George Washington's Military Career

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George Washington’s military career began in 1753 , as did the road to him becoming the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and subsequently the first president of the United States. The Governor of Virginia learned of French movement from Canada to the area near the Ohio River, where they set up fortifications. This point was strategically vital, as it was the gateway to the Ohio Valley. Sent by the governor to challenge French claims on the area, Washington returned with a reputation. Washington was dispatched to the Allegheny River Valley again as a lieutenant colonel to enforce Virginia’s claims. With 150 men under his command, he clashed with French and Indian troops, killing the French commander. After becoming surrounded by French

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