Washington Under the British Flag (1909)
Drama | Short
George Washington was born In 1732, received a plain but practical education at the district schools and later at an academy, much of his learning, however, coming from the teachings of his older brother, who was educated in England. We find the subject of our picture at the age of 16 on a surveying expedition with George William Fairfax. The day's work ended, the party of surveyors camps for the night. We see the Indians stealing upon them and Washington's early ability as a soldier is here testified to by putting the Indians to flight. At this period both the English and French were claiming lands in the Ohio Valley. The war spirit is manifest especially in Virginia and through the intervention of his brother, Washington received the appointment of Adjutant General and in this capacity is seen on a mission to the French, where he was received indifferently, presumably on account of his youthful appearance. Preparations for war were begun and at the death of Colonel Frye the command of the regiment devolved on Washington. We find him at Fort Necessity, a palisade built of rough logs and probably named from the prevailing conditions of the time, endeavoring to repel an attack of the French. Being greatly outnumbered, he was forced to surrender at Great Meadows. Shortly after this Washington resigned his commission and returned to his mother's home at Mount Vernon. The acts of French hostility had aroused the attention of the British Minister and preparations for military operations in America were at once begun, General Edward Braddock being placed in charge of the forces in the Colonies. Reaching America, Braddock quickly learned of Washington's merits as a soldier and immediately invited him to join his staff. Despite the entreaties of his mother, Washington could not resist this plea to him and he immediately reported to Braddock at Alexandria. The march to Fort Duquesne, the present site of Pittsburg, was begun. Washington's knowledge of the country and the mode of warfare, suggested to his superior the sending out of scouting parties. Braddock, however, would not listen and in consequence his men were shot down mercilessly, his forces completely routed and Braddock himself mortally wounded. A year the death of Braddock Washington was appointed commander-in-chief of the forces in the Colonies and after recovering from an illness he set out at once to capture Fort Duquesne. The French commander, finding himself outnumbered, waited until the English army was within a short distance of the fort, took his troops away during the night and set fire to the fort. The following day Washington marched up and planted the British flag on the ruins. The capture of Fort Duquesne practically terminated the military career of Washington as a British soldier. Before starting on this last campaign Washington met the rich and charming widow, Mrs. Martha Custis, who was immediately smitten. He improved every opportunity to press his suit so, that before he left for Fort Duquesne they were engaged, the marriage to take place upon his return. The ceremony took place at the residence of the bride on January 6, 1759.
Director:J. Stuart Blackton