George Washington: Commander-in-Chief

Podcast-style audio course - 15 Topics
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
United States Military Academy
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George Washington: Commander-in-Chief

Podcast-style audio course - 15 Topics
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
United States Military Academy
Audio Download + Subscription
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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.

  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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