Ralph Izard

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Izard
Portrait by John Singleton Copley, 1775

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QUICK FACTS
BORN:
23 January 1741/42 at The Elms family estate near Charleston, South Carolina
  DIED:
30 May 1804 at The Elms

  • Buried in the churchyard of St. James Goose Creek Episcopal Church, outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
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Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

Washington’s courage thrilled his men. But he was not an enlisted man’s general. He did not interact personally with them, and would not let his officers do so either. Officers under his command who supped or slept in enlisted men’s headquarters were routinely punished. To Washington’s mind, discipline and hierarchy were central to maintaining unit cohesion and integrity. No warm, outgoing person, notes one historian, Washington bound men to him by his own sense of justice and dedication. Yet how his troops viewed him, and in what ways their opinions may have changed over time, is uncertain. Although nineteenth-century history books and old soldiers’ memoirs resonate with references to the commander-in-chief’s inspirational presence, diaries and other accounts written in wartime rarely mention him.

Edward G. Lengel
General George Washington: A Military Life (2005)