George Washington: Commander-in-Chief

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Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
United States Military Academy
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Explore the secret behind George Washington’s military genius with an award-winning West Point history professor.

George Washington came to be known as Father of His Country. In his role as commander in chief of the Continental Army, George Washington defeated the British in the American Revolution and established the United States of America. Through his extraordinary military leadership, he guaranteed that the American Republic would move forward in its revolutionary experiment. So how was Washington able to win this seemingly unwinnable war?

This compelling 15-lecture audio course, presented by West Point history professor Seanegan Sculley, answers this and many more questions about one of the most foundational figures in American history. Professor Sculley explores Washington’s singular military career from its beginnings during the French and Indian War through the end of the Revolution.

After investigating Washington’s boyhood experiences and his service in the French and Indian War, you’ll look into the first years of the American Revolution, as he attempts to control a disorganized armed force with no institutional structure. Next, you’ll transition into the second half of the war, as Washington le

Explore the secret behind George Washington’s military genius with an award-winning West Point history professor.

George Washington came to be known as Father of His Country. In his role as commander in chief of the Continental Army, George Washington defeated the British in the American Revolution and established the United States of America. Through his extraordinary military leadership, he guaranteed that the American Republic would move forward in its revolutionary experiment. So how was Washington able to win this seemingly unwinnable war?

This compelling 15-lecture audio course, presented by West Point history professor Seanegan Sculley, answers this and many more questions about one of the most foundational figures in American history. Professor Sculley explores Washington’s singular military career from its beginnings during the French and Indian War through the end of the Revolution.

After investigating Washington’s boyhood experiences and his service in the French and Indian War, you’ll look into the first years of the American Revolution, as he attempts to control a disorganized armed force with no institutional structure. Next, you’ll transition into the second half of the war, as Washington learns from his mistakes and builds a more professional army capable of working with allies to defeat the British. Last, you’ll analyze his actions as a strategist and tactician, as a military administrator and commander, and finally as the first president of the United States wrestling with lingering issues from the War for Independence.

This publication was privately produced and is not the product of an official of the United States Army acting in an official capacity. The contents of this publication, including words, images, and opinions, are unofficial and not to be considered as the official views of the United States Military Academy, United States Army, or Department of Defense. Neither this publication nor its content are endorsed by the United States Military Academy, United States Army, or Department of Defense.

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Seanegan Sculley is a professor of history at the United States Military Academy and a colonel in the US Army. An expert in the history of the American Revolution, He earned his PhD at the University of Massachusetts. His first book, Contest for Liberty: Military Leadership in the Continental Army, 1775-1783, earned both the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for Best Institutional Army History for 2019 and the Harry M. Ward Book Prize for 2020.

This publication was privately produced and is not the product of an official of the United States Army acting in an official capacity. The contents of this publication, including words, images, and opinions, are unofficial and not to be considered as the official views of the United States Military Academy, United States Army, or Department of Defense. Neither this publication nor its content are endorsed by the United States Military Academy, United States Army, or Department of Defense.

Praise for Seanegan Sculley:

“For a colonial American to take on the finest troops Europe could put into the field was not a task for the faint-of-heart; but George Washington did so, and he ultimately prevailed in what many contemporaries thought was ‘almost a miracle.’ In an informative and highly engaging course, Col. Sculley explains how Washington’s long career in arms led to his rise as America’s first commander-in-chief and to iconic status in national history. Sculley is a master of his subject, much of which he presents with a light touch. You won’t find a better course on General George Washington.”
–Mark Edward Lender, Professor Emeritus of History, Kean University

“For anyone seeking path breaking insight about George Washington as a military leader, search no farther than this absorbing course presented by Col. Seanegan Sculley. Sculley’s riveting commentary is not only enlightening but also entertaining. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking for greater depth of knowledge about the life, times, and accomplishments of the foremost patriot military leader of the American Revolutionary era.”
–James Kirby Martin, Cullen University Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Houston 

“How to forge an army strong enough to win the War for Independence but disciplined enough not to threaten the liberty for which the war was fought? No one knows more about the ways in which George Washington empowered and restrained the Continental Army – as well as the new national government it made possible – than Sean Sculley.”
–Rob McDonald, Professor of History, United States Military Academy at West Point 

  1. Introduction and Washington’s Youth
  2. The Seven Years’ War Part 1: The Ohio Country
  3. The Seven Years’ War Part 2: The Virginia Regiment
  4. The Continental Army is Born: Philadelphia 1775
  5. Meeting a New England Army: Boston 1775
  6. A Year of Challenges: New York 1776
  7. And a Year of Success: New Jersey 1776-77
  8. Forming a New Continental Army: New York and Pennsylvania 1777
  9. And Keeping It: Valley Forge and the Hudson Highlands 1778-79
  10. The Need for Friends: Working With Foreign Allies 1777-81
  11. Keeping the Revolution Alive: West Point and Morristown 1779-1781
  12. Maintaining an Army in Waiting: The Hudson Highlands 1782-1783
  13. A New American Fabian? Washington as a Strategic Leader
  14. Building an Army and Keeping it Under Civilian Control 1775-83
  15. Self Consciously Making History: Lessons Learned from the Revolution 1788-1796

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