Edward Savage (1761—1817)

by Edward Savage (1761—1817)

Oil on canvas. Adams National Historical Park, Quincy, MA.

by Edward Savage (1761—1817)

Oil on canvas. Adams National Historical Park, Quincy, MA.

by Edward Savage (1761—1817)

Oil on canvas; 76.1 x 63.3 cm (29 15/16 x 24 15/16 in). National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

by Edward Savage (1761—1817)

Oil on canvas; 213.6 x 284.2 cm (84 1/8 x 111 7/8 in). The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

by Robert Edge Pine (1730—88)

Oil on canvas. Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection, Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, Philadelphia, PA.

by Edward Savage (1761—1817)

Stipple engraving printed on hand laid paper; 47.9 x 65.5cm (18 7/8 x 25 13/16"). National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian), Washington, DC.

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.

Gordon S. Wood
The American Revolution: A History (2002)