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This Glorious Struggle: George Washington's Revolutionary War Letters

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George Washington wrote an astonishing number of letters, both personal and professional. The majority—about 140,000 documents—are from his years as commander in chief during the Revolutionary War, from 1775 to 1783. This Glorious Struggle presents a selection of Washington's most important and interesting letters from that time, including many that have never been publish ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Smithsonian (first published February 1st 2008)
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Jeremy Perron
Jan 03, 2012 Jeremy Perron rated it liked it
Edward Lengel assembled the letters that George Washington wrote during the Revolutionary War against the British Empire. The letters are laid out year by year; there are comments in-between to give context to what it is the reader is looking at. Lengel's remarks are always italicized to distinguish them from General Washington's letters. It is an all right read, but not something for a beginner, rather for someone who already has a strong understanding of the period.

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Craig Stratton
Sep 15, 2011 Craig Stratton rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book for anyone who wants to learn more about the American Revolution. All the books I've read about the war (textbooks included) have been, basically, an interpretation of events by historians. This book is a chance to learn about the war right from Washington's own mind. You can see, very easily, how he did not have high hopes for success in the early days. You can see how stressful his position was as he begs and pleads with Congress for money and provisions for the ...more
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Feb 22, 2014 Kat rated it liked it
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One of the best ways to see the character of a person is to read their letters. I enjoyed reading this selection of George Washington's letters written from June 1775 to December 1783. Each letter, or sometimes groups of letters, are prefaced with a note from the editor to give the letter context within the events of the Revolutionary War and/or Washington's personal views. I was very grateful to these notes, as the writing style of the 18th Century is not always easily understood by modern ...more
Christy B
Oct 01, 2009 Christy B rated it really liked it
A collection of letters (not all, mind you) written by General George Washington during the Revolutionary years (1775-1783).

There are only two letters to his wife Martha, both written in 1775 when Washington accepted the post of General. The rest were burned by Martha when Washington died in 1799. The rest are letters composed to members of congress (usually the President of the Continental Congress), friends, various family members, his generals and to a few citizens.

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Colin
Mar 12, 2008 Colin rated it really liked it
A fascinating selection of the wartime letters of George Washington, one that ought to be read by any scholars who wish to discern the thoughts of our first Commander in Chief at the time of the Revolution. Perhaps the most interesting of the collection, to me, was a letter dated May 12, 1779, to the Delaware Nation, which gives me some indication of the form of respectful address used in diplomacy with the Native Americans in Washington's time.
Traci
Jan 04, 2012 Traci rated it it was ok
I actually didn't finish it. Not at all what I thought; it was a lot about strategy or Washington's disappointment in the Congress' lack of action. I was expecting more details about battles, reactions to the training of his troops, or something to that extent. Maybe I'll try it again in the future.
Jackie Locke
May 26, 2013 Jackie Locke rated it it was amazing
Incredible! A great eye opener into the heart and thoughts of Washington during the critical days of the Revolutionary War.
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Great read. Learning history through actual words. Incredible!
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Great collection of letters for research and further insight into Washington.
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