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WASHINGTON AND THE AMERICAN ARMY
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

"Washington had not been long at the head of the army," proceeded Grandfather, "before his soldiers thought as highly of him as if he had led them to a hundred victories. They knew that he was the very man whom the country needed, and the only one who could bring them safely through the great contest against the might of England. They put entire confidence in his courage, wisdom, and integrity."
" And were they not eager to follow him against the British?" asked Charley.
" Doubtless they would have gone whithersoever his sword pointed the way," answered Grandfather, "and Washington was anxious to make a decisive assault upon the enemy. But, as the enterprise was very hazardous, he called a council of all the generals in the army. Accordingly, they came from their different posts and were ushered into the reception-room. The Commander-in-chief arose from our great chair to greet them."
" What were their names?" asked Charley.
"There was General Artemas Ward," replied Grandfather, "a lawyer by profession. He had commanded the troops before Washington's arrival. Another was General Charles Lee, who had been a colonel in the English army and was thought to possess vast military science. He came to the council followed by two or three dogs which were always at his heels. There was General Putnam, too, who was known all over New England by the name of Old Put."
" Was it he who killed the wolf?" inquired Charley.
" The same," said Grandfather; "and he had done good service in the Old French War. His occupation was that of a farmer, but he left his plow in the furrow at the news of Lexington battle. Then there was General Gates, who afterwards gained great renown at Saratoga and lost it again

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