General Washington: A True American Hero

By Nicky M. | Arcadia Staff
The name George Washington is one of the most well-known in American history. A military and political leader, Washington set out to create a new and great nation with the other Founding Fathers. But his life was much more than the Revolutionary War or his presidency – read on for 5 of our best reads about Washington’s life, from his childhood in Virginia to his time in office!

George Washington's 1791 Southern Tour1) George Washington's 1791 Southern Tour

Following the Revolutionary War, newly elected president George Washington set out to visit the new nation, aware that he was the singular unifying figure in America. After beginning in New England, Washington worked his way down the East Coast, ending his campaign with the Southern Tour. In George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour, author Warren Bingham traces Washington’s journey through Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia, and mentions the cities and people he encountered along the way.


George Washington's Virginia2) George Washington's Virginia

George Washington was first and foremost a Virginian. Born and raised in Old Dominion, Washington never forgot his roots, and many of his major properties were in his home state. Some, like Mount Vernon, have become National Historic Landmarks. George Washington’s Virginia dives deep into Washington’s connection with the state, exploring each location associated with the Founding Father’s life from childhood on.


Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh3) Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh

In April 1782, Gen. George Washington rode into Newburgh and found a sprawling town. At the end of what is now Liberty Street was the fieldstone house of the late Col. Jonathan Hasbrouck. This house was destined to become Washington’s center of operations during the Revolutionary War, and he spent over a year stationed in Newburgh. Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh tells the story of this unassuming house, the family it belonged to, and the city who supported Washington at large.


George Washington's Westchester Gamble: The Encampment on the Hudson and the Trapping of Cornwallis4) George Washington's Westchester Gamble: The Encampment on the Hudson and the Trapping of Cornwallis

During the summer of 1781, the armies of Generals Washington and Rochambeau were encamped in lower Westchester County at Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, Hartsdale, Edgemont and White Plains. The war had not been kind thus far to the Patriots, who were at risk of losing the battle for their independence. As his last effort, General Washington led his troops to a battle against the British general Cornwallis. In George Washington's Westchester Gamble: The Encampment on the Hudson and the Trapping of Cornwallis, historian Richard Borkow describes the battle, and the crucial march from New England to Virginia to get there.


George Washington’s 1790 Grand Tour of Long Island5) George Washington’s 1790 Grand Tour of Long Island

After being elected president, George Washington set out to tour the new United States, which was desperate for a symbol of their new status as a nation. While this tour ended in the American South, Washington first spent nearly a week in Long Island, where he was welcomed with open arms by his new constituents. George Washington’s 1790 Grand Tour of Long Island details the five days Washington spent on Long Island, complete with his detailed diary entries from the journey.

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