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announcer: next on the presidency, we talk about george washington's ties to wish -- to winchester, virginia. from young -- provincial soldier to celebrated american general and president. mr. ekberg is a history statesor at illinois university. the french and indian war foundation hosted the event. >> carl ekberg: this could take an hour so i will make this pretty quick. he -- he researches the illinois area. i'm going to go over a few of his books. i will not list them all.
the failure of the we the 14th, the dutch wars. colonial -- 1985. louisiana, of upper 1989. france flaw and his world, upper louisiana before lewis and clark. 2002. stealing indian women, native ,lavery in the illinois country 2000 seven. a french aristocrat in the american well -- in the american west.
my french is not so good. and another one that is very important is st. louis rising, the french regime of st. louis. carl has won many awards which i will not list today. honorsthrough all of the but many of you can see that on google or read about carl. books that wonderful you can get here in winchester or order online. the other thing i wanted to say that i think was so important was in 2014, he was given an award by the french ambassador for theimportant work
clone neal people. he has done numerous work for the french people and that is why he was given this award. and we were all invited to his -- to the ambassador's house with the french and indian war board. it was a wonderful evening to be there with him for this award. and the other thing i will say -- most of you would not know but he is an expert on thomas jefferson. jefferson formas the last 50 years, believe it or not. he goes back and forth to paris where he has relatives but he spends a great deal of time there and he is a true lover of thomas jefferson. if you want to know anything about thomas jefferson afterwards, we will have q&a.
and there is birthday cake for everyone. feel free to mingle. this will be a very good program. without anymore thanks, carl expert. [applause] i will thank you linda for that very generous introduction. knows that knows linda that she can never be faulted for her generosity which is overwhelming. it might say that in mentioning my credentials, one might wonder what on earth am i doing talking about george washington in winchester. neither of those topics are rituals.thin my usual my field is french colonial history. you can keep that in mind as we go through this and see how i do
on these topics. shipe that here, when jim ,irst saw the title of my talk from disaster to redemption, he thought i was talking about the university of virginia basketball team. oh, goody. 1962, -- youf remember that? jack kennedy was president. no one had heard of vietnam. i was stationed at fort bell -- four delve or adjacent to mount vernon. for awas working topographic survey company in the u.s. army. tv a bunch of us were sent y, temporary duty to winchester in the fall of 1962. in first time i set foot winchester was that fall of 1962. and i must say, i fell in love with the place. the terrible cliché but i fell in love with the place.
the fabulous historic holdings, the super friendly, hospitable people in washington. -- in winchester. the great draft beer at cork street tavern when it was like an english pub. and i married here in the spring of 1963. i am a longtime winchester as it were. linda came to me several months ago and said -- the french and indian war, we have got to do something about this history of winchester back in the 18th century. and my response was -- that would be a wonderful thing to do and it would be my pleasure to participate but we have to integrate george washington into thetopic because indeed, in 1750's, the destinies of winchester and washington were intimately bound together.
you cannot see one without the other. they rose to providence together. winchester made washington and washington made winchester. thegeorge washington, with cherry tree he did not cut down, the famous story from person weaves about -- father, i cannot tell a lie, i did cut down the cherry trade." of course, that is an apocryphal isry but with those there often a grain of truth. and in reading as i have i think everything george washington wrote during the 1750's, the guy really was a straight shooter, you know? .e was not been appealed the what you -- he was not manipulative. what you saw is what you got and i attribute that to him being a surveyor. when you run straight lines and
on his corners and you make accurate opposite -- accurate observations, you don't tell lies. a liar cannot make a surveyor. is anything -- is anyone running for president that is a surveyor, by the way? was george our last surveyor? winchester in 1748 as a surveyor. old but only 16 years this was in march of 1748 so he was just barely 16 years old. here is what he said. wednesday, march 16, we set out early and traveled up to frederick county, the standard name for winchester at that time. we cleaned ourselves to get rid of the game we had attached the night before and took a review of the town and then returned -- the game obviously being
bedbugs. and we returned to our lodgings where we had a good dinner prepared for ourselves with wine and rum punch up plenty and a good featherbed and clean sheets which was a very agreeable regale. that is his first take on winchester and it is a good thing that he liked the place because he would spend a good deal of the next 10 years of his life in winchester. once again, washington made winchester and winchester made washington. -- the come to this french and indian war. so confusing. so confusing. anachronistic is because it was not called the french and indian war during the french and indian war. what was it called? sometimes the seven-year war. ask of my students used to -- what did they call it during the war because they did not
