October 1, 2013 Uncategorized

Leadership Matters

Leadership matters

When he arrived in Williamsburg and then Yorktown in September 17Wash & Roch BW 281, George Washington was hardly the eager general. New research has found that Comte de Rochambeau had to convince the Continental Army commander to give up hopes of fighting the British in New York and instead turn south to his native Virginia where Lafayette discovered Cornwallis. Washington knew nothing of siege warfare, which won the day at Yorktown, but he was a willing student of Rochambeau and an extraordinary leader who coordinated 17,000 men from multiple commands to outnumber Cornwallis by nearly double. Afterward, Washington correctly credited the French for the victory (especially at the Capes), but everyone took that as aristocratic humility.




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