GEORGE WASHINGTON; Vol. 5 by Douglas Southall Freeman


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This is the most interesting volume of the series, though it deals with many times told material covering the years of war between 1778, when- with Valley Forge behind him, Washington received definite news of the French alliance- and the end of war in 1783, and return- for good he hoped- to civilian life. They were years of postponed hope and disillusion and heartbreak. There was almost continual financial crisis, there was mutiny, there was treason- Charles Lee at Monmouth, Arnold at West Point, and lesser instances throughout. There was constant hope that the French fleet was at hand- and constant disappointment when accidents of storm and threat of British intervention sent it away from these shores. There were problems of administration, of securing men and supplies. And, despite the small scale warfare, there was much worth study for those interested in military history in the pattern of battle. Rochambeau- Henry Lee- Greene, and others, grow in stature. Washington emerges- a whole man, human, violent and uncontrolled of temper at times, but with integrity, vision, patience, an unfailing sense of justice. Primarily military in substance, this has much of human interest and incident.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1952
Publisher: Scribner