know it was going to last seven years? we will use french and indian war. in general what that means is that the french were allies of the indians in combating the british. but it did not always work that way. indeed, at the very beginning, washington was deeply connected with some indians in the allegheny mountains but in general, it is true. the french got along better with the indians and in general, the indians tended to ally with the french rather than with the british. french and indian war. very confusing. two is a before and after show how enormously important geopolitically this war was. on the left side, the green is the french claimed empire. up and down the mississippi river and the st. louis -- the st. lawrence river, the great lakes and the rocky mountains. claimas the huge crescent
to by the way the 15th of france. on the right-hand side, you see the result of the french and indian war. that is to say that they lost their entire north american empire. confusing though it is, is hugely important in the of northcal history america. this is what it was about. les you know this area, pittsburgh? you went to school in this area. this is what was called in the 18th century, the forks of the ohio. youhe right-hand side have the monongahela river flowing up from the south and on the allegheny river flowing down from new york. and you have the confluence of the two rivers which join to create the ohio river. the famous three
rivers stadium in pittsburgh. this point of land, the peninsula jutting out into the 1750's, thein the most important strategic piece of real estate in north america. i will say it again. that point of land was the most important piece of strategic real estate in north america. and george washington was deeply involved in this issue. the governor of virginia at the time, robert dinwiddie. a hugely important person in george washington's life. patron.as george's somehow, when washington went to see him in the first time in williamsburg in 1753, washington was already an imposing person at that time. at age 21.
dinwiddie was smitten with george washington and through , dinwiddie stuck with him even when washington was not entirely successful. indeed, in the early 1750's for a period of time, dinwiddie came up to winchester to be closer to the action up in the allegheny mountains. washington's early career in the 1750's, this guy is absolutely indispensable. as far as i can tell in reading their correspondents, he never failed in his support of washington. once again, even when washington did not see the best of times. an important portrait of washington. you have probably all seen this somewhere. 1772. the earliest portrait of washington. , washington wanted to be portrayed in this particular uniform which we must
spend just a few seconds on. it is not a military uniform of the british army. bridge iniform of the your regiment. ,eorge washington was never ever an officer in the regular british army. he was in the virginia regiment which was a kind of super militia. in colonial virginia. and he wanted -- it was his request that he be portrayed in this uniform. and it must also be said that it always rankled him a little bit that he was never able to get a commission in the regular british army. it was always -- throughout this at theime verio, even massacre in 1755 where washington was hugely important come he was never an officer in the british army. is strategic
winchester. really, the only town in the shenandoah valley and it was the portal for where the action was up in what is now southwestern pennsylvania. it was not clear at the time that that would be pennsylvania. it may have in fact -- you know wheeling, west virginia goes way up there and it is fully possible that this would be virginia and dinwiddie seemed to think of it as part of virginia. 1754, -- earlier in the year, washington was a lieutenant colonel in the virginia regiment. he is only 22 years old. heads up into the allegheny of governor behalf dinwiddie. i hope this is not going to get really confusing. because are essential it is all about geography,
folks. all about geography. on behalf of the governor of virginia, washington sets out -- winchesterster is in the lower right-hand corner. he is headed in the upper left for cumberland, maryland which is a jumping off point to the area over the allegheny mountains where all of the action was going to take place. and here is route 50. the new road. you can see there in the lower right-hand corner, edwards -- that was on the to keep in river river where for edwards would eventually be built in 1755. and then you have the south branch of the potomac river. this is all route 50. as you cross the south branch of the potomac river, you can see pot ireland.s
and further up you come to pattison creek. that road is still there. it runs down along the creek eventually towards cumberland, maryland. of 1754. famous map you can clearly see route 50. i was a little surprised to look and there is pisspot island again. you cannot get away from it. this is not photoshop. you open google maps and there is pisspot island. a map from the mount vernon association. action up in the allegheny mountains. first of all, notice to the right the allegheny mountains. everything to the left of those mountains is in the watershed of theohio river or over continental divide. this is hugely important.
