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er in Chief on the Subject—Expedition against the
Assaulting these posts—General Wayne carries
fails—Congress vote their thanks to General WASH
Amount of Emission—Congress destitute of Means to
promises a Naval and Land Armament to act in
French Squadron arrives on the American Coast
His Birth—Education—Appointed an Adjutant General of the militia—His embassy to the Ohio–Commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel of a regular regiment—Surprises a detachment of French troops—Capitulation of Fort Necessity—He is appointed a volunteer Aid de camp to General Braddock—His bravery in the action in which that General fell–He is appointed the Colonel of
a regiment, and commander in chief of the Virginia troops—His efforts to defend the frontiers—Riis exertions in the expedition under General Forbes to gain possession of Fort du Quesno–Resigns his commission.
GEoRGE WASHINgron was born in the county of Westmoreland, Virginia, on the 22d day of February, 1732. He was the third son of Mr. Augustine Washington, and the great grandson of Mr. John Washington, a gentleman of a family of some distinction in the north of England, who emigrated about the year 1657, and took up the estate on which the subject of these memoirs was born.
At the age of ten years, by the death of his father, he was left in the sole care of a solicitous mother. She gave him a private education. A grammatical knowledge of the English language, mathematicks, geography, history, natural and moral philosophy, to the exclusion of the learned languages, formed the course of his youthful studies.
The candour and manliness of his disposition were early displayed among his young companions, and the commanding influence of his character was first dis covered by his ascendency over them.