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Washington monument completed on this day

December 6, 2010

The monument to one of my favorite generals and founding fathers was completed on this day in 1884.

George Washington deserves all the accolades this country can give him.  His ability to keep a rag-tag, underpaid, underfed army together against the most professional in that time period is hard to fathom.  Through his tactical skill in secretive disengagement, he often left his counter-parts on the British side reeling after finding out he once again slipped the noose they had planned for him.

If one does not believe in the providence of our great nation of America, one only has to look at the skills and demeanor of George Washington.  He was the only man at the time who could accomplish what he did, bringing a fledgling, under-trained army against the might of the British empire, and succeeding against all odds.  I can think of no man, besides possibly Napoleon, who would have been capable of accomplishing such a feat.

His monument is befitting the man he was – tall, strong and unpresumptuous.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. JustFacts permalink
    December 6, 2010 12:30 pm

    What do you mean? Our kids are taught in school that he was just another rich, white, guy who manipulated the Constitution for his own greedy purposes. Surely you must be mistaken!!!

    What politician of today would turn down an offer to be Emporer for Life of the United States? Do you think our kids are taught that? Of course not. That would indicate that he had principles.

    On the other hand, he was a very humble man. We know, of course, that prior to the Revolutionary War, in participating in the French and Indian War and other Virginia militia actions, he was never involved in a successful military campaign. So, going into the Revolutionary War, he didn’t have a very good track record. Just goes to show you what you learn from on-the-job-training. Like bringing in “Baron” von Stueben to teach the Revolutionary Army discipline at Valley Forge.

    I certainly wish that our schools would go back to teaching about the “real” struggles of our fledgling government, and get away from all of the PC stuff.

    • December 6, 2010 1:42 pm

      He was mostly a scout and cartographer during the French and Indian war, but you are correct, he did lose a battle during his defense of some frontier fort I can’t remember the name of right now.

      And to be honest, he didn’t have much of a track record prior to the Battle of Princeton in the Revolutionary War – his skill and ability truly lie in his political ability to keep his army together despite overwhelming efforts both without and within to destroy his fledgling force. His tactical withdrawals are still taught in schools (of war), which I would argue it is much more difficult to accomplish – its much easier to say “damn the torpedoes” or pull a Lord Nelson and just charge head first towards the bad-guy. General Washington knew his strengths and weaknesses, and he picked his battles carefully, which is what an outgunned commander should do.

      • JustFacts permalink
        December 6, 2010 3:38 pm

        It was the battle of Ft. Necessity in Western Pennsylvania.

        And your point about him being a cartographer, etc. That is even a more telling thing, in that he didn’t even have a commission in the British Army. He didn’t have all that much military command history prior to becoming the Commander-in-Chief of the Colonial Army.

      • December 6, 2010 7:55 pm

        Yes, interesting point. In fact, almost none of his general’s (especially his command staff) had experience. Green was book trained in tactics, Knox was a great logistician but only showed his true spirit when he went to secure the guns at Ticonderoga, Arnold was a merchant mariner before becoming a commander. It truly was auspicious that we were blessed with such great men (Benedict Arnold was our most successful fighting general before he turned traitor) to see us through such difficult odds.

      • JustFacts permalink
        December 6, 2010 8:20 pm

        It really does speak for Divine Providence that Washington was selected to lead and was able to develop a cadre of commanders that were so effective. It is even more amazing when you understand how the cammand officers were often chosen. Strictly the landed gentry would establish a militia, and then go from there. No military training what-so-ever. Some were not good, and some were extra-ordinary. For instance, if Arnold hadn’t been married to the woman he was, he would have gone down in history as a military genious, rather than a hated traitor.

      • December 7, 2010 7:34 am

        I still feel Benedict Arnold was a military genius. For the first two years of the war, he was the only commander with victories on our side. It is a shame what he did.

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