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Title: The General & Mrs. Washington: The Untold ...
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Publication Date: 2007
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition.
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Here is the story of the fateful marriage of the richest woman in Virginia and the man who could have been king. In telling their story, Chadwick explains not only their remarkable devotion to each other, but why the wealthiest couple in Virginia became revolutionaries who risked the loss of their vast estates and their very lives.
"One of George Washington's secret weapons in his rise to power and immortality was the extraordinary woman he married. The story of the half-century-long married love affair of George and Martha Washington is truly inspiring."
-Willard Sterne Randall, author of George Washington, A Life
"Chadwick puts a more human face on Washington by creating a very detailed portrait of how he and the outgoing Martha lived: their food, their slaves and servants, their health, their furniture, their daily life together."-USA Today
It was a lovely March afternoon in 1758 when the dashing, sixñfootñthree colonel decided to visit the home of an old friend who also had another visitor. She was barely five feet tall, twenty-seven years old and the richest widow in all of Virginia. Others were there. But the colonel and the widow only wanted to converse with each other. And they didóthroughout the afternoon and the evening. And when the guests awakened the next morning, they found them still talking.
So began a romance between George Washington and Martha Custis, a warm, compassionate and above all charming woman, that would last their lifetime. Though George never had children of his own, he was a loving parent to Marthaís daughter, an epileptic, and her son, who would find a tragic end.
This is the heartwarming, never-before-told story of their marriage. It evokes how Martha came to the aid of her husband and her fellow countrymen during the bitter winter months of the Revolution. Even in the harshest weather, when her husband and his army were ensconced in Valley Forge or Morristown, Martha would ride hundreds of miles from her home in Virginia to be with him and bring good cheer to his officers and soldiers. Often without food or enough clothes to keep them warm, they would never forget her and the candlelight of hope that emanated from her. The revolutionaries would come to see Martha not only as a kindred spirit, but as a beloved heroine.
The General and Mrs. Washington answers, too, why George and Martha, perhaps the wealthiest couple in the colonies, agreed to commit acts of treason against the king of England that surely could have ended in their deaths. This then is the story of a remarkable union that would give birth to the Union as we know it today.
Bruce Chadwick is a former journalist and the author of seven works of history including The First American Army, George Washingtonís War, Brother Against Brother, Two American Presidents, Traveling the Underground Railroad and The Reel Civil War. He lectures in American history at Rutgers University and also teaches writing at New Jersey City University.
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