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Date posted: December 29th 2016

Book Title: Washington - A Life (Part 2, pictures)

Portraits of some of the Generals under George Washington.
At the top, George Washington (age 40) is wearing his old uniform from the French and Indian War.

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  1. Notice that this is the same face that we saw in an earlier painting after the Fortification of the Dorchester Heights. Is also the same painter. Copy‑paste much?

A map of boston back then. Washington’s headquarters were located in Cambridge and the British were all in Boston.
To the South we have Dorchester Heights, a place that will become important later

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Somewhat of a sad-looking Washington despite his first (casualty‑free) victory.
This was painted in 1803 (many years after the war)—which is why he looks so old—I guess people already remembered him as the old dude that still comes to our minds when we hear Washington. Hopefully after you read this your image will change.

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Washington’s position before the Battle of Long Island

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The Battle of Long Island, where the British outnumbered and outsmarted the Continental Army.

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Retreat!

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Retreating to manhattan in the middle of the night.

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The landing at Kip’s Bay

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The locations of Ft. Washington in North Manhattan and Ft. Lee across the river on the New Jersey side.

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Retreat to Philadelphia.

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One of the coolest paintings and best moments of the American Revolution. Washington Crossing the Delaware back to New Jersey to attack the British encampment in Trenton.

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On the left, the badass‑looking “George Washington at the Battle of Princeton” by Charles Willson Peale.
On the right The not‑so badass‑looking “George Washington” by Gilbert Stuart. 1

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A ten dollar bill showing Alexander Hamilton’s portrait based on an 1805 portrait by John Trumbull.

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The Marquis De LaFayette as a Lieutenant General, 1791. Portrait by Gilbert Motier.

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The British landing at Chesapeake bay and moving up towards Philadelphia, intercepted at Brandywine.

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The battle of Brandywine.

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Three scenarios of how the ‘Rebel Spirit’ chart could go.

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The events and their moral impact up to the battle of Brandywine.

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Thomas Conway (left) and Thomas Mifflin (right). We have already met the other two involved in the Conway Cabal, Gates and Lee.

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Three new events added. Germantown, the winter of 1777, and the Conway Cabal. This whole time the Rebel Spirit was dwindling and falling dangerously low. The discontent was finally manifested in the Conway Cabal.

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Baron von Stuben

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The British retreated to New York after the French announced their alliance. Washington didn’t waste time and chased them up New Jersey, catching up to them in Monmouth.

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Five new events added. After the French alliance there was a period of relative boredom for Washington in the North. The boredom was interrupted by the Capture of Stony Point by Mad Anthony.

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“Mad” Anthony Wayne

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Capture of Stony point by Mad Anthony.

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One winter and two terrible losses added to the chart.

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Benedict Arnold

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The location of West Point, a fort that Arnold Benedict was about to hand over to the British.

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Three events and one winter added. Mad Anthony to the rescue!

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Two important victories in the South by General Greene.

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Three victories added including Yorktown (which we will talk about in the next page), this was the battle that changed everything.

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Marshal Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (left), commander-in-chief of the French Army. And François-Joseph Paul, marquis de Grasse Tilly, comte de Grasse (right), admiral in charge of the naval fleet

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Moving towards Yorktown.

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The precarious situation for any fort built in Yorktown.

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Washington firing the first cannonball of the day on October 9th at the Siege of Yorktown

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Defeated British soldiers walking through a double column of American soldiers.
One thing is for sure, they did not look as nice as they do here, it was well recorded that the americans looked like a bunch of hobos next to the spotless French soldiers.

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Recognition of independence and peace treaty added. Victory!

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Washington rallying the Americans at the battle of Princeton.

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The same overview but with actual dates.

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