and this was the issue with the french government. the french government said the entire watershed of the ohio river belongs to us. -- that is forr you brits if you want it but it is theshed -- continental divide and hugely important in all of the strategic maneuvering and all of the military action. theso this map talks about glennsh at the jumonville . that is a really nice way of putting it. a skirmish. some of you may have been there. site.eresting, historic here is what happened early that morning. virginian took his militia men with a handful of indians and surrounded the french as they were getting out of bed in the morning and shot them all to pieces.
not a terribly honorable thing to do but i have to emphasize that washington was a young man. bywas being urged forward dinwiddie. dinwiddie is very aggressive on this issue. time, may 20 eighth, dinwiddie is in winchester to be closer to the action and he is pushing and pushing washington. and then there was washington's famous guide -- christopher guest. who is also very aggressive. he has his plantation in the ohio watershed in french territory rather than british territory and he is always pushing, pushing, pushing washington. and then there is the famous , and he isalf king pushing washington. there are all of these pressures on washington to be a aggressive. certainty thatth
this french party that washington ambushed was in fact a diplomatic mission. we know that with a certitude because we have the documents that the french officer was carrying. this was a diplomatic mission. it was not an offensive mission. they did not have pickets posted or centuries. they were entirely vulnerable. they had no idea that washington was going to take this aggressive action. stopped,ooting washington's indians who were tomahawked the french officer when he was attempting to read a diplomatic document. half king murdered him and his other indians murdered and scouts all of the wounded french.
-- it is a small affair. and a very nasty affair. -- in england, there was this reaction. can you all read this? do i need to read it? i hope you can read it. the backwoods -- a volley fired by a young virginia and in the backwoods of america has set the world on fire. this -- dinwiddie, when he heard about this in winchester was perfectly delighted. yes. we have killed some frenchie s, great. he went overboard. boyer is here and -- jim moyer is here and he is a great
mac -- map maker. was not called this because they did not know it was going to last seven years but it becomes a worldwide conflict of which the french and indian war is one part of the north american part. ok. long --know if this is professor oriel. these are all direct quotes from george washington in 1754. can you all read them? take a moment to absorb these quotes. all written in a one-month period in june, 1754. and i am saying that washington regretted these his entire life and he never, ever said anything
like this again. washington, you know. he is thumping his chest. where we would say "cool" jefferson always said "charming." it is really cool to hear the bullets. , frenchan imagine officers in north america were not delighted with these murders. and the commandant at fort duquesne, pittsburgh, that critical triangle, sends out the le's brother inil pursuit of washington. episode. dramatic when the french are assembled at fort duquesne and the brother is sent in pursuit of washington who has built this kind of
pathetic fort which washington was bragging about. it has been beautifully reconstructed and many of you have probably been up there. starts outbrother from fort duquesne in pursuit of washington. and his journal, it is a wonderful journal that someone translated into english. he says -- i came to the spot where my brother was murdered and there were still corpses scattered about. this is about three weeks after the massacre. interestingly enough he says nothing about trying to identify buryrother and properly
him. he was moving fast. he was in pursuit of washington. he did not want him to get away. he wanted to nail washington. this was washington's fort, fort necessity where he held up with .is virginia militia men by july 3, the brother -- brother had him surrounded there and washington was in a desperate situation. tell us that half of washington's men were drunk. i have studied militia men from the mississippi river to the atlantic, the french, the spaniards, the brits -- and at any given time, when militia men are in the field, half of them are drunk. [laughter] that was the nature of being a at that time. so in his journal, the french officer who has washington surrounded and in a pathetic position -- once again, i refer
to his journal which is a wonderful document. he said -- i kept my indians under control and he had about 200 indians with him. the french officer. the brother says -- i kept my indians under control pointedly referring to washington's indiansy to keep his under control. washington did not want to see his indians murder the wounded french guys but he did not have control of them. a very bad thing if you are fighting on the frontier. you have to keep your indians under control. says i destroyed all of their liquor. alwaysnch are not temperate themselves that this .as a dry run a totally dry run from fort duquesne to fort necessity. the french camp.
he captures washington's liquor supply and destroys it. if he had not done that, those two things, having his indians under control and destroying the liquor, there would have been a really muddy massacre. would have gotten into the liquor and they would have obliterated, annihilated washington's militia men and american history might be different. he is trying to behave like a good officer. i have my indians under control, i destroyed the liquor, and all i'm going to do is make washington sign this document. and, the document says principally two things -- one, -- i wasour french like to have him translate this for us. but it was a difficult time for washington. he had a man that was supposedly able to read french.
