This past week the [British] National Army Museum collected a bunch of experts to decide Britain’s Greatest Enemy Commander. Initially opened to Internet polling, George Washington won more than 40% of the vote and was amongst 20 people that would be voted on by experts. Of those 20 contenders, selected experts got up and made an argument for each. In the end, they would vote for George Washington. Washington defeated the likes of Michael Collins (of the Irish Republican Army), Rommel (The Desert Fox), and even Napoleon Bonaparte to claim the title. Of the 70 expert votes, Washington collected 30. The next placed finisher [Collins] would collect only 14 votes.
George Washington was recognized for taking-on the worlds most powerful military and turning a bunch of part time farmer, citizen, fighters into a professional military force. His greatest function was maintaining an army that had few provisions (such as shoes and food) and a chronically low morale. It is even more respectable an accomplishment when you are reminded that Washington was regularly out-foxed by the British Generals. Under his command, the American Army got off to a slow start but he kept it together and managed to force his opposition to crumble.
Washington IS America’s greatest General and Prime President, but we should always remember — first and foremost — that he was a Revolutionary.
“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.”
“The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.”
It is ironic that both of the selected quotes still have a place in American politics today, although the government that is posing a threat to Americans is no longer British.