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George Washington Essay

2655 words - 11 pages

Casey Dring

Mrs. Farris

History 1 Cp period 2

17, March, 2010

George Washington: An American Hero

George Washington grew up with discipline and education from his father Augustine Washington. Some of the lessons George Washington was taught had a lot to do with The French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. George Washington’s upbringing contributed to his success in the military for the United States. He was a perfect candidate for the first president of the United States. He was considered an American hero from some of the people in the United States.

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In 1753, there was a rivalry going on between the French and the British over having control of the Ohio Valley. Because Washington was one of the four of Virginia’s military he got public notice by Gov. Robert Dinwiddie. This was a very dangerous mission that was approximately five hundred mile mission through the mountains of the Ohio Valley. Washington was dispatched by Dinwiddie on a mission to warn the French commander at Fort Le Boeuf of encroachment on territory claimed by the British because the French were building forts on the Ohio Valley.”I will do what is possible”, said George Washington to Dinwiddie ( Laurie Calkhoven An American Life 34). As Washington was traveling, he meet the “Half King”(Laurie Calkhoven An American Life 35) which is an Iroquois chief. He gave Washington the name Conotocarious (Town Talker). He convinced the Indian tribe to help him on his mission. The French did not obey the warning.

The travel back to Virginia for Washington was very dreadful. Meaning it was mid December, it was snowing. It was impossible to cross most of the rivers. The Horses could barely be ridden because their legs would sink into the snow and get cut from the ice chunks on the ground. Washington was in a hurry to tell the lieutenant governor that there could be a French attack. He and his Indian translator Christopher Gist moved along the trails thorough the weather. An Indian guide promised to lead Washington through a shortcut through the long trail but, there was no shortcut. Washington figured that there was a dead end and led the men back into the right direction. As they began to move the Indian that tried finding a shortcut ran in front of Washington and shot at him and missed. Washington stopped the Indian from shooting again. Gist wanted to kill him but George didn’t want to see the sight of a man getting killed. Washington took his gun and sent the man on his own. After the mission he was promoted to lieutenant colonel at 22 years of age because of his journey through the weather (Laurie Calkhoven An American Life 37). Dinwiddie made a record of the expedition that was called The Journal of George Washington. He was famous as soon the record was published.

On April of 1754, the French were building a fort at the Forks of Ohio (Paul Johnson The Founding Father 19). They sent eight hundred soldiers and four hundred Indians to take out Washington’s army. Washington and his men reacted quickly build a log stockade. He named it Fort Necessity which wasn’t large enough to hold all of George Washington’s men.

On July 3rd, 1754, the French attacked. Washington’s men were unprepared without protection. A heavy rain fall came into the battle field. The rain rushed into the fort and ruined the gun powder. “Hurry rush into the buildings!” said Washington to his men( An American Life, Laurie Calkhoven 39). This battle lasted for nine hours. Washington never wanted to surrender this battle but, one-third of...

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