15. “The most unlimited Confidence in his Wisdom & Judgement”: Washington as Commander in Chief in the First Years of the French Alliance

  1. Edward G. Lengel
  1. Benjamin L. Huggins

Published Online: 18 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch15

Companion to George Washington, A

Companion to George Washington, A

How to Cite

Huggins, B. L. (2012) “The most unlimited Confidence in his Wisdom & Judgement”: Washington as Commander in Chief in the First Years of the French Alliance, in Companion to George Washington, A (ed E. G. Lengel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch15

Author Information

  1. the University of Virginia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444331035

Online ISBN: 9781118219935

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Keywords:

  • Washington as commander in chief, of the French Alliance;
  • France and the United States, new military alliance;
  • Congress, giving Washington, unprecedented authority;
  • Washington's generalship, meeting challenges;
  • Washington as strategist, the Alliance, the French Fleet;
  • Washington as Alliance diplomat, diplomatic skills;
  • Washington's statesmanlike approach, in d'Estaing's withdrawal;
  • Washington, Army Commander to Commander In Chief;
  • Washington as grand strategist;
  • skills, as American commander in chief

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Washington as Strategist: the Alliance and the French Fleet

  • Washington as Alliance Diplomat

  • Washington as General: from Army Commander to Commander In Chief

  • Washington as Grand Strategist: Alliance Strategy for 1779

  • Washington as Commander In Chief: the Plan for a Decisive Offensive in 1779

  • Conclusion

  • List of Further Readings