In 1786, George Washington wrote a rare autobiographical account of his service in the French and Indian War. In these eleven pages, Washington relates the compelling narrative of his experiences during the war, including a striking account of the friendly-fire incident at Fort Ligonier in 1758 that "...involved the life of GW in as much jeopardy as it had ever been before or since..." George Washington Remembers presents for the first time in print this extraordinary account that offers a very personal glimpse of a self-reflective leader seldom seen in Washington's other writings. The reproduction is accompanied by an annotated transcription of the piece and original essays that place the work in the context of the French and Indian War and Washington's life. Lavishly illustrated, this remarkable book is essential for all interested in George Washington and our nation's founding period.
Fred Anderson is professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the award winning author of Crucible of War: The Seven Years War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 and A People's Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and the Society in the Seven Years' War. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. French & Indian War 250, Inc. is a group representing the primary sites associated with the French and Indian War. Its members seek to raise awareness of the war and its significance to our region and nation.
Introduction The Remarks Facsimile Transcript and Annotations Chapter 1: Young Washington: Ambition, Accomplishment, and Acclaim Chapter 2: Biography and Autobiography: Washington's "Remarks" in Context Chapter 3: "Just as They Occurred to the Memory, They were Committed": Speculations on George Washington's Autobiographical "Remarks" of 1787 Appendix 1: The Manuscript as Object: Its Materials and Conservation Appendix 2: Historic Sites Mentioned in George Washington's "Remarks"