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This Glorious Struggle

George Washington's Revolutionary War Letters
edited by Edward G. Lengel

BUY Paper · 328 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813930237 · $21.50 · Aug 2010

George Washington wrote an astonishing number of letters, both personal and professional. The majority—about 140,000 documents—are from his years as commander in chief during the Revolutionary War, from 1775 to 1783. This Glorious Struggle presents a selection of Washington’s most important and interesting letters from that time, including many that have never before been published.


[Lengel’s] choices are superb, covering the highlights of Washington’s Revolutionary tenure while illustrating his extraordinary personality.

Library Journal

Lengel’s selection permits readers to trace the Revolutionary War as Washington experienced it.


[This Glorious Struggle] is a history of the war at first hand by its most important participant, presented by a scholar who is both an expert on the subject and a master of his craft.

Journal of Military History

Man of destiny and hands-on commander, this is the Washington revealed in the extraordinary collection of letters written, and general orders issued, during the Revolutionary War, and assembled—with excellent context-setting notes, and the original spelling and style—in This Glorious Struggle, by University of Virginia professor Edward G. Lengel.... The documents stand as the raw material of history. But they also offer, in the flirtatious notes to female admirers and the ruffled-feathers communications to British commanders, a very personal portrait.

The Boston Globe

About the Author(s): 

Edward G. Lengel is Professor and Senior Editor of the Papers of George Washington at University of Virginia. He is the author of several books, including General George Washington: A Military Life and To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918.

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