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George Washington Career Timeline

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August 14, 2015 all-day
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George Washington Rehired 14 August 1755

Compiled by Jim Moyer  2015, updated 8/13/2017

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Hire and Resign Dates Summarized

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Hire and Resign Dates Summarized

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30 October 1753Commission from Lt Gov Dinwiddie.  Washington becomes Adjutant for the Southern District and has rank of Major.

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20 March 1754  Lieutenant Colonel’s commission from Dinwiddie

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4 June 1754 Lt Gov Dinwiddie still in Winchester VA, sends Washington his promotion to Commander of the VA Regiment with Innes as overall commander of the united forces from North Carolina, VA, MD.

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October 1754: Washington presents the expense account and resigns.

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Braddock appointed GW his third aide-de-camp on 10 May 1755, the day that the general and GW arrived at Fort Cumberland.  This is an unpaid position for GW.  He volunteers for opportunity.

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August 14, 1755:  After the Braddock Campaign ended in disaster Washington was reappointed by Virginia. George Washington is appointed Colonel and Commander in Chief of all Virginia Regiments.   This Founders Online Link surmises GW takes the reigns most likely September 1, 1755.

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Colonel Washington RESIGNS from service in the French and Indian War

31 December 1758

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Chronology before the rehire:

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10 June 1752: Lt Gov Dinwiddie receives request for job by George Washington.

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25 October 1752: GW quits the profession of surveying after the last survey

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13 December 1752: Lt Gov Dinwiddie and Council create adjutant for the Southern District 

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30 October 1753: Commission from Lt Gov Dinwiddie.  Washington becomes Adjutant for the Southern District and has rank of Major.

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First adventurous Journey to “Ohio Country”

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31 October 1753 to 16 January 1754

Washington delivers message to French to leave. The story in this excellent link  is printed in London and was printed in Maryland Gazette 21 & 28 March 1754 and the Boston Gazette 16 April–21 May 1754.

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Highlights consist of meeting Indians at Logstown, French manipulating Indians to stay and not leave with Washington, being shot at and Washington falling in an icy river and staying overnight on an island. This is a lively story. A wonderful one to dazzle children and adults. A video game, Assassin’s Creed popularizes this trip Washington and Gist makes coming back in the icy waters.  Christopher Gist writes of this trip too. His story starts in Will’s Creek (Fort Cumberland) meeting up with Washington and ends back at Wills Creek.

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Links for Washington’s first trip to the “Ohio country.”

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1. Founders Online, excellent footnotes to this first trip.

2. Archive.org link, literally a page turner  Printed in London.

3. Digital Link file. Ctrl F to find anything to research.

4. Christopher Gist’s journal  14 Nov 1753  to 6 Jan 1754.

5. Life Magazine article on Washington’s journey

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By the way, Christopher Gist  begot Nathaniel Gist who begot Sequoyah, the creator of the Cherokee Alphabet.

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Guyasuta (c.1725–c.1794) was an important leader of the Seneca was on this trip with Washington

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Guyasuta

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Founders Online review of interim leading up to this 2nd journey

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February-March 1754 letter from Washington to Corbin, Royal Council member: “…you gave me some room to hope for a commission above that of a Major, and to be ranked among the chief officers of this expedition…”

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20 March 1754  Lieutenant Colonel’s commission from Dinwiddie

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October 1754: Washington presents the expense account and resigns.

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Second Adventurous Journey

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31 March 1754 to 27 June 1754  views of Washington’s journal:

1. Founders Online Washington’s journal  of the 2nd expedition.

2. Library of Congress Washington Diaries link of same.

3. Archive.org page turner of same, published 1893

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Edward Ward, an Ensign in a militia company under Captain William Trent in the pay of Virginia tells of Captain William Trent’s exploits during Washington’s 2nd expedition

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17 April 1754 Edward Ward surrenders to the French the fort Trent’s forces built at the Ohio forks. See entry of 23 April 1754 War Council at Fort Cumberland at bottom of page on this.

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4 May 1754 Lt Gov Dinwiddie writes to Lt Col Washington to have Capt Trent and Lt Fraser courtmartialed and states this to Col Joshua Fry too.

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20 May 1754 Lt Gov Dinwiddie in Winchester VA awaiting the Twightwees (Miami Indians) , 25 May 1754 letter1 June 1754 letter, same day 2nd letter,  2 June 1754 stating rum is coming and a speech for Half King and meeting with prisoner La Force and other prisoners from the Jumonville Incident

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28 May 1754 Killing of Joseph Coulon de Villiers, Sieur de Jumonville

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29 May 1754 Washington describes Jumonville Incident to Col Joshua Fry

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31 May 1754 Joshua Fry, Commander in Chief, falls off horse, dies

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4 June 1754 Lt Gov Dinwiddie still in Winchester VA, sends Washington his promotion to Commander of the VA Regiment with Innes as overall commander of the united forces from North Carolina, VA, MD.

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3 July 1754 Journal ends before defeat of Washington at Fort Necessity.  See roster of men there.

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 surrender fort necessity discussion

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October 1754: Washington presents the expense account and resigns.

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As unpaid volunteer for Braddock Expedition

George Washington  later in 1755, taking the role of an assistant to General Braddock.

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Braddock appointed GW his third aide-de-camp on 10 May 1755, the day that the general and GW arrived at Fort Cumberland.

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9 July 1755  Defeat of Braddock

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18 July 1755 Washington arrives in Fort Cumberland, writes to Lt Gov Dinwiddie about the Defeat

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26 July 1755:  From Lt Gov Dinwiddie to Washington hoping they can regroup and re-attack:

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“But pray Sr wth the Numbr of Men remaing is there no Possibility of doing somethg the other Side of the Mounts (mountains). before the Winter Months—I have wrote Colo. Dunbar on this head3 & if the private Men have got over their Panick I think they may do a good deal as I suppose many of the Fr. (French) will immediately go up the River Ohio as they will not expect any Attack from this so soon after the late Defeat. Pray write me Yr Opinion thereon”

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Chronology After the Rehire

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August 14, 1755:  After the Braddock Campaign ended in disaster Washington was reappointed by Virginia. George Washington is appointed Colonel and Commander in Chief of all Virginia Regiments.

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This Founders Online Link surmises GW takes the reigns most likely September 1, 1755.

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Summary of below links 

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I. Commission, 14 August 1755

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II. Instructions from Robert Dinwiddie, 14 August 1755

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III. Memorandum from Robert Dinwiddie

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From George Washington to Robert Dinwiddie, 11 September 1755

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To George Washington from Robert Dinwiddie, 17 September 1755

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8 October 1755: From George Washington to Robert Dinwiddie,   Washington arrives in Fredericksburg VA

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11–14 October 1755: From George Washington to Robert Dinwiddie,    Washington arrives in Winchester VA

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17 October 1755: From George Washington to Robert Dinwiddie,

Washington still in Winchester VA. Needing Captain Andrew Montour.

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18 October 1755: To George Washington from Robert Dinwiddie

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25 October 1755: To George Washington from Robert Dinwiddie

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Here are 2 links listing all the letters back and forth on this rehiring:

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Link 1

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Link 2

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Colonel Washington RESIGNS from service in the French and Indian War

31 December 1758

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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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10 January 1759: See  George Washington’s response  

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26 February 1759: Resolution of the House of Burgesses,

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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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9 March 1759Lt. Edward Hubbard of the Virginia Regiment wrote  a letter to Bouquet on 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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