indian War. The hard lessons he learned helped him to become the indispensable leader of the Revolutionary United States. It is a portrait of a great man, reflecting on his past and its possible meanings.
Sunday Pittsburgh Tribune
A book of essays centered on Washington's never-before completely published account of his early life and of his role in the French and Indian War.
Joseph J. Ellis
Here we have the only known personal memoir Washington ever wrote. Moreover, it represents his attempt to recall those early years before his reputation had hardened into a marble statue, when he was still a visibly ambitious young man with rough edges and discernible doubts about his future.
Post and Courier
George Washington Remembers not only gives insight into the great man himself, but also enlightens the reader on the methods of modern historical study and presentation.
New England Antiques Journal
George Washington Remembers presents for the first time in print this extraordinary account that offers a very personal glimpse of a self-reflective leader seldom seen in Washington's other writings.
Antiques and The Arts Weekly
The book offers a reproduction of the entire manuscript 'Remarks,' as well as original essays by top Washington scholars.
History Teacher
George Washington left the only known account of his life intended for his biographer, trusted friend, and former aide-de-camp, Lt. Col. David Humphreys. It concerned his French and Indian War experiences. . . . New insights are to be found in this concise but well-written study by six Washington scholars and conservation experts. . . .This monograph will appeal to readers interested in the life of George Washington and the French and Indian War.
Western Pennsylvania History
This volume provides a unique look at the French and Indian war through the words of George Washington.
Antiques & The Arts Weekly
The book offers a reproduction of the entire manuscript 'Remarks,' as well as original essays by top Washington scholars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742533721
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 12.43 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Anderson is professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the award winning author of Crucible of War: The Seven Years War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754–1766 and A People's Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and the Society in the Seven Years' War. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

French & Indian War 250, Inc. is a group representing the primary sites associated with the French and Indian War. Its members seek to raise awareness of the war and its significance to our region and nation.

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Table of Contents

Frontispiece: Charles Willson Peale's 1772 Portrait of George Washington
Foreword
Introduction
Note to the Reader
Pt. I George Washington's "Remarks" 3
Transcription and Annotation 15
Pt. II Charles Willson Peale's 1787 Portrait of George Washington 66
1 Young Washington: Ambition, Accomplishment, and Acclaim 67
2 Biography and Autobiography: Washington's "Remarks" in Context 89
3 "Just as They Occurred to the Memory, They Were Committed": Speculations on George Washington's Autobiographical "Remarks" of 1787 109
App. 1 The Manuscript as Object: Its Materials and Conservation 143
App. 2 Historic Sites Mentioned in George Washington's "Remarks" 161
Author Biographies 169
Acknowledgments 171
Index 173
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2004

    A Rare Treat

    By any reasonable standards of fairness, this beautiful book is a rare treat for serious students of both George Washington's younger years and the French and Indian War.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    A Lukewarm account

    This book was supposed to be about the unknown manuscripts of George Washington.In reality,it is a rehash of what we already knew.It is diffacult to know when George Washington is speaking or the author.Very unclear.

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