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All About George Washington "Discipline is the Soul of an Army"

Updated on May 24, 2012

The Father of our Country

I've been reading and listening to lots of books about George Washington. A few things I didn't know about him.

  1. He loved land and acquired it
  2. He never had any children
  3. Strategically he wasn't a great general
  4. People called him His Excellency
  5. His best strategic decision during the revolutionary war to was to mandate smallpox vaccinations
  6. He lost more battles than he won

George Washington Full Body Picture
George Washington Full Body Picture

His Excellency: George Washington Books

George Washington Quotes

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness -"Circular to the States" (9 May 1753)

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. - Letter of Instructions to the Captains of the Virginia Regiments (29 July 1759)

Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country. -Letter to Benedict Arnold (14 September 1775)

Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth. - General Orders, Headquarters, New York (2 July 1776)

The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army...

The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country. General Order, (9 July 1776) George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799: Series 3g Varick Transcripts

The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therfore, to resolve to conquer or die. Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island (27 August 1776)

There is nothing that gives a man consequence, and renders him fit for command, like a support that renders him independent of everybody but the State he serves. - Letter to the president of Congress, Heights of Harlem (24 September 1776)

If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences that can invite the consideration of mankind, reason is of no use to us...

To place any dependence upon militia, is, assuredly, resting upon a broken staff.


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      ParadigmEnacted 4 years ago

      Might be a right place at the right time kind of thing for him. Better to be lucky than good. Still more of a man with convictions than most of his contemporaries and especially those that the political machine spits out these days.

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      RandyBelmontI 6 years ago

      Wrong he did NOT form the democracy. He formed the Republic! Presidents up until Abraham Lincoln did NOT want a democracy. They wanted a Constitutional Republic which gives ALL people their natural born rights and does not allow the government to give or take away any. This includes the right to vote for leadship and such. They are very different except for voting.

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      Alpha Romeo 7 years ago from ashwinspower .blogspot. com

      i like the quotes. He said some really fine things.

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      Putz Ballard 8 years ago

      Very interesting hub, didn't know all this, thanks for sharing.

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      Riley 8 years ago

      George Washington was great because he was the first president of the United States. He basically formed the government. He helped to form a government that is one of the oldest democracies in the world. He's the ultimate founding father of the United States. And last but not least, you can never beat the original. Oh people try Karate Kid I and Karate Kid III, and Rocky I and Rocky II, or Back to the future I or Back to the future III... oh they try but, in my humble opinion nothing beats the original.

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      Socio-Image 8 years ago

      What made George Washington so great? I would look forward to those facts too.

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      bill komissaroff 8 years ago from Portland O

      I really liked the way that David Morse portrayed him in the HBO mini-series John Adams. Very interesting.

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      gpower2 10 years ago from Newport Beach

      I am lucky enough to share his birthday, February 22nd. Very informative hub. Thank you.