Joseph-Siffred Duplessis (1725—1802)

by Joseph-Siffred Duplessis (1725—1802)

Oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian), Washington, DC.

by Joseph-Siffred Duplessis (1725—1802)

Oil on canvas; 80 × 62 cm (31.5 × 24.4 in.). Chateaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Versailles, France.

... Washington had made every mistake in the book in the New York campaign. He had misread the enemy’s intentions; he had divided his forces in the face of superior numbers; he had provided no cavalry; he had hesitated almost fatally to get his army out of Manhattan once he grasped the folly of keeping it there; he had allowed Greene to persuade him against his better judgment to keep men in Fort Washington; he had allowed a wealth of precious tents, flour, ordnance, and ammunition at Forts Washington and Lee to fall into enemy hands.

Myron Magnet
The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735 - 1817 (2014)