what was in yellow was the acknowledgment that the french officer had been murdered, assassinated. the second part of the document is when you go back over the mountains, over the continental divide into the watershed of the potomac river, you are promising never to come back. .ever to come back west over the mountains into the watershed of the ohio river which washington, in signing this, was at technology was french territory. well, washington probably never had any intention of it hearing to what he signed. he later said he really could not understand what he signed which was true. washington could not read the french. difficult as it is. and there is even some question about what his translator could. dinwiddie saidat was not very much. but what he did is he had sent
washington and on terrific metal and had sent him -- washington said i am particularly obliged in your favor with the rom that you sent from your private store. this is in witty doing favors for george washington. listen to george washington as he is developing his vocabulary. because he is a self taught guide very largely. an autodidact. he has his dictionary with him and he is learning words. washington says to dinwiddie -- the approbation you have expressed for my conduct has given me more pleasure than anything such that has happened since this expedition began for i assure you, sir, i had expected nothing that your disaster -- disapprobation. when was the last time you used "disapprobation" in your twitter
feed? -- another one he likes is "pusillanimous." he is constantly working on upgrading his skills with the language and he loves the latin words. ok. at this point, the question is -- what happens next? washington limps back over the mountains. oh, i wanted to mention this for someone that might be into antiques. i happened to catch this on the internet. as you see here, this is the first edition published in paris in 1756. loui's journal but also washington's journal translated into french. , when hehe really a
captured fort necessity, also captured washington's journal. it went to québec and then to paris when it was published in 1756. that is the best edition that we have. we do not know where washington's original english journal is but the closest we have is the french translation published in this volume. a nice volume if you are a collector and have some money. a beautiful first edition. cartographer, was working in paris and in 1755 -- for the first time winchester, can you see winchester there? so heench do not have a w spells it with a v. here's a map of eastern north america and for the first time winchester appears. look at any map you want in
1750, winchester does not appear. in 1755, the royal cartographer in paris has winchester nailed. this is because of george washington. for georgeot been washington's activities in the allegheny mountains, winchester would never have appeared on this map. once again i am saying that the two of them as it were, winchester and washington, grow up and come to prominence together in 17 -- in the 1750's, the french and indian war. look in the lower right-hand corner. this is the famous fried jefferson map -- peter jefferson is thomas jefferson's father. what i want to point out is -- do you see frederick town? look to the right. to will notice the road
philadelphia. so here we have what was a very remote place in the shenandoah valley, winchester, and by 1755 you have a direct post road to philadelphia. me occasionally, amazing to in reading the correspondence between winchester and philadelphia, some of it was moving as quickly as five days. that is almost 50 miles a day. they must've had some sort of pony express system. so philadelphia at this periodontist, think about this, philadelphia was the second largest english-speaking city in the world. after london. second largest english-speaking city in the world. under is a direct post road to winchester. winchester is coming along. moving into prominence. it is a net? --isn't it? french and indian war. back to the forks of the ohio.
the green spot there. the most sought-after piece of northstate in strategic america at this time. . and washington has not solved this problem. he got beat up pretty bad. what the british government decides to do is get serious about it and send a british army to take fort duquesne. once again, we have the forks of the ohio with a fairly substantial french fort located and 1755.t in 1754 starts out in alexandria. he is about 60 years old. there are no portraits from life. adix massacre, -- braddock. he himself actually came to winchester.
most of his army detoured around winchester to the north. objective washeir of course for duquesne. and this time it was not going to be the virginia regiment. it was not going to be a ragtag bunch of half drunk militia men. this was going to be the real deal. a british army with a british general. washington participated shamelessly in this expedition. here was their opponent. a french canadian. highly intelligent. a brilliant tactician. a family man. it very serious roman catholic. and a stone cold killer. he set it up. and here is the setup. you can see the redcoats to the right. you can see the guy hiding
behind the tree. these sneaky frenchmen. he is a french marine with the hat on and he is from the oflanx directing the fire the indians and the other guys there who are canadian militia men. this was the tactics all set up. u's lieutenant said why do we not hang out in the fort and make english come to us? we have a big fort here. let the british come here and no, we're going to go get them. he was killed in the first volley. both commanders were killed. these were the tactics that set -- that virtually destroyed his army. norman our very own baker. a great historian.
