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COLONEL WASHINGTON RESIGNS

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 COLONEL GEORGE WASHINGTON RESIGNS

by Jim Moyer  compiled in 2015, latest updates 12/13/2016

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December 20, 1758

First evidence of Col George Washington Resigning

James Craik at Winchester 20 December 1758 writes to GW:

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“…We are very anxious here to know the fate of the Troops, and who will be Commander. When the Regiment meets with that irrepareable lose, loseing you—The very thoughts of this lyes heavy on the whole whenever they think of it—and dread the consequences of your resigning3 . . .”

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Founders Online Footnote:

3. This is the first reference in GW’s surviving correspondence to his impending departure from the regiment that he had commanded since September 1755.

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December 29, 1758

Has George Washington just resigned?

The universe of the Virginia Regiment is disturbed.

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Fort Duquesne is no more.

Now the threat of the French is gone from this area.

The war is still on elsewhere.

And who knows what the Indians will continue to do on their own?

So the Virginia Regiment still needs a leader.

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And Captain Robert Stewart, while commanding Fort Loudoun, is much alarmed.

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Could it be that Adam Stephen takes GW’s place?

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Lt Colonel Adam Stephen just lost his command.

The Assembly voted there should be only one Colonel for the Virginia Regiment.

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And as far as Adam Stephen knows,  George Washington is still the Colonel

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But there’s a rumor.

Did GW resign ?

Maybe Captain Robert Stewart could take that position?

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And soon came out on December 31, 1758  a most beautiful appreciation signed by the men of Fort Loudoun with lament for the now gone leadership of a man like GW.

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Captain Robert Stewart writes from  Fort Loudoun, Decembr 29th 1758 his take on Lt Col Adam Stephen’s behavior:

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About 9 days ago Lt Colo. Stephens arrived here. I immediatly waited on him, shew’d him your Orders and offer’d to give them up to him as Commanding Officer

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but he before several Officers said that as he understood that the assembly had voted away the Lt Colo. he would no further be concern’d with the Command,2

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only to Sign the Discharges of the Drafts upon which I retain’d the Command till yesterday

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he without giving me the least notice, order’d the Adjutant to make him a Return of the Regiment, and that Jenkins might be got ready to go to Williamsbg—

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as I knew him, was at no loss to account for this extraordinary Behaviour,

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and plainly saw his Intentions by Signing the Discharges and Transmitting the Returns was to make it appear to the Governor and you that he Commanded while I did the Duty,

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therefore I desir’d he would either take the Sole Command or no part of it, the former he made choice off, as his being reduc’d was not given out in Orders,

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and I suppose till then he will be entitled to his Pay—should be vastly glad to know from you what is done in that affair and whether he is an officer in your Regiment or not? or if he is what his Rank is?

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Later on 23 January 1759

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Founders Online Footnote:

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Lt Gov Fauquier  (appointed 26 January 1758, took office 5 June 1758) wrote William Byrd on 23 Jan. 1759: “Colonel Washington has resigned his Command of the Virginia Forces (and is married to his agreeable Widow) This Command is intended for you, on Condition the Assembly, when it meets in February will restore the Officers and put the Regiment upon the former Establishment” (Reese, Fauquier description begins George Reese, ed. The Official Papers of Francis Fauquier, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, 1758–1768. 3 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1980–83. description ends , 1:158–59)

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This day, 31 December 1758

 

Colonel Washington RESIGNS from service in the French and Indian War

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See   “The humble Address of the Officers of Virginia Regiment”  to Colonel Washington

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Written in Captain Robert Stewart’s hand, written from Fort Loudoun, Winchester VA.

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See  George Washington’s response  10 January 1759

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Resolution of the House of Burgesses, 26 February 1759

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Col. William Byrd returned to Winchester in April to take command of the Virginia Regiment and was there as late as 4 June. Fauquier wrote Byrd in New York on 23 Jan. 1759 offering him the command of GW’s old regiment.   See Founders Online source.

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Lt. Edward Hubbard of the Virginia Regiment wrote  a letter to Bouquet on 9 March 1759 from Winchester: “The Virga Assembly have Voted the Recruiting this Regt to a Thousand. And I hear offer’d the Command to Col. Wm Byrd. Col Washington has Recievd the thanks of the House for his Services …”

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Washington resigned before.   In October 1754 Washington presents the expense account and resigns.

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Washington hired 14 May 1755 by Braddock directly, but only as an unpaid volunteer Aid de Camp, with hopes of maybe a British Commission.

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Washington serves as volunteer to Braddock but is officially rehired as a paid COLONEL of all of Virginia’s Regiments by Lt Gov Dinwiddie 14 August 1755.

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See 26 July 1755 letter from Lt Gov Dinwiddie to Washington after the Braddock Expedition.

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