Mid-week pep talk

by chuckofish

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“Once, during the Siege of Boston, when almost nothing was going right and General Schuyler had written from Albany to bemoan his troubles, Washington had replied that he understood but that ‘we must bear up against them, and make the best of mankind as they are, since we cannot have them as we wish.’ It was such resolve and an acceptance of mankind and circumstances as they were, not as he wished them to be, that continued to carry Washington through. ‘I will not however despair,’ he now wrote to Governor William Livingston.”

―David McCullough, 1776   

Old George Washington certainly was the Man. And check out that leopard skin saddle blanket. Do you think he really had one like that? Here’s another look.

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Well, he certainly looked great on a horse. Thomas Jefferson called Washington “the best horseman of his age, and the most graceful figure to ever be seen on horseback.”

Equestrian statue of Gen. Washington in Washington D.C., executed by sculptor Clark Mills, and dedicated on February 22, 1860 by President Buchanan.

Statue of Gen. Washington on horseback in Washington D.C., executed by sculptor Clark Mills, and dedicated on February 22, 1860 by President Buchanan.

Who doesn’t love a good equestrian statue?