a wonderful guy. we do not know for sure where braddock's grave is but here is norman baker at his grave. here is the burial record of the french commander. his name means beautiful day. he had a beautiful day except he got killed. it says in this burial record that he had taken confession before the battle and it says -- i love this -- it said he is buried in the cemetery of the assumption of ohiooly virgin of the river. a beautiful kind of poetic name. no one knows where the cemetery was. duquesne was destroyed in 1758, apparently the cemetery was also destroyed. they kept the burial records from the cemetery but we do not know where braddock's body is or is althoughu's body
i would think excavations in pittsburgh would be able to show us that. this was a disaster. and embarrassing disaster for the british army. one of the most embarrassing things and the history of british military annals. it is interesting to read washington -- he retreats to cumberland and rights to his mother. he says -- mother, it was not so bad. do not believe everything you hear. it is not so bad. washington cared a whole lot about the destruction of the british army. you know, washington in his writings is constantly talking -- my country,ry my country, my country. he never mentions england, great britain, the british empire,
king george the second -- his country is really only virginia. and the destruction of this british army -- dear mother, it is not such a big deal. sees an in my opinion, opportunity here for himself. all, a ferociously ambitious young man. he what he sees here is that is going to deal with the issue of security. not a british army. a virginian of the virginia regiment is going to take care of the western frontier. and guess what? that is exactly what happened. dinwiddie, governor dinwiddie promotes him to colonel of the virginia regiment and he turns him loose largely in winchester to protect the western frontier. so here is washington as a kernel in the virginia regiment.
once again, not in the british army. and he is a signed by governor dinwiddie to protect the western frontier of virginia with his base of operations being in winchester. this is a hugely important thing for both him and for winchester. and so, how does he redeem himself? in the mountains twice. 1754, fort necessity. 1755, the monongahela disaster. how does he redeem himself? here is his favorite book. here is his favorite book. discipline. discipline. discipline. discipline. and he starts wide disciplining himself. unbelievably disciplined fella. he drove himself mercilessly.
he rode on horseback thousands of miles on the virginia frontier. from pennsylvania all the way to north carolina. literally thousands of miles. his health was always breaking down. with his health because he drove himself that way. he also then instilled discipline in his troops. 100 lashes for drunkenness. that is a lot. 100 lashes for drunkenness. he insisted that his virginia regiment must have the power of life and death. he persuaded the government in williamsburg to grant him the same power that a british officer would have to. -- hehad the power personally did not have the power of life and death but his military court sitting in winchester had the power of life and death and by god, they used
it. yes. they both hung and shot deserters at fort loudon. i do not think anyone has tried to figure out how many but washington said that they had a gallows 14 feet high. for hanging people at fort loudon. certain that sure they shot people for desertion. this -- me also say washington insisted they had that power of life and death but really he did not like using it. which he did not necessarily sit, his courts were harsher than he was. and they condemned more people to death than washington was willing to execute. -- he had to have that power of life and death but yet he really did not like using
it. something else he was concerned about -- he was concerned about the disruptive effect of loose women. [laughter] for sure about that. so he says -- three women are allowed each company and provisions drawn for them on condition of them behaving well. no more women will be allowed to draw provisions. three per company as washer women. , his captain ashby, captain john nash be had difficulties with his wife. him --hington writes to this is really harsh. i am very much surprised to hear of the great irregularities which were allowed in your camp. in that i amm
credibly informed is your property. there are continual complaints to me about the behavior of your wife. who apparently had and over fondness for rum and young soldiers. [laughter] if she is not immediately sent morecamp were i hear any complaints of such irregular behavior, i shall take care and drive her out myself and suspend you. is that harsh enough? right. he was tough. he was tough. now, with regard to the townspeople, with regard to the townspeople come he did not have the power of life and death. it was only men in the military that his courts had jurisdiction over but he did have the power to commandeer the labor force of the townspeople to work on the fort or whatever. you read these
documents from 1756 and 1757 and at that time washington was persuaded that they were going to have to retreat back over the blue ridge mountains. he thought the shenandoah valley was going to become uninhabitable. he says that over and over again. our next frontier -- blue ridge mountains. his harshness you can maybe understand some of his harshness. that was the key to it. discipline. he had two books that he used. the dictionary. you see him looking up words and then the issue of discipline. moreover, this is jim moyer's great map. to use this map properly got to go to the french and indian war website. this is an interactive map and it shows all of the various places that activities took place during the french and indian war. if you look carefully, you can kind of see route 50.
