Washington’s ultimate success as the American commander in chief, however, never stemmed from his military abilities. He was never a traditional military hero. He had no smashing, stunning victories, and his tactical and strategic maneuvers were never the sort that awed men. Instead, it was his character and political talent and judgement that mattered most. His stoicism, dignity, and perseverance in the face of seemingly impossible odds came to symbolize the entire Revolutionary cause.
British officer, hung as a spy for his involvement in Benedict Arnold’s treason.
French playwright, spy, arms dealer, revolutionary; 1732—99.
British playwright, politician; general who lost the Battles of Saratoga; 1722—92.
Playwright, historian, sister of James Otis, Jr, wife of James Warren; 1728—1814.
The American Revolution: A History (2002)