George Washington is among the many heroes of the United States of America. He helped win the American Revolutionary War. He fought many battles, and was one of the most famous heroes of the American Revolution, maybe even the most famous. He had a half-brother, Lawrence, when he was young. Lawrence encouraged him to work in the military. Later in his life, Washington did join the military. He joined the British military. He quit later on to join the colonists. After the war, became the first president of the U.S.A.Washington’s ChildhoodGeorge Washington lived on a farm with his family, and his half-brother, Lawrence. King George III owned the colonies. Lawrence had used to work in the navy. When Lawrence left the navy, he got his own farm called Mount Vernon. Lawrence told George he would succeed in the military, but George refused and told his half-brother he had to work on the farm with his dad and his mom would not let him join the military.When George was eleven, in 1743, his father died. Now George looked up to Lawrence. His father left George a large farm called Ferry Farm. Lawrence asked George about the military again. He refused, saying he had to own the farm and take care of it. In 1751, Lawrence got a lung disease. Many months later, Lawrence died. This made George think. George was really wondering about the military.The British George Washington joined a British military. In the short time of two years, he was ranked just below captain. After the Boston Tea Party, the British closed the harbor it was at and enforced laws on everyone, not just the colonists who pushed the 342 of imported tea into the water of the harbor. This made Washington side up with the colonies, as the British were enforcing more laws and sending troops to the colonies to watch the colonists. On June 15, 1775, the second Continental Congress made Washington the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Washington did not want to be the leader. He thought the British were too powerful.At War After the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, the British had little supplies, and the Continental Army did not have many, either. The British had some supplies coming to them by sea. Washington’s army was searching for supplies. The two teams were at a draw. They could not do anything about it. The British were stuck in Boston, and Washington and his army did not have enough weapons to attack the British. In December, Washington’s men found some heavy artillery (large weapons on mounts or cannons) from Fort Trigondora, which was lightly guarded and had weapons inside. The artillery were all brought back by March. The next morning, the British woke up to find a bunch of guns and weapons pointed at them. They got up and sailed away. Later, Washington decided they needed another big victory to win the war. He planned an attack on Trenton on Christmas Day. The soldiers were transported over the Delaware River and hiked a nine-mile hike to Trenton. They arrived at dawn. As planned, the British were surprised and almost 900 prisoners were captured as well as many weapons and artillery. The British tried to fight back, but were forced to retreat. HelpDuring the winter, there were many casualties (being taken out of the army because of death, wounds, being captured, or missing). More than 4,000 men had no blankets, and many men were suffering disease and starvation. Prussian officer Baron von Steuben had come over and taught the soldiers many techniques and military drills. The army was getting stronger. In May, the French offered the Continental Army money and military aid. Spain entered the war, too. And the soldiers’ training created a disciplined army out of Washington’s soldiers.Last BattleWashington and his army quickly and secretly moved over to Yorktown. British ships were in the bay. 28 French ships sailed into the bay. The French fired their cannons. The British tried to fight back, but were defeated. Washington, his army, and the French army surrounded Yorktown. They had trapped the British, as they could not escape by land nor sea.On October 9, Washington and the two armies attacked Yorktown. Washington fired the first cannon. Cornwallis, a British Army officer, knew they had lost. Almost all of his soldiers were wounded or dead, and they were short on food, outnumbered, and surrounded. On October 17, Cornwallis sent an officer to wave a white handkerchief to signal defeat. On September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the war for good.ConclusionWashington resigned from the army on December 23, 1783. He did not want to be the king everyone thought he should be. He did not want to be another King George. He wanted to retire back to Mount Vernon. Six years after the war, he was called back to discuss the government of the nation. Washington was then elected first President of the United States.So, Washington lived a hard life, losing his dad and elder brother at a fairly young age. He joined the British military, and after the Boston Tea Party, joined the colonists. Later he was made the commander of the Continental Army. Then, the British got stuck in Boston and neither side of war had enough supplies to attack. Washington’s troops found weapons in Fort Trigondora. The British then sailed away, retreating.