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George Washington, the founder of our country, was a "big queen," says author Author Larry Kramer claims Alexander Hamilton was gay. During the American Revolutionary War (), Alexander Hamilton became aide-de-camp to George Washington, before gaining military. To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 5 April of February The late Queen of France was also put to Death after a Trial & Condemnation
The American stand at Brandywine Creek almost proved fatal, but there was no other alternative for Washington.
During the nine months that remained in the Philadelphia Campaign, Hamilton was deployed on missions of major importance on the request of General Washington. When General Washington decided to keep his army between Howe and the Continental Army's supply line deeper in Pennsylvania, he sent Hamilton on a mission to destroy a supply of flour and prevent other supplies from falling into British hands as they marched toward Philadelphia. Hamilton now led a group of eight cavalrymen which included Captain Henry Lee, and was about to burn the mill at the small village of Valley Forge when two sentries fired warning shots from their posts.
The force of British Cavalry, largely outnumbering Hamilton's force, at first chased Captain Lee who took flight across the millrace with a pair of mounted American cavalry.
The British dragoons gave up the chase with Lee and went after Hamilton. While Hamilton attempted to cross the Schuylkill River in a scow, the green-coated dragoons fired numerous volleys at him and the remainder of his party. The musketry wounded one man, killed another, and crippled Hamilton's horse. Hamilton had no choice but to swim to the other side of the river whereafter he wrote to John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, the British had potential to be in Philadelphia that evening.
Upon returning to Washington's headquarters, Hamilton was chagrined to find out that he had been given up for a casualty by word of Lee. Meanwhile, the Continental Congress and Philadelphia patriots were in a panic, securing valuables, and leaving the city. The British did not enter the city that night, or within even within the next week. Hamilton's next mission was to go into Philadelphia and obtain shoes, blankets, clothing, and other important supplies for the Continental Army.
On September 26, the British under Howe finally marched into Philadelphia. Hamilton's missions were not completely over, however, and after the Battle of Germantown was fought in Octoberhe was sent north to New York.
Gates was reluctant to send reinforcements to Washington, and when Gates would not acknowledge Washington's request through dispatch, Hamilton was hurried into negotiations. By the time reinforcements had arrived to bolster Washington's numbers, Fort Mifflin and Fort Mercer had fallen into British hands, and the Royal Navy had complete access to the Delaware River and could supply the occupying army at Philadelphia shipping ports.Meet the British cast of London's "Hamilton"
Hamilton would spend the remainder of the winter at Valley Forge in Washington's Headquarters at one of the homes of Isaac Potts, next to where he experienced the near deadly encounter with green-coated British dragoons the previous autumn.
After the trying winter at Valley Forge and the formal alliance with France, Hamilton observed the Continental Army as it became nearly victorious over the Redcoats at the Battle of Monmouth. Hamilton and Lafayette were close behind General Washington on the battle line as he rallied the Continentals to near victory. Hamilton was described during the battle as " General Washington and Colonel Hamilton had a falling out in the spring ofand Hamilton resigned as an aide to the Commander-in-Chief.
Eventually he was given an independent command and during Yorktown campaign, he commanded the capture of a strategic fortification redoubt 10at the siege of Yorktown, Virginia. Following the capitulation of General Cornwallis and his army at Yorktown, Hamilton was appointed a member of Congress. He worked closely with fellow New Yorker, Gouveneur Morris, in financing the fledgling national government. Hamilton's steady work with the colonial assembly in congress sums up his wartime activity.
His rapid advancement from the Caribbean islands, to college in New York, and the experience he obtained in the Continental Army especially as an aide to Washington continued with his tremendous influence during the framing of the Constitution, and beyond. The extraordinary achievements he made during the War for American Independence impressed not a few.
Alexander Hamilton's contributions to the United States during this early period will not be forgotten any time soon. A Biography in His Own Words. Battles of the Revolutionary War.
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Little, Brown and Company, He arrived to find Washington glaring down at him from the top of a staircase, declaring that Hamilton treated him with "disrespect. Letters written in the aftermath show an injured young man's venom; for "three years past I have felt no friendship for [him] and have professed none. Hamilton left active service a mere two months later, and for a few years his correspondence with Washington became sporadic.
But Hamilton's legal and financial achievements in the s, as well as his key role in the authorship of The Federalist, did not escape notice, and after becoming the nation's first president inWashington tapped Hamilton to be his Treasury Secretary.
Prime Minister This time, perhaps because Hamilton occupied a less subordinate position and Washington made no claim to extensive economic knowledge, their collaboration truly flourished.
With Washington's support, Hamilton acted as de facto prime minister for the new government, running both the Treasury and Customs Service and convincing the president to approve ideas, like a national bank, that were bitterly opposed by other Cabinet members. The president's popularity provided Hamilton with cover from critics who otherwise might have been able to sabotage his policies. Even after he left government service, Hamilton continued to work with Washington, drafting much of Washington's celebrated farewell address.
An esteem grew between the men, even if it never rose to great personal warmth. During the height of popular scandal over the public disclosure of Hamilton's affair with Maria Reynolds, Washington sent his former aide wine and his expression of "sincere regard and friendship. That's about all the evidence I could find. I imagine some people are convinced that Hamilton was black.
Others may think I've offered little or no evidence at all. Remember, there's no proof that Hamilton was white. Nobody knows what race Hamilton, his political critics probably didn't and it's possible that Hamilton himself was never sure. Certainty could only be determined by a genetic test. Some people might argue that Hamilton's race doesn't matter.
Clearly, race meant something during Hamilton's time. But even today people of try to accumulate long lists of great individuals of their own race so they can feel proud of their race, or sometimes so they can feel superior to other races.
So Hamilton's race remains an uncertainty that is important for people. What is certain is that Hamilton's achievements were important and affect us today. That he was born a soon to be orphaned bastard on a tiny island makes his life more incredible.
So does the fact that he was brutally criticized, perhaps simply for being an outsider all the important founding fathers were born in America or perhaps because of his race. He was an important military, political and economic figure, he was one of the few who advocated treating an unfavorably viewed group as the equals. His struggle and achievements are similar and important to millions of African-Americans, regardless of whether he was of African descent.