Early Days of Revolution
In June 1775, standing before the assembled Continental Congress in Philadelphia, George Washington accepted the daunting task of leading a makeshift army of farmers and tradesmen against the most powerful Army on earth. This was not the life-weary, gray haired former President on our dollar bill. Rather, this Washington was a 43 year-old, auburn-haired, battle-tested soldier with a reputation throughout the colonies for great physical and moral strength.
An Indispensable Pairing
Six months into the struggle, encamped in Cambridge during the Siege of Boston, Washington, remarking on his weighty responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief, wrote: “it is absolutely necessary
Hamilton, orphaned at age 13, was soon operating a trading house on the island of St. Croix for a wealthy merchant, but became frustrated with the “groveling condition of a clerk of which my fortune condemns me”. He longed to achieve lasting fame, like that of the great men of ancient Rome. In 1772, recognizing the boy’s brilliance, wealthy patrons on the island created a scholarship fund to send Hamilton, then age 17, to New York
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