the south branch of the potomac river. the great wagon road. map is a fabulous match -- that jim has done and you need to take a look at this. in addition to being in winchester, he had outlying forts like fort edwards on the cacapon river and in the spring of 1756, there was a bloody encounter there that is to say young frenchled by officers were penetrating this close to winchester in the spring of 1756. this is when washington was saying -- i am afraid the shenandoah valley is lost to us and we are going to have to retreat eastward back over the blue ridge. -- outside of work bloodiest close encounter during the french and indian war. they have a great website also by the way, fort edwards. then, there is for pleasant up
at oldfield which happens to be close to our family farm. and the only thing i see wrong here is i don't think there were ever any british regulars there. there were members of the virginia regiment but no british regulars. in 1756, there was the battle of the trough. a bloody affair. once again, young french officers with the indians attacking sellers. this fort was built and occupied by thomas wagner, a hugely important person. washington was at oldfield's as a surveyor as early as 1748. -- this is difficult to figure out here. can you kind of see the fort in the corner? this is a very early
illustration of a frontier fort. it is unclear if this was rebuilt after the french and indian war. there is some discussion about this. map is iny excellent the hardy county library in moorefield, west virginia. owned byis land is now renick williams, a major landowner and i was in talking to him close to where the yellow blotches in the right hand corner. and the legend on the map says that is the burial ground for four pleasant. i was talking to renick and he said -- yes, some of my guys were putting in a fence over there and they dug up a bunch of loans. is -- thoseck, that are some really important bones. what happened to them? and he said -- i don't know. maybe they threw them to the dogs. i don't know. he is a really important landowner there.
fort pleasant was captain thomas wagner -- by the way, wagner is a really interesting guy. i don't know if there is enough stuff for a biography that he sat on some of washington's military courts when they condemned young men to death for desertion. most important of all is fort loudon in winchester. because that was the base of winchester's defense of the frontier. a hugely important place. it was the center of operations for the entire western frontier and washington spent a huge amount of time there from where he went to all of the outlying outposts. fort loudon -- you can see -- that is loudon street running north is to the left and running south is to the right.
that is north loudoun street you see running through it. andington designed it oversaw the building of it. hugely important. i love this painting by erik -- is he here today? i love this because it shows that relative to the town, this fort was an enormous. overwhelmingof was as a presence in town. a huge investment by the british. maybe as much as 10,000 pounds plus all of the ancillary economic activity generated by the construction. and imagine a 40 foot gallows in that fort? grimester was a pretty place in 1756 and 1757. i love this painting because it conveys that sense of the overwhelming size and importance of fort loudon.
here is winchester after the war . most of the major streets, cameron, loudon, braddock, fairfax -- they were all named after french and indian war personalities. we come back to the issue of -- you know, the french and indian war is the making of winchester and the making of george washington. -- andose to prominence they rose to prominence together. i think this kind of says it all. it was a military town. and it was not just the 10,000 pounds which was a huge amount of money. invested in the building of the fort. all once again, there were of these secondary, ancillary economic activities generated by the existence of the
construction workers and the soldiers etc., etc., etc. elections to the house of burgesses. when i said that washington was not loved by thomas jefferson, he was not loved by james jamesn and not loved by monroe. he was not loved by the townspeople of winchester either. and notice that his pathetic showing in the first round at the top -- no one was interested much in george washington. famously then james was, who was a patron of washington's, not as important as dinwiddie but he was a patron of george washington's and he stepped in and there are other people who know about these elections, more than i do but apparently james
wood put up the money to buy this election for george washington but i am not sure that was an accurate statement. there was a lot of james wood money involved in getting george washington eventually elected. >> [indiscernible] right. right. the change in the election 1758 was9 -- 1757 and dramatic. something happened. washington did not suddenly become a popular figure on his own. in then, everything changes 1758, dramatically. the british send a better army of across pennsylvania to fort duquesne. thethey eventually compel french to burn the place and abandon it which changes the whole nature of things.
