George Washington born on the 22nd of February 1732 was the first President of The United States. This however was after Washington was chosen to be the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in 1775. He then went on to lead them to victory over the Kingdom of Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War which began in 1775 and ended in1783. Throughout George Washington’s vast career as a District Adjutant General, Lieutenant Colonel, Commander-in-chief and the first president of The United States he had some up and downs, some astonishing achievements and some plumiting
What was a major difficulty or challenge faced by George Washington as attempts were made to create a new American society from 1776 to 1789? (You may consider more than one challenge if you think it’s more appropriate).
Washington’s first defeat came at the battle of Long Island on the 27th of August 1776.
General Washington with an army of around 19,000 men was forced to retreat after making a fatal decision to split his troops into two equal groups at two separate locations.
Following this on the 28th of October 1776 Washington was defeated at the battle of White Plains where the British attacked Washington and he was once again forced to retreat. After this followed consecutive defeats at
How did your chosen leader respond to the challenges with which they were presented during this time?
Washington’s reassessment of the situation after his failures at the battle of Long Island and White Plains led to the strategy he should have adopted from the start of the war.
Washington first plans for a strategic defensive were to preserve his army. He avoided battle whenever possible and continued to draw the British into a prolonged war of erosion. It was this continuous manoeuvring that gave Washington control of the flow of the War. In drawing out the war, Washington’s strategy of slow destruction attacked the very heart of the British strategy for a swift end to the colonial...