Friday, May 26, 2006

Washington the Warrior

History Channel ~ Monday, 9ET/8CT

This ought to be right up your ally RT!

Maybe your question of “What would George Washington do?” will finally be answered!!

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingHe lost more battles than he won, faced mutinies among his men, and helped to ignite a war with reckless military decisions. And still to this day, George Washington is the standard by which all other American commanders are held. Unbowed in defeat and generous in victory, he showed America the way to greatness with grace, courage, and persistence under relentless fire from enemies and even friends. Find out how George Washington became America's foremost founding father, one battle at a time, in the special The History Channel presentation, WASHINGTON THE WARRIOR, airing Monday, May 29th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Also check out THE REVOLUTION, a new 13-part series on THE HISTORY CHANNEL premiering Sunday June 4 @ 10/9c.

Though he eventually came into great wealth at the Mount Vernon estate, George Washington was born to more modest roots as a fifth-generation Virginian. Adamant in his desire to climb to higher social circles, he mastered physical skills and rules etiquette, then joined the military in search of the prestigious life of an officer. He gained a good reputation by completing dangerous missions on behalf of the British, but a series of missteps and defeats in 1754 led directly to the onset of the French and Indian War and held Washington up for public ridicule for the first time.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingBut he stood tall and received a second chance a year later when he assumed battlefield command of the Virginia Militia after its commander had been killed, dodging bullets on the front lines at Monongahela and forever gaining the respect of his men. From there he matured as a commander and helped drive the French from the Ohio Territory before retiring to Mount Vernon at age 27. Little did Washington know at the time that his military life had only just begun.

WASHINGTON THE WARRIOR taps experts, historians, authors, journals, and historical documents to tell the story of the man who spearheaded the American Revolution with a fortitude that would not be denied. Authors Joseph J. Ellis, Caroline Cox, Edward G. Lengel, and Bruce Chadwick as well as Lt. Gen. Dave R. Palmer, previously the Superintendent of West Point U.S. Military Academy, headline a list of experts offering insight and perspective on the life, times, and mindset of George Washington.

More highlights of WASHINGTON THE WARRIOR include:

•The skills he learned and challenges he faced while running the Mount Vernon Estate, including the sudden death of his stepdaughter Patsy and growing antagonism toward the British and their business and taxation practices.

•Washington's time in the Continental Congress, during which his remarkable charisma and resolve earned him the role as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army in the fight against the British.

•Washington's efforts to pull together the discipline and attention of his undermanned army to fight the most powerful force in the world, a task that would be revisited several times over the course of the Revolutionary War as he struggled to keep the army from total disintegration.

•His Revolutionary War triumphs as Boston, Trenton, and Princeton, and the lowly disappointments of Manhattan, Long Island, and Kip's Bay.

•The brutal winter at Valley Forge, during which American soldiers died by the dozen from bitter cold, disease, and a lack of supplies, but where Washington cemented his status as a beloved leader by staying with his men day in and day out throughout the winter.

•His final masterstroke at Yorktown, where Washington’s army turned the tide of the entire war in the eleventh hour, delivering a knockout blow to his rival Cornwallis with the help of a French Naval fleet.

•After defeating the British, Washington again proves his immeasurable worth to the American dream with steady, unassuming guidance through an uprising in his own ranks, from soldiers seeking better pay and benefits from the government.

•His almost unprecedented decision to relinquish power back to Congress after conquering the mighty British, a move that many feel ultimately defined him as the most unique of all warriors: a man who preferred liberty to power and justice to glory.
I’ll take advantage of this posting to share some personal genealogy. In my paternal line there is a particular family that has so many George Washington named sons that it has been very difficult to sort out who belongs to whom. I often think how confusing it must have been in those days after the Revolution when that family gathered and there were so many cousins with the same name, how did they keep them straight! That tradition continued as the family multiplied with parents in each of the lines naming at least one son after George Washington until about 1920.

And we all assumed the namesake was President George Washington until I discovered an older brother to my great, great, great, great grandfather was named George Washington. Once I was able to confirm his existence I began the search for him in old records and was able to set a time frame for his birth. That’s when I discovered he was born before Washington became President, so his namesake is General Washington. And it made perfect sense to me because his grandfather was the first emigrant to America for that family line when he had been convicted as a horse thief by the English Old Bailey Court and sentenced to transportation to the Colony of South Carolina with a seven year indenture in 1727. His father was involved in the Regulator Movement in North Carolina in 1771 and signed the Anson County Regulator’s Petition in 1769. Among the old documents I found the Anson County Criminal Courts minutes for this Regulator stated he had been arrested for refusing to pay land taxes but had escaped from jail, his whereabouts unknown by the Sheriff.

Sometimes you find out the most fascinating things about your ancestors.