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I have no object in view…

George Washington Future President Kunstler

Welcome to LeHewtown, Col. Washington (Winter 1755) by Mort Kunstler

“I have no object in view incompatible with the constitution, and the obvious interests of this country.” George Washington

Historical Information
Twenty years before being appointed as a full General and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, George Washington was a lieutenant colonel and eventually commander of the Virginia Regiment. As the French and Indian War raged on, George Washington spent a great deal of time along the western frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He hoped that the war might provide an opportunity to expand trade and agriculture westward, and looked to ensure profit to Virginia and himself. Washington also chose the Virginia frontier as the best ground for concentrating and training a new force called the Virginia Regiment. At places like Fort Cumberland, Maryland and LeHewtown (later Front Royal), Virginia, Washington posted his troops to defend the frontier against Indian raids and worked to meld them into fighting outfit worthy of comparison with the best the British Empire had to offer. His goal was not just to earn honor for himself (and possibly a royal commission), but to prove that Americans could do anything the British could do – and possibly better.

In time, the British admitted that Washington’s Virginians were a “fine body of men,” and consented to their full and honorable participation in the conflict. Washington’s careful attention to the needs of his troops earned him their complete devotion. When he resigned to marry Martha Custis in 1759, his officers wrote him a heartfelt address, praising his conduct as their leader and wishing him the best in domestic life. “Your approbation of my conduct, during my command of the Virginia Troops,” Washington replied, “I must esteem an honor that will constitute the greatest happiness of my life, and afford in my latest hours the most pleasing reflections. I had nothing to boast, but a steady honesty – this I made the invariable rule of my actions; and I find my reward in it.” He could not then imagine the greater responsibilities, plaudits, and awards that would follow before he reached his “latest hours.”


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Posted by on February 18, 2018 in Character



It is with pleasure…

Mort Kunstler Winds of Change

Winds of Change by Mort Kunstler – Washington at Valley Forge, March 4, 1778

“It is with pleasure I receive reproof, when reproof is due, because no person can be readier to accuse me, than I am to acknowledge an error, when I am guilty of one; nor more desirous of atoning for a crime, when I am sensible of having committed it.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s letter to Governor Dinwiddie, Aug. 27, 1757

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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Character, Letters


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To see men without…

"The March to Valley Forge" by William Trego

“To see men without clothes to cover their nakedness—without blankets to lay on—without shoes, by which their marches might be traced by the blood from their feet—and almost as often without provisions as with; Marching through frost and snow, and at Christmas taking up their winter quarters within a days march of the enemy, without a house or hut to cover them till they could be built and submitting to it without a murmur, is a mark of patience and obedience which in my opinion can scarce be paralleled.” George Washington

Read: The Winter at Valley Forge, George Washington’s Letter to John Banister

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Character, Letters


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Your love of liberty…

The American Volunteer by Henry E. Kidd

“Your love of liberty, your respect for the laws, your habits of industry, and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness, and they will, I trust, be firmly and lastingly established.” George Washington

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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in Character


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To persevere…

Battle of Brooklyn by Alonzo Chappel

“To persevere in one’s duty and be silent, is the best answer to calumny.” George Washington

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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Character


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Remember that it is the actions…

Battle of Eutaw Springs 1781 by Don Troiani

“Remember that it is the actions, and not the commission, that make the officer, and that there is more expected from him, than the title.” George Washington

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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Character


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Our conflict is not likely to cease…

USS Bonhomme Richard and HMS Serapis by Anton Otto Fischer

“Our conflict is not likely to cease so soon as every good man would wish.” George Washington

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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Character


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