Whiskey220: Militias, Lee and Washington ~ New on the Bryan William Brickner Blog

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Rebellion, militias and Washington’s Diaries are the focus found in the second posting of Whiskey 220, Ew Publishing’s October mini-series on the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. Political theorist Bryan W. Brickner offers some clarity for two common misnomers (one academic and one All-American) regarding George Washington and Henry Lee III.

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Clearly, George wasn’t the general: he chose and honored Henry Lee III with that All-American responsibility.

“George Washington was a soldier and general,” opened Bryan W. Brickner, “and as president, when he needed a general, he picked an All-American candidate, Henry Lee III.”

In the second installment of Ew Publishing’s October mini-series, Whiskey 220: Militias, Lee and Washington, hosted on the Bryan William Brickner Blog, the 1794 actions of President George Washington and General Henry Lee III are honored. Utilizing quotes and impressions from President George Washington’s Diaries (Library of Congress), the post offers clarification on two misnomers, one academic and one All-American, regarding the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.

“The academic misnomer,” Brickner explained, “is the idea that President Washington somehow became General Washington in October 1794. The evidence, in his Diaries, suggests otherwise; for example, President Washington writes of working with the troops and catches himself almost being General George once again.”

“Then there’s the ride on the 19th of October with General Lee,” Brickner continued, “as the two discuss plans for the Army during their day trip to Bedford Pennsylvania ~ and George has his family with him.”

“The idea President Washington became General Washington in October 1794,” closed Brickner, “is a double misnomer. It makes Washington look like he was doing more than being the executive, the commander-in-chief; it also makes General Lee’s contribution look less if Washington was in charge. Clearly, George wasn’t the general: he chose and honored Henry Lee III with that All-American responsibility.”

Brickner has a 1997 political science doctorate from Purdue University and is the author of several political theory books, to include: The Promise Keepers (1999), Article the first (2006), and The Book of the Is (2013). The Bryan William Brickner Blog is an ongoing resource for the political science of constitutions and the biological science of receptors.

Next Whiskey220: the October mini-series concludes Thursday, 23 October, with Representative Findley Distills We the People.

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