of this campaign against fort duquesne in 1758. it is a little hard to figure out. here is a postage stamp from 1958. it commemorated the 200th anniversary -- if you look carefully, can you see the guy on the ground in his sick bed? generalthe british forbes in charge of this. i think that is supposed to be george washington on horseback with his hat raised. and in the background you see the burning of fort duquesne -- this is a huge american -- after -- for george
washington. he got engaged to marry custis martha custis in 1758. he was married in 1759. he goes on to retire to mount vernon and when he is at mount vernon, he loves being engaged in farming activities and watch his crops grow and his animals. -- 1759example, he says , friday, may 2. it was cold with strong westerly winds at mount vernon. my sally covered the great bay mare. saturday, may 2, wind gusts southerly but blew fresh and cool. the stallion covered rankin. and afterwards, breaking out of
his pastor, they covered -- pasture, they covered the mare again. 1780 he is commander of the continental army. a year after this painting was done, washington, with his french friends, the most was rochambeaume . gave the british a very good covering. [laughter] very good covering at yorktown. was done with his french friends. this is a wonderful statue. it is right across pennsylvania avenue from the white house. >> [indiscernible] lafayette --
lafayette park. this is a statue in paris. it is a wonderful statue of washington on the right shaking the hands of probably his favorite french officer, the marketo lafayette. there were a lot of people that did not love washington but i tell you, these french officers were head over heels with -- in love with george washington. i managed to find a book -- the library of michigan was throwing it away. i think i have to donate it to the handley library. the last time it was checked out was 1944. [laughter] this is a book that is made of the -- that is made up exclusively of letters -- love letters written by french
officers for george washington. officers were crazy about george washington. his fellow virginians, like jefferson, adams, and monroe did not care for him but washington was a huge favorite with the french. so -- state capital. richmond. 1785, benjamin franklin was in paris, he loved to be in paris. in 1785 though he came home to the united states and he brought with him this french artist. sculptorhe most famous portraitist in europe at the time. he did a bust of jefferson and of franklin and of voltaire and he did this of george washington. franklin sent him to mount
vernon where he did all of the models and things which he took back to paris and had this done in his workshop. it is really a great ease, isn't it? it is a dramatic piece. by houdon. appropriately standing in the foyer of the statehouse in richmond. here we have at this time washington is a most famous man in the world. really, the most famous man in the world and we have the most portraitist sculptor going to mount vernon. holy cow, folks, this was big stuff. so, i don't know whether you love him in this portrait but he surely is impressive. and he had come a very long way from here. [laughter] a very long way from here when he arrived in winchester as a 16-year-old server.
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here's a clip from a recent program. >> wouldn't you believe it is not just the case with edwin brown? when you look at the diaries of the men who fought at williamsburg, they did not forget it. why have we? it is a good question. that is one of the things i intend to go over with you today. what a miserable honor to have, an awful accolade. a forgotten battle. all of you guys who fought that day, you are not nearly as cool as chancellorsville. why have we forgotten about williamsburg? when you think about williamsburg, what is the first thing that comes to mind? , i forgot this was an academic room. [laughter] >> the juxtaposition of the british empire in the transatlantic place. you guys are awake. [laughter] washington, nobody
thinks about the civil war in williamsburg. think about the actual colonial history. when george washington marches down the duke of gloucester street, there was one business open in williamsburg. not a real bustling town as it would be today. our public memory commands colonial waynesburg. jamestown -- colonial williamsburg. jamestown. we do not often think of civil war williamsburg. within a few short weeks after the battle of waynesburg, we have this massive clash around which brand. -- battle of williamsburg, we have this massive clash around richmond. the failures of scholarship over the last 150 years, it is only within the last few years we have gotten decent books about the battle of williamsburg, the importance of the peninsula
campaign. why not write about williamsburg? when you go back through some of the books, some of the best by have six pages-- about the battle of williamsburg. that is it. maybe it is not a sexy topic. maybe it is not nearly as interesting. maybe it would not sell. theould be my goal here to -- in the next three and a half hours of my lecture -- [laughter] >> to make you realize that civil war waynesburg is the most important period. >> you can watch this and other programs on our website for all of our video is archived. that is c-span.org/history. are watching american history tv on c-span3. all this week, see more american
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