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George Washington's First War

George Washington's First War

His Early Military Adventures

Renowned historian David A. Clary studies George Washington’s early military career as a young colonel during the French and Indian War, and how those campaigns influenced his leadership and strategy as a general during the Revolutionary War and as the first president of the newly-formed United States of America.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 384 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439181126 | 
  • January 2011
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PROLOGUE

PICKAWILLANY
(June 21, 1752)


Cry Havoc! and let slip the dogs of war.

—WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

The river gurgled. The only other sounds came from the rustle of leaves, the chattering of squirrels, the mating calls of birds, and the occasional barking of dogs. The men crept silently in small groups through the towering forest until they nearly surrounded the town, a collection of pole-and-bark wigwams and log huts and the Pennsylvania traders’ stockaded storehouse. The silent figures carried muskets and tomahawks, with ammunition and scalping knives on cords slung from their... see more

About the Author

David A. Clary
(c) Jack Rodden

David A. Clary

David A. Clary is the author of Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution;Rocket Man; and most recently Eagles and Empire: The United States, Mexico, and the Struggle for a Continent. Clary is the former Chief Historian of the U. S. Forest Service, has taught history at the university level, and lives in Roswell, New Mexico, with his wife, Beatriz.

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