Pre-Guest Speaker Notes:
ARRT-R’s next meeting is scheduled for 1/27/21 at 6:30 p.m. This is a zoom meeting! Sign in
details will be provided in the January newsletter. Thanks again to Peggy Watson for allowing us to utilize the Osher network.
ARRT-R’s featured speaker on 1/27/21 will be Ed Lengel. Mr. Lengel will be speaking on “New Thoughts on Valley Forge”.
Mr. Lengel is a historian in residence at Colonial Williamsburg, and previously served as Chief Historian of The White House Historical Association. Before that, Lengel was Editor-in-Chief of The Papers of George Washington and Professor at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Lengel is the author most recently of Never In Finer Company: The Men of the Great War’s Lost Battalion. He is also author of Thunder and Flames: Americans in the Crucible of Combat, 1917-1918 (2015), To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918 (2008), and This Glorious Struggle: George Washington's Revolutionary War letters (2007). His book General George Washington: A Military Life was a finalist for the 2006 George Washington Book Prize.
Guest Speaker – Jeff Dacus – “Washington’s Family: The Aides and Secretaries Who helped Him Through the War”
--Washington to Lee
During the war 32 men served Washington as Aides. Aides were appointed by Congress.
Tench Tilghman was Washington’s favorite aide. He was from Maryland and served as an aide for 4 years without leave or salary.
The Common Background of Washington’s Aides:
11 from Virginia
5 from Massachusetts
4 each from New York and Connecticut
3 each from Maryland and Pennsylvania
1 from South Carolina
1 from France
Only 7 states represented
3 were born in Ireland
1 born in France
1 born in England
1 born in the British West Indies
2 were Washington’s nephews
1 was Washington’s stepson
Robert Hanson Harrison and George Johnston, Jr. were brothers in law
John and Jonathan Trumbull were brothers
William Grayson was James Monroe’s brother