Monday, February 24, 2020

George Washington: A Biography

A review of George Washington: A Biography in Seven Volumes (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1948-54) by Douglas Southall Freeman

This is the definitive George Washington biography and is for the serious reader. The life of Washington is in chronological order. Think of this book as reading, rather than watching, a TV series about Washington.

If you decide to commit the time to read it do not pass over the page notes. If you do you will miss a wealth of information. From the page notes I learned of three unique books: one dealing with his journey from Mount Vernon to New York for his first inauguration, one dealing with his Southern tour in 1791, and one dealing with the eulogies to Washington after his death.


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    1. Indeed.

      Virginia Gentleman and branch water, Sur!

      My boyhood friend, Jay Adams, runs Bowman Distilleries, as he married into the family. His wife, Nina, was one of the most beautiful girls that I had ever seen, but there was a history of mental problems in the family, and unfortunately, she became afflicted. The last time I saw her, she put on a brave face, but it was heartbreaking for me. I treasure the silver clown bank they gave me.

      If you look on the back of the bottle, you will see Jay's name/signature along with RE Lee IV, who, by the way, was also a KA. I was once proud of being one, but even the KA national has become PC driven, and my last exchange of letters with the powers to be, left no path for reconciliation.

      During Hell Week, as a KA at Randolph-Macon, Ashland, Virginia, the pledges had to defend the Battle Flag that flew from a telephone post in the backyard of the fraternity house for 24 hours a day from pledges of other fraternities. Our class suffered one broken leg in defense of such. A fitting defense in honor of our ancestors!