#amreading MONTCALM and WOLFE Ch. 5 (1753 – 1754)

Among the many pleasures of getting to Chapter 5 is seeing a 21-year-old George Washington making his first appearance in the public sphere.

He is tall and slender but not otherwise prepossessing but then during a dangerous mission, he prevents one of his men from killing an enemy combatant, and later they fall into a frozen river and everyone spends a miserable cold night huddled on a riverbank but even back then, even at just 21, Washington already seemed to have that special something. Somehow the mission is successful. And that is a pretty remarkable thing for a 21-year-old tasked with his first assignment.

(Not two pages later, the 21-year-old is placed in command of 200 men, and he does not flinch)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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