05 Jul '17, 12am

George Washington had a terrible July 4th in 1754. Here's how it led to a new nation:

Soon after Gen. George Washington learned of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776, he wrote a letter to an old friend. He described how his poorly trained Continental Army was already surrounded by the British military. And he said he'd been thinking of the anniversary "of the escape we had" with "grateful remembrance." Washington was writing to the man who'd been his second-in-command in his very first battle, more than 20 years earlier. It had been a blunder-filled disaster. They were forced to surrender. But what happened that day triggered a chain of events that culminated decades later in the creation of a new nation, of which Washington would be the first president. A little stage-setting: If all you've heard about Washington's early years is the tale of the cherry tree, here's what you need to know. His dad died when he was 11, he idolized his...

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