The Life of George Washington: Studied Anew

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CHAPTER V.

WAR ON THE FRONTIER.

Return to Mount Vernon--Ill Health--Another Campaign--Appointed to Command--Dinwiddie's Displeasure--William Shirley--Journey to Boston--Return--Miss Mary Philipse--War on the Frontier--Lord Loudoun--Mount Vernon Again--Hunting Shirts--Mrs. Custis-- Love-Letters--A Successful Campaign.

WASHINGTON arrived at Mount Vernon on the 26th of July, feeble from sickness, and discouraged to the very heart by the failure of the expedition. He writes a very melancholy letter to his brother Augustine:

"What did I get by going to the Ohio? Why, after putting myself to a considerable expense in equipping and providing necessaries for the campaign, I went out, was sadly beaten, and lost all. Came in, and had my commission taken from me; or, in other words, had my command reduced under the pretence of an order from home. I then went out and volunteered with General Braddock, and lost all my horses and many other things. But this being a voluntary act I ought not to mention it; nor should I, were it not to show that I have been on the losing way ever since I entered the service, which is now nearly two years."

In such a crisis of affairs Governor Dinwiddie convened the Virginia Assembly to devise measures

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface. iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations xi
  • Introduction. xiii
  • Chapter I - Boyhood and Education. 1
  • Chapter II - Early Manhood. 16
  • Chapter III - First Campaign. 37
  • Chapter V - War on the Frontier. 86
  • Chapter VII - Trouble with England. 137
  • Chapter VIII - Appointment as General. 160
  • Chapter IX - 1777-1778. 204
  • Chapter X - End of the War. 231
  • Chapter XI - Home Revisited. 263
  • Chapter XIII - The Constitution and Presidency. 311
  • Chapter XIV - Closing Years at Mount Vernon. 338
  • Chapter XV - Conclusion. 373
  • Index. 383
  • The Story of the Nations. *
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