Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Charming Field for an Encounter

Before gaining fame as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, George Washington was a soldier for King George II.  His service included three campaigns, two years of keeping Indians out of Virginia's borders, and his only surrender.  These paintings, from the book "Charming Field for an Encounter" illustrate some of his early military exploits.  See the whole book with many more paintings at

 This painting (based on Peale's 1772 portrait) shows Washington in the 1754 uniform of the Virginia Provincial Regiment.
 This painting shows Washington and his men assembled.  Something appears to be burning in the distance.
This painting occurs during the Siege of Fort Necessity (1754).  Two Virginians, an officer and a private, fire a swivel gun at the French.

No comments:

Post a Comment