Finegan, Jeffrey E.
COLONEL WASHINGTON AND ME- In 1768 George Washington purchases a young man who had been born into slavery. Washington has been a slave owner since age eleven. What develops is one of the more extraordinary relationships in American history. While most biographies on the first president mention the bond between George Washington and William Lee, Colonel Washington and Me is the first book dedicated solely to this story. The young reader travels through history as both men search for freedom on their incredible journey together. Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian at The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Historic Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Virginia, writes . . . “George Washington was a quiet, reserved man, who had few close friends and once advised a favorite nephew that “friendship is a plant of slow growth.” One of the people who knew Washington best was his enslaved valet, William Lee. Over more than thirty years together, Washington and Lee came to trust one another, as they hunted and travelled together, and most importantly, spent eight years on the battle fields and in military headquarters during the American Revolution. This beautifully illustrated book by Jeffrey Finegan tells the story of their relationship for a new generation of young people. It is a story that all Americans should know.” Colonel Washington and Me is the first in the "I knew George Washington" series which now includes 'Tis Well . . . The Life and Death of George Washington and My Dear General - The Extraordinary Relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette.