George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986)
Director: William A. Graham.
Starring: Barry Bostwick (George Washington), Patty Duke (Martha Washington), Jeffrey Jones (Thomas Jefferson), Richard Bekins (Alexander Hamilton), Penny Fuller (Eliza Powel), Marcia Cross (Anne Bingham), Norman Snow (Edmond Randolph), Lise Hilboldt (Maria Reynolds), Robert Kelly (James Monroe), Haviland Morris (Henrietta Liston), Daniel Davis (Patrick Henry), Sam Tsoutsouvas (Citizen Genet), Farnham Scott (General Knox), Leo Burmester (Eban Krutch), Guy Paul (James Madison).
TV miniseries with Barry Bostwick as Washington; interesting too because it is Viggo Mortensen's first film
Mini-Series Part I. From Washington's childhood to the last Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown, Virginia and the last farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York City.
George Washington is a young boy being taught how to sword fight by his half brother Lawrence.
1743, Mount Vernon, Virginia. The family listens to the reading of the will of George's father. Most of the inheritance goes to the two son by the first mother. George's mother feels cheated by the will. All she got was Ferry Farm. She comments: "If I never see the other Washingtons again, it will be too soon." She dismisses Ferry Farm and "nothing".
Some years later. George is a young man now. His brother asks him if he would rather be a surveyor or a soldier? He says maybe he will be both.
Lawrence Fairfax pays a visit to Ferry Farm. George is delighted to see him. Lawrence wants to take George up to see Williamsburg. Mother says they are the poor relatives and must work all the time. There's not time to be spent frivolously in the cities. Lawrence owns Mount Vernon, which was originally called Hunting Creek. Lawrence has more news. The Washingtons are all invited to his marriage to Anne Fairfax.
At the wedding, George gets invited to be to go fox hunting with the Fairfax family. Will Fairfax gives George the riding outfit, including the boots, for the hunt. George thoroughly enjoys the hunt.
Lord Fairfax is the one man who owns millions of acres of land, in fact, he even owns the land on which Will's father has his home. And the Lord wants to go out hunting immediately, without being introduced to everyone first. So they go out riding with George Washington in attendance.
Back at Ferry Farm, Will Fairfax pay a visit to George. He tells George that Lord Fairfax, Will's uncle, wants a survey done of his property. Will be on the expedition and he wants George to come along with him to the foot of the Shenandoah. George's mother says no for George, that is, until Will tells her that George will earn a shilling a day. Now mother allows George to go.
The three men on the expedition have dinner at an Inn. The Will and George meet a wild man known as Caleb Quinn guide and trapper.
On the next day's journey, Will's horse trips and throws him down a hill side. He hurts his leg. George runs down the hill to rescue Will. When George gets Will back up the hill, they see two Indians. Will has ripped the bottom of his pants and the Indians gets a good laugh out of that. The Indians are the guides for the expedition.
George start taking survey measurements. The Indians have George use a bow and arrow to try to kill a deer for supper, but as George pulls back the bow string, the bow just breaks into two pieces. The two white men suffer from the use of their heavy boots. So they switch to moccasins.
Back home, George regales his siblings with tales about the Indians. Mother scolds George for keeping the young ones awake lone past their bedtime.
Will and Lawrence have both been elected to Virginia's House of Burgesses. The two been travel together to Williamsburg.
George is going to take Lord Fairfax out to the foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains.
Will and Lawrence come home. Will has brought back with him a young lady known as Sally Kerry, who he intends to marry. George is smitten by her beauty.
Lawrence becomes very sick. He insists that George take his wife to the big ball, while he rests in bed. At the ball Sally asks George to dance with her. George is nervous about dancing, but Sally just keeps encouraging him to dance with her. So he dances with a little help from Sally. After the dance, she teaches George the language of a lady's fan maneuvers.
Williamsburg, Virginia. The Governor's Palace. George speaks to GovernorDinwiddie. He has a letter of recommendation from Lord Thomas Fairfax that George be named to succeed his brother Lawrence as adjutant for Virginia. The Governor says that he is thinking of making George the adjutant for military district number four, the smallest district. George will be given the rank of Major. And the Governor has an important task for George. The French are trespassing on British soil in the Ohio Valley. The King of England wants the Governor to send out an emissary to the French demanding that they depart.
Washington gets a guide, Caleb Quinn, and an interpreter. They reach a French fort. The fort commander says that he and George could be starting a war.
Washington waits for an answer from the commander's superior officers. The reply: "This territory is French."
George returns and goes to see Will. He tells Will and Lord Fairfax that St. Pierre was charming for a Frenchman. He adds: "We are to fight the French." The House of Burgesses will fund a regiment of 300 men. They will enlist Catawba and Cherokee Indians for the Carolinas and three companies of British regulars will be provided by the other colonies. Colonel Joshua Fry is commanding officer and Washington will be second in command as Lt. Colonel.
George speaks with Caleb and his interpreter. Their mission is to strengthen the garrison on the Monongahela River. Colonel Fry has not yet reached the camp. So Washington decides to go after the French with his men. They find a French encmapment and attack it.
In a large meeting with the Governor a politician says that they young George Washington has murdered an ambassador. The Governor reads from Washington's letter that they killed ten and to twenty prisoners. The politician says: "No state of war exists between England and France." That starts a big argument around the table.
Fort Necessity, Virginia Frontier. British regulars are arriving. The leaders is Captain James McKay. Washington and McKay argue about which of them is in true command of the forces. Caleb interrupts them when he comes in saying that the French are coming their waytoward the half-built Fort Necessity.
Washington has hismen throw up some hastily built log and dirt earthworks, but the enemy is just too many, and Washington surrenders. When Washington returns, the Governor tells him that, according to the French, Washington assassinated the French leader Jumonvilje. The French have tricked Washington into signing a confession of murder, which means that Washington has given the French the legal right to break the peace and declare war on us. The Governor says he is appointing commanders for ten different, separate companies. Washington can be one of those commanders, but he is reduced in rank from Colonel to Captain.
Washington says before the battle he thought war was sort of romantic, but no he knows it all comes down to blood. He tells Will Fairfax that he's quitting the army.
Washington goes to Will's father and asks him he would lease Mount Vernon to him, but the father says he thought Washington was going to be a military man. Washington says he is a farmer now. So, the man leases the land to George. And if Ann should die, Washington will have the land free and free.
1755 Mount Vernon. Sally Fairfax pays a visit to George demand an explanation for his not coming around to their place. He says he wanted to wait until he finished the work on Mount Vernon. He takes her on a tour of the place. As they walk, Sally asks George about what king of woman is George looking for in a wife? George is interrupted by the arrival of Will Fairfax. He invites George over for dinner because the colony is full of talk about the appointment of a General Edward Braddock and two regiments of British regulars to be the commander of the forces in Virginia against the French. His orders are to take the French Fort Duquesne in today's downtown Pittsburgh.
Braddock's Headquarters, Alexandria, Virginia. Braddock tells Washington that he wants him along with him because he has already fought the French and he fought against Governor Dinwiddie. He will make Washington a civilian without rank. Washington accepts.
Washington's mother comes to visit at Mount Vernon to scold her two oldest boy for spending all their time at Mount Vernon and not helping her with her work at Ferry Farm. She says right out that George is ungrateful.
George tells her to stay at Mount Vernon, while he is away fighting the French. Mother accepts. George leaves. He says goodbye to Will and his father.Sally asks him why is he really leaving? He says he enjoys her company far too much. She says they are just friends, and Washington says he has to leave.
Braddock's Headquarters. George speaks out at a meeting with Braddock and his officers. He says they shouldn't take so much heavy ordinance through woods and over mountains. And the British forces will be up against not French regulars, but French Canadians and Indians and they will be using Indian tactics. They will fight small skirmishes in lightning raids and many of them. The British officers don't like George telling them what they should be doing and speak out against the colonial's advice. Braddock him says wars are won by precision and discipline. One officer says that wild talk about what barbarians the Indians can be and it's dangerous talk.
Washington shows Braddock two of his axmen killed by the Indians. Braddock scolds Washington for bringing the dead men right into the camp. He doesn't want his men to see the dead fellows. Braddock tells Washington to bury the bodies out in the woods and then return to him before mess.
Braddock sends Washington back to Williamsburg to get 4,000 pounds sterling so he can pay his men. George gets the money then rides to Will's house, but Will is in Williamsburg. So George talks with Sally. She wants him to say, so he has to tell her straight out that he can't stay. He has to get back to Braddock and needs a fresh horse. She gives Washington their sturdiest horse Duke. Sally tells him to write her via her sister in Alexandria. He tells her he tried not to come back. She says that's alright. He leaves.
Washington gets back just in time for the army to move out. Braddock makes him stay behind and rest in the General's his own tent and bed. Washington refuses to stay behind.
The advance party are ambushed by the French Indians. As the soldier survivors run back to the main force, it's plain to see that they are very frightened. Braddock tries to stop the men from running through his ranks, but he has little success. And now here comes the main body of French and Indians and they are definitely not in any kind of formation. The French take cover while the British group together in the open, which almost guarantees each French bullet hits a target. Washington tells the men to get down and take cover. Braddock insist on trying to attack the French. He himself charges ahead. He is hit but a bullet and falls from his horse. Washington goes over to him as fast as his leg, hurt by his horse falling upon the leg, can carry him. He yells to Caleb to get a cart for Braddock. The British soldiers start running away from the battlefield. Washington keeps telling the men to keep moving.
Gen. Braddock dies in the cart on the retreat. His body is buried right in the middle of the road back.
Now the Governor wants to institute a draft to create a Virginia militia to help stop any French incursions into the heart of Virginia's settlements. He appoints Washington as colonel of the militia. The George dances with Sally at the formal ball.
Sally pushes George to search for the new Mistress of Mount Vernon. At the dance Washington is introduced to Daniel Park Custis and his wife Martha.
1757. Philadelphia State House. Washington clashes mightily with His Lordship in Philadelphia. The British fellow seems not to care at all what a colonist thinks about military tactics because they have not been trained in European style ways of war. Washington says he has more experience fighting the Indians than any other man in the colonies. Yes, but Washington has met with very little actual success on the battlefield.
Washington is furious with His Lordship looking down his nose at him. His aides asks him to calm down because he still has a bit of the fever left over from his illness. They says he does want to happen to him what happened to Daniel Park Custis. The man has died, leaving his wife Martha a widow.
Washington goes to Martha's home to offer his condolences. She's happy to see him. When he sees that others are with her, he tries to leave, but he mentions not feeling well, and Martha now prepares a tonic for him. He says he must go, and Martha walks him out to his horse. He asks her if he can see her on another occasion and she says yes.
Working at his desk, Washington collapses. He now rests in his bed at Mount Vernon. Sally Fairfax comes to see him. Her husband Will is in England seeing to his inheritance after the death of his father. Sally comes everyday to see to Washington. On one occasion he grabs onto Sally and embraces her passionately.
When Washington is better he visits with Mrs. Washington. He enjoys her children, Jackie and Patsy. And he enjoys his visits with Martha.
Will is back home and George will be going back to war -- to Fort Duquesne. He asks Will for a favor. Would Will please oversee the work on the expansion of the buildings at Mount Vernon? Will says yes. The reason for the urgency is that he may be bringing a bride with him when he comes back to Mount Vernon.
Martha Custis tells Washington that she will marry him when he comes back.
In camp Washington writes a note for Sally saying farewell to her. Sally reads the note with tears in her eyes.
When Washington looks over the French fort from a bluff, he see that the French have burned their own fort down. And this fort was the last fort before the northern border with Canada. Washington says now his military career is over. He wanted to get vengeance by taking the French fort by force, but now all that is no longer possible. And now Virginia is safe.
Back home Martha and George marry. After a honeymoon, they take a carriage ride to Mount Vernon.
1764. Five years later. Anne Fairfax is now deceased and Mount Vernon belongs to Washington. Washington is now a member of the House of Burgesses. His friend George Mason tells Washington that lately he has not been attending many of the meetings, but he wants Washington there at the next meeting. He has learned that Lord Grenville intends to proceed with his stamp tax on the colonies.
House of Burgesses. George introduces a bill to control the pigs of Virginia Colony. The bill gets quite a few laughs. George Mason gives him heck for talking about such a trivial matter when the colonies are facing Grenville's stamp tax. Washington doesn't really want to fire up further resistance to the British taxes. He says he has done his service for Virginia and he wants to leave this fight to others.
In the House of Burgesses, Patrick Henry gets up and says: "If this be treason, make the most of it." George is shocked at the hot climate of political dispute.
George is going to meet Will Fairfax in Annapolis. He talks to his mother about her leaving Ferry Farm. She says she will go no place where she can't be the mistress of the house. She intends to die at Ferry Farm. George finds his mother as exasperating as ever.
1765, Annapolis, Maryland. A crowd of very angry men beset the home of a British government worker for the stamp tax. Will is there and he tells the people that Zachariah Hood was only doing his duty and now he's gone, so the men must leave the house alone. The men grab Will and rough him up, while other men set the house on fire. George arrives just in time to save Will. He pushes his way past the men to grab Will and bring him out from the clutches of the mob.
The stamp act is repealed. Will tells the Governor to thank the King for the repeal of the stamp act. This upsets George and he tells Will that the King didn't repeal the act out of the kindness of his soul, but from the necessity of restoring revenues that were lessened by all the loud protests from the colonies. Sally intervenes and tells the men not to argue about this matter. They are at a dance and she wants to enjoy the music and the dancing. Will dances with Martha and George dances with Sally. They speak of older times.
Washington shows George Mason a new litter of puppies from one of the coon dogs. Patsy comes over with her girlfriends to see the puppies. Patsy almost faints, but George grabs her. She tells him that she's alright, but George is not sure about that.
The Governor meets resistance from the House of Burgesses and dissolves the House. All the men present at the meeting disagree vociferously against this.
The men meet at Raleigh Tavern to discuss what they should do about the shut-down. George reads a statement by George Mason, saying that the Townsend Duties are an insult even worse than the Stamp Act, taxing almost everything in trade and would destroy the colonialists' freedom. Therefore, the colonists should boycott all British goods. Will Fairfax has been listening to this and objects to the proceedings as treasonous. He begs George not to become the voice of George Mason, even though Washington has already said that he agreed with Mason. Will says dire consequences will befall the colonies and it will be on the heads of the members gathered here. Will leaves.
There is a gathering at Mount Vernon. Will and George play horseshoes and get into a heated argument. Sally comes out to put an end to the arguing. Then Martha yells out for help, yelling that it's Patsy again. She might be having another epileptic fit. She recovers, but doesn't remember what happened.
What came to be called the Boston Massacre, up in Boston, Massachusetts. George Mason and Will Fairfax get in an argument over the incident. Will and Sally walk away and George and Martha follow them, saying not to talk politics. George Mason says that Washington is bending his knee to the King just when he thought George was on the side of the colonies. He refers to Washington as a see-saw. Now Will starts arguing again with Mason. Washington steps up to end their argument.
Mason remarks worry Washington. He wonders if he is a see-saw. Washington speaks with Martha about the matter and she says there's nothing wrong in being judicious.
New York. General Gage's Residence. The General says if there are more protests, force will be used against the colonists to put them down. George is not happy about that, but says only a little objection to it. He does, however, toast to King George III.
Washington returns home and Patsy has another epileptic fit. Patsy dies. George shakes her but has to tell his wife: "Patsy's gone." George doesn't attend the funeral ceremony. He stays in Patsy's room listening to her music box. Sally comes to get him and says he will be along shortly.
Will and George still are friends. The two laugh about some of their adventures when they were younger. Will, however, has been talking about the possibility about moving back to England. Sally tells Martha that he won't really go back to England.
The Boston Tea Party takes place where Bostonians dressed like Indians threw British tea into Boston Harbor. Washington is not supportive of the protest.
The House of Burgesses meets in Williamsburg. Patrick Henry reads from a paper that Boston Harbor will be closed down. General Gage with 5,000 troops will assume the Governorship of Massachusetts. Patrick asks who will support Massachusetts and Washington is the first to stand up. It looks like everyone now stands up. The House calls for a Continental Congress.
Will and Sally are going back to England at the end of the week. George and Martha are there to see them leave their mansion. Martha tells George that Sally is outside in her garden and George should go speak with her. George goes. He and Sally hug and then Sally runs back into the house.
The overseer of Mount Vernon is going to sell some of the slaves off in order to prevent Mount Vernon from going under. Washington runs out to him to stop this.
In a Burgess meeting Washington speaks out for not buying anymore slaves in Virginia. This proposal meets with general disapproval and the matter is dropped.
1774. Philadelphia First Continental Congress. The Adams cousins, John and Samuel, along with Patrick Henry, talk to Washington about coming onto the side of the rebels. John says either Virginia, with Massachusetts at her side, leads the way, or they are lost. Washington toasts to their Massachusetts brothers and John and Samuel toast to their Virginia brothers.
The Battles of Lexington and Concord takes place. Americans were killed, along with some British troops.
Washington sets out for Philadelphia, taking his army uniform with him. Martha knows there's a real chance that her husband will be fighting the British at Boston.
1775. Independence Hall, Philadelphia Second Continental Congress.
John Adams pushes for Washington to be put at the head of the American forces. Other potential candidates are Horatio Gates and Charles Lee. Adams says he thinks Washington hungers for the assignment. A bit envious of Washington, Adams says: "Oh, that I were a soldier."
Washington accepts the position of Supreme Commander of the American forces. He does say, however, that he thinks he's not up to the full requirements of the position. Washington gets a hearty welcome to the position with the members standing up and clapping for Washington.
Washington goes to Boston to congratulate the commanders in the battle of Bunker Hill: General Artemis Ward and General Starke. The New Englanders are very stand-offish in their attitude toward Washington. Washington asks the two generals to have a glass of wine with him, but Gen. Ward declines abruptly and leaves. Gen. Starke stays put, but he's not too happy being placed underneath a Virginian, because so far all the fighting has been done by the Yankees. Washington asks Starke to give him some time and he will prove to Starke that a Virginian can march with a Yankee.
The next morning Washington makes a surprise money visit with the Yankee troops. The camp is a real mess and there's a lot of one on one fighting going on. The men are undisciplined. Washington comes upon a unit of Pennsylvania riflemen who have just sprung a man from jail by force. Washington speaks to the men about being more than Pennsylvanians or Virginians, for they are now all Americans. And they will fight in an American army. Furthermore, every army has to have rules and discipline. He asks the men to show him what they are made of, by returning the prisoner to the jail. Back to prison the prisoner goes.
Benedict Arnold from Connecticut comes into see Washington at his desk. Washington is familiar with the man's name and welcomes him warmly to Boston. Arnold tells Washington that Massachusetts cheated him out of a promotion. He was not rewarded for the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. Washington interrupts him saying he shouldn't be concerned with past grievances. Washington explains he is making a new American army composed of officers from every colony. And that's the kind of army he wants Arnold to be a part of. Arnold will be a colonel, but he will be supreme to any militia officer. What say Arnold? Arnold says yes.
Washington wants to attack Boston and drive the British into the ocean. Generals Lee and Gates have a good laugh at this suggestion. Lee complains that they really have only 5,000 useable soldiers. And the Yankee soldiers are still largely without discipline. They don't think the American forces can push the British out of Boston. This makes Washington really angry. He slaps the large table and asks when are the Americans finally going to test themselves in battle? He gets up from the table and walks away.
At night Washington goes out to check on his sentries. He finds the men wide awake and they challenge Washington. Washington asks the man in charge his names. It's Evan Crutch. Washington asks him if he's not one of those who enlistment is up? Even says no. He reenlisted again. The General tells EvaHappy New Year and Even says the same to him. After Washington leaves, he and his sentries are so happy that they made a good impression on the General that they dance around.
Washington learns that King George III has just hired German mercenaries to fight the colonists. The news makes Washington furious.
General Montgomery was killed in the assault on Quebec and Benedict Arnold was seriously wounded. Washington sighs: "Canada is lost and there's nothing to stop the enemy from coming down the Hudson [River]." Furthermore, the British could take New York City and head up the Hudson River with the forces coming down the River. That way they could cut off New England from the rest of the colonies.
Some good news, finally. Colonel Knox has brought the cannon captured at Fort Ticonderoga to Boston over immense obstacles.
Dorchester Heights, Boston Harbor. Now Washington sets up the cannon overlooking Boston Harbor. British Generals Clinton and Howe are surprised by the fire coming from the cannons on Dorchester Heights. Clinton wants to attack the Americans, but Howe chooses to leave Boston Harbor and head to Canada.
The colonials take over in Boston and many of the Tories are chased out of the city. Washington anticipates that the British will now head for New York City.
1776. New York City. Washington speaks with the Adams brothers. The suggest that perhaps Washington should not make a stand here. Many say that New York City is indefensible. John warns Washington that if he is trapped on Manhattan Island, he could lose his entire army. The argument becomes very heated quickly.
General Knox tells Washington that English ship are all over the area. Washington says with their defensive position in Brooklyn Heights dominates all of New York. At this time Washington is given a copy of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration is read aloud before the public in all 13 colonies.
The British are landing on Long Island with Brooklyn and Queens there. And the British have found a gap in the colonial lines. General Clinton will use the gap to slip behind the fortifications on Brooklyn Heights. Meanwhile, Howe will attack from the front and Brooklyn Heights will fall like a ripe plum.
Early in the morning the British attack the rebel positions. The Hessians come into view. The order is give to fire upon the German soldiers. Some of the soldiers are hit and go down. But the Hessians return fire and the Americans start retreating. The Hessians have very long bayonets, while the Americans have none. Some Americans stay to fight the Hessians, but now the English get behind the Americans. who are now cut down from two sides. The Americans are overwhelmed.
New arrives to Washington that Stirling's line has been broken and his men are trying to get back to Brooklyn Heights. Many of the Americans are being pursued by the Hessians and finished off with the bayonet. Even Crutch is one of those men running for his life. Even turns the tables on a Hessian. He and another American take the Hessian's rifle from him and Even bayonets the man to death. Then the two start running again.
Washington decides to move the army across Brooklyn and over the East River to get his men onto Manhattan Island. He tells his officers to tell Col. Glover and his Marblehead men to gather together all available boats.
The British call off the action for the day. They will hit the Americans in the morning. Meanwhile, the Americans are escaping over the river and onto Manhattan Island. The Hessians, however, are still searching for the Americans.
December, 1776. Pennsylvania encampment. The officers talk with Washington. They have mostly been running from the enemy. They lost Fort Washington on today's Washington Heights on Manhattan Island, Fort Lee on today's New Jersey side of the Hudson River and now all of New Jersey is gone. [The Americans did win some of the five Battles of White Plains in Westchester County, New York.] They are hoping that General Lee and his part of the army will join together with Washington's army, but so far Lee has been ignoring Washington's army.
Washington gets his own secretary, Captain John Lawrence of South Carolina. Washington has to send an note ordering General Lee to join with Washington's army. Right now General Lee is having a high old time in a restaurant in northern New Jersey. And there the British capture General Lee, the jerk.
Washington learns that British dragoons have captured Lee, but his army is making its way to Washington's army. Recruiters try to get more of the men to re-enlist in the army. Even Crutch is the first man to re-enlist.
Washington tells Gates about his plan of attacking the Hessians in Trenton. Gates says the plan won't work. Washington tells Gates that he has his permission to leave for Philadelphia immediately. Now Washington tells his plan to his main officers. They will set out for Trenton on Christmas night, crossing the Delaware River in boats. Washington meets a lot of objections, but he perseveres and the plan is put into action. The troops successfully cross over the river and attack the Trenton barracks of the Hessians. The Hessians try to form up , but the Americans fire grape shot from their cannon into the ranks of the Hessians and then the Americans attack the Hessians who start running away.
More American troops arrive for a different side of town and blast the Hessian attempts to reform. The Hessian commander is shot down. The Hessians surrender. [The Americans then win another battle, this one at Princeton, New Jersey.]
Continental Army Headquarters, Morristown, New Jersey. Captain Alexander Hamilton becomes an aide-de-camp for General Washington. He asks Washington to make him a Lt. Colonel and Washington does so.
John Adams and his wife visit with Washington in Morristown. Washington pleads his case once again that he simply doesn't have enough of everything needed, and he would be greatly helped if men could be enlisted for the duration of the war. With the short enlistments, the men are gone before they can be really trained. John says he will speak to the congress once again on Washington's behalf. He also mentions that there has been some talk of Washington being made a king. Washington comments: "The idea is preposterous. We're finished with kings in this country."
August, 1777. Independence Hall, Philadelphia. The Congress has agreed to make Benedict Arnold a major general, but not a rank higher as Washington and Arnold would like. Washington says that Arnold is hopping mad that five others were promoted to the rank ahead of him. Congress wants to replace Gen. Schuyler as he has not been effective with his troops. They want to place Gen. Gates in command of the northern army. Washington and Gates are always at odds with each other, but Washington says he will accept Gates as that is the choice of Congress. He's not happy about it, but he can live with it.
Washington is introduced to Lafayette from France. The Frenchman is filled with a great deal of energy to serve as a volunteer without pay in Washington's army. He says he wants to bleed for the American cause. Washington accepts him as part of his officer corps. News arrives that Howe is at the mouth of the Delaware River and intends to take Philadelphia. Washington was defeated by the British at Brandywine near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania on September 11. So the Congress has to get out of Philadelphia in a hurry.
Washington's army retreating from Philadelphia. The men are hungry and many of them need new shoes, but they continue to march with the army.
Good news arrives. The entire northern army of the British under Burgoyne has been crushed at the Battles of Saratoga, September 19 and October7, under Arnold and Gates. This brightens Washington's day.
Gen. Gates and Gen. Conway conspire to replace Washington with Gates. Thomas Mifflin tells Gates that the news about replacing Washington has reached the man himself. So now it will be harder to promote General Conway. There is, however, a way around this. Conway could be appointed to the new position of the army inspector general. Mifflin says: "Washington will be so furious at Congress that his pride will force him to resign."
December, 1777. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The troops are constructing cabins to prepare for their winter stay. Arnold comes to see Washington and complains about Gates. Arnold now has a permanent limp in his step due to a battle wound in the leg. Washington promises Arnold a good position away from Gen. Gates.
Bad news arrives. Congress has elected Horatio Gates president of the board of war. He will now be able to supervise the army.
The soldiers continue to suffer hardships.
British army headquarters, Philadelphia. Major Andre and Peggy Shippen put on a puppet show for the British officers and wives. Gen. Lee is in the audience and he now collaborates with the British to bring about a British victory. The British are thinking that the wicked winter will help dispose of Washington's army.
Washington's aides try to convince him to take action to fight the cabal behind Gates and his crew, but Washington says they will have to let him handle this matter in his own way. Washington continues training his troops, but now he has to deal with Conway as inspector general come to pay a visit to Valley Forge. Washington meets with Conway, but cannot contain his anger against the man. He tells Hamilton to show Conway to the door.
Martha comes out to Valley Forge to be with her husband. She says he's looking so much thinner. Other news is that Washington's mother is trying to get Congress to grant her a pension.
February, 1778. Even Crutch's friend Joseph is burning up with fever. Joseph also has frost bite on his feet. He is deathly afraid of being taken to the doctor for fear the doctor will cut his feet off. Men carry Joseph to the hospital but he breaks away from them. Martha is passing by in a carriage and she has the carriage stop. She gets out and tries to help calm Joseph. She stays for the amputations. When Martha sees George she is crying over what she endured and what the patient had to go through.
Even Crutch with the other sergeants go to try to talk to Washington. Washington is expecting bad news, but Even says the sergeants got together and decided to tell Gen. Washington: " . . . we're still with you, Your Excellency. As long as you need us." Washington tells them thank you, all of you.
Even commandeers a wagon load of good from farmer Jones, who tries to stop the soldiers from taking the supplies. Even subdues the man, but now a British patrol shows up. The men hide in the barn. The British soldiers come into the barn searching for farmer Jones. A fight develops and three of the British soldiers are killed. Even is going to kill the fourth man, but the man has such a look of great fear that Even spares him. He lets the man go.
Martha and other women work in the hospital as nurses to the men. Joseph gets a visit from his wife. She has come to take him home. Joseph says goodbye to his fellow soldiers and thanks them for being his friends. They help put Joseph up on the wagon and he and his wife Pru head for home.
Prussian officer Von Steuben arrives to train the American soldiers. Men are chosen as a select group to learn from Von Steuben the uniform code of drill. These men will then become drill instructors to teach their troops the uniform code of drill.
It's spring and time for Martha to go home as the fighting will soon begin again. She says she would stay if George would let her, but George says from now on he will spending most of his time in the saddle. The French have signed an alliance with America, but it will be awhile before they can send troops and supplies.
General Lee is released by the British and is now with Washington.
Britain is worried about the France-America alliance, so they leave Philadelphia and consolidate their forces in New York City. As the British march across New Jersey toward Monmouth, they are shadowed by Washington's army. His aides think Monmouth would be a good place to attack the British and Washington agrees.
Washington explains to General Lee that they will strike before the British reach Monmouth Courthouse. He has been training the troops for months and now he wants to see if their soldiers can fight in a unified and disciplined manner like the British. General Lee opposes the idea and tells Washington to give someone else his command. So Washington selects General Lafayette. So, now Lee has a change of mind and says he wants to be in charge of the attack, and not Lafayette. Washington gives into Lee, saying that Lafayette will understand.
June 28, 1778. Monmouth, New Jersey. At the battle, Washington asks why does it take Lee so long to engage the enemy? The whole army is in retreat. When Washington sees Lee, he asks him: "What is the meaning of this?" He goes on to ask: "Why have you given up the field?" Lee says because they cannot stand against the British. Washington relieves Lee of his command and told to get off the field. Lee leaves.
Washington gets his troops regrouped behind a fence. They will fight the oncoming British. Gen. Knox fires the cannon at the British. Molly Pitcher brings water to the Americans. When her husband Jamie goes down, Molly takes his place and helps load the cannon.
The cavalry attack the American lines, but is repulsed. The cavalry try again and again are repulsed. They retreat.
The British infantry now approaches marching uphill and taking many casualties from cannon and musket fire. As they get closer, the British start running toward the Americans. The Americans rush out to meet them and the fight is really on now. After awhile, the British start retreating.
After the battle, Lee comes to Washington to say that Washington has wronged him. Washington tells him: "Gen. Lee, you're finished in this army. Get out of my sight!" Lee leaves.
1780. Continental Army encampment, Morristown, New Jersey. Soldiers are breaking into the food supplies in a mutiny. The officer tells the men to stop this as Gen. Washington has gone to Philadelphia to plead their cause.
Thomas Mifflin speaks with Washington. He implies that Arnold has been making money by working with the Tory speculators. He is under investigation as of this moment.
Benedict Arnold has married Peggy Shippen from a prominent Philadelphia family. Arnold introduces Peggy to Washington. Washington can't believe how much fancy food the Arnolds have put out for their guests. It's a spread worthy of a king.
Arnold speaks with Washington and shows him an indictment charging him of illegal transactions in support of Tories. Washington believes in Arnold's innocence. Arnold wants to made the superintendent at the new base at West Point. Washington is agreeable to the idea.
Washington is angry because of the delays in the arrival of French soldiers and supplies. He directs his anger at Lafayette, until Hamilton reminds him the Lafayette is in the American army, and not the French army.
In the south, Gates army has been routed. The Carolinas are gone. Perhaps Virginia is next. Washington says the French are now in Newport, Rhode Island and he will go there himself to get Rochambeau moving. They have to create a distraction to take off the pressure in the south.
Benedict Arnold's house, West Point, New York. [Actually, on the east bank of the Hudson River across from West Point.] Arnold gives Peggy a letter from Washington about his traveling to Newport in the company of Arnold. The superintendent tells Peggy to get the letter through the patriot lines to Major Andre, a spy for the British.
General Rochambeau's headquarters, Hartford, Connecticut. After exchanging pleasantries, Washington tells Rochambeau that they want to take New York City back from the British. Rochambeau is opposed to the idea. Even with their combined forces, they cannot take the well-fortified city. The Frenchman has what he thinks is a better idea. Cornwallis will be in Virginia and the Admiral De Grasse is near the Chesapeake Bay. If the American and French armies converge there, they could surprise Cornwallis and take Yorktown, Virginia. Washington is amenable to the plan.
Washington and his aides arrive at Arnold's house. Arnold is at West Point and Mrs. Arnold has not risen yet.
Washington waits around for Arnold, but news arrives that indicates that Arnold has betrayed the Americans. In Tarrytown, Westchester County, three Americans stopped a gentleman and searched him. They found in the heal of his boots, official pass for John Anderson (Major John Andre) to move between the lines, and signed by Benedict Arnold. They also found secret information from their last council of war and useful to an enemy interested in taking West Point.
Knowing that the jig is up, Peggy Shippen Arnold starts acting likes she's gone mad. She screams as the top of her lungs. She acts like she has seen a vision of men taking her husband away. She also says she has hot irons in her head burning her.
Hamilton brings news of another mutiny. The New Jersey troops at Pompton Lakes have defied their officers, and set out for Trenton. Washington tells Hamilton to pick two of the mutineers, give them a hearing and then kill them by a firing squad. An example must be set.
Two soldiers are shot dead.
Richard Henry Lee comes to see Washington having ridden all the way from Virginia. Martha Washington is safe for the moment, but Cornwallis threatens Virginia. Washington prays that the French fleet arrives before it's too late.
Hamilton keeps Washington waiting for a little while talking to another officer. Washington loses his temper and tells Hamilton that he treats him with disrespect.
Hamilton gets angry too and says he will resign.
Washington wants to reconcile with his aide, but Hamilton will not withdraw his resignation. It becomes obvious that Hamilton holds grievances against Washington for not allowing him to fight on the battlefield. Washington tells Hamilton that he shall have his line command.
The French fleet is now sailing towards Yorktown with 3,000 French soldiers. Washington is going to fool the British into thinking he is still planning to attack New York City, but instead will leave with his army to head south to Yorktown. They will leave a small crew behind to make it look like the Americans are still here in New Jersey.
October, 1781. Yorktown, Virginia. Washington fires the first cannon followed by the other cannons being fired into the British positions. He tells his aides that he wants the two redoubts eliminated, so they may more fully surround the British positions. The French will attack redoubt #9, while the Americans will take redoubt #10.
Col. Hamilton will lead the attack. At night Hamilton leads a large group to attack the redoubt. The Americans overwhelm the British. The commander of the British redoubt surrenders. Washington is very happy to hear that his officers, especially Hamilton, came away from the battle without even being wounded.
Cornwallis surrenders to the French and the Americans.
Continental Army encampment, Newburgh, New York. Still more talk about mutiny. If Congress doesn't give the soldiers their back pay and pensions, Washington's officers will be marching on Philadelphia. Washington goes to talk to his soldiers. Meanwhile, Gates is trying to do his best to stir up more trouble among the men. Washington interrupts Gates by coming onto the stage. He asks the men if they have read the petition. Yes. Washington says it seems that everyone except their commander-in-chief got copy of the petition. He goes on to say the the writer of this document is and enemy and a foe to the nation. Perhaps he is even a British spy. Washington says the men will not march on Philadelphia for they are honorable men. And a government taken over by the military means death to democracy. He continues: "And we are bound together in a sacred brotherhood of free men. Be true to it, and you'll be true to yourself. True to the highest aspirations of these United States."
And that's the end of that mutiny.
Fraunces Tavern, New York City, December 4, 1783. Washington says goodbye to his officers. He toasts to the men. He asks each man to come by and shake his hand. Gen. Knox goes first, followed by all the others. After this ceremony, Washington leaves.
Washington comes homes to Mount Vernon and his wife runs out to see him. They hug and kiss. They go into the house and the door closes.
"Thirteen American Colonies won a war against Britain to become the first democratic government. Still threatened by foreign tyrannies, a Constitution was proposed in 1787 to bind the thirteen states into one vital nation. Some feared the document would lead to an American king. Others had faith in one man who could unify the nation and keep the dream of the American Revolution alive: George Washington."
Mount Vernon, Virginia. Early spring, 1788. Washington attends to his farm work until his grandchildren arrive so they can ride on grandfather's horse with him.
Constitutional Ratification Convention in Virginia. Washington is a little miffed that the convention is as controversial as it is. He's upset that their own giants, like Patrick Henry George Mason, still oppose ratification. At the convention, Patrick Henry stridently telling off James Madison and his Federalists that a consolidated nation means the death of liberty. After the speech, Madison tells Patrick Henry that without a strong, central government, the nation will not survive.
At Mount Vernon, Washington has doubts that he would be up to the task of being the first president of the United States. He talks it over with Martha Washington. He's interrupted by Gov. Randolph, James Madison and James Monroe. Virginia has ratified the constitution. But only George Washington can make them one nation.
New York City, Late April, 1789. Washington comes to his inauguration and has to walk through a huge crowd of well-wishers. He comments: "My God, what do they expect of me?"
Thomas Jefferson comes to Washington's office. Alexander Hamilton comes in to meet the writer of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson is the Secretary of State and Hamilton is the Secretary of the Treasury. He toasts to the three of them together working for the betterment of the nation.
Hamilton tells his cousin William Duer his financial plan and the date he wants to present the plan to Congress. He tells William not to breathe a word of this to anyone, or it could endanger his plan. William says oh, he would never divulge it to anyone. But as soon as Hamilton is out of sight, he starts telling a foe of the Secretary of the Treasury all about the plan and the date. William, basically, is a crook. A big part of the Hamilton program is redemption at face value of the certificates used as money by the Continental Congress during the war. He tells his friend that he has less than a month to gallop through the land and buy up all those certificates before the introduction of the financial plan.
Washington goes to the senate to present a bill and then he sits down where the Vice-President usually sits. This upsets some of the senators and one of them believes that Washington has come to tread on the necks of the senators. The senator criticizes the presence of the President in the room. Washington gets angry and walks out of the room. He says to Knox: "I'll be damned if I'll ever go there again."
The financial con-game goes badly for Hamilton's cousin William. The congress still refuses to approve Hamilton's financial plans. That means that William's co-conspirator is loosing a lot of money and now he's afraid that debtor's prison will be his fate. Jefferson and his group of Virginians are outraged by the rampant greed and financial speculation in Washington, but Jefferson still supports Hamilton's financial plans. Jefferson's colleagues explain the speculation scheme to the Secretary of State and say that they won't stand for this.
Federal Hall, New York City. James Madison presents a plan to foil the financial scheming over the certificates used as money by the Continental Congress. Hamilton speaks with Madison begging him not to do this. He says Dutch bankers have bought up some of the certificates and if Madison's plan goes through it would ruin the credit of the USA abroad. Madison says Hamilton is a good salesman, and yet he can't even keep his own cousin William Duer from consorting with people who will profit by speculating on Hamilton's plan. Madison will not withdraw his bill.
Hamilton threatens his cousin with an investigation of uncontrolled speculation. He asks William for his resignation.
Madison's bill is defeated. A bill is now proposed that the federal government should not assume the war debts of all the states. Madison doesn't like the bill one bit. Hamilton is upset by the threats to his plan and he notifies Washington of this. Washington is very upset. He tells Hamilton that he and Madison should have come to talk to him much earlier, wherein the president could have sorted out this dispute in private. But now everything is public and both men will have to defend their own plans. He's so upset that he asks Hamilton to leave his office. Hamilton asks Washington to forgive him. After Hamilton leaves, Washington tries to stand up, but collapses back into his chair. The doctors come and they tell Washington that they will have to operate on his leg. They are going to cut out the carbuncle. During the operation, the doctors tells Washington that the tumor is a little deep than they had thought. And all this is without anesthetic.
Margaret stands watch over her husband. George assures her that he's not going to leave her.
When Washington recovers Hamilton comes to complain about Jefferson and Madison's attacks on his financial plan. Hamilton is impatient for Washington to sign the bill creating a national bank. Washington says he's still thinking about the bill because he is worried over Madison's claim that the bill is unconstitutional. On his way out, Hamilton runs into Jefferson. The two men get into a heated argument, while in the wings, Washington listens to them. Washington is bother by all this "bickering". The fight is really that of the farmers versus the manufacturers, each with their own set of needs and demands. Washington's problem is that he never really understood this and thought that good men from all walks of life could agree on what's best for their country, but politics is about conflict and compromise. Washington never understood the need for political parties in the nation. Jefferson leaves saying it's obvious that he and Hamilton have no common ground.
Washington invites the two big leaders to go fishing with him. He wants to keep them out on the water until the two men come to some kind of agreement. Jefferson asks if Hamilton could accept the capital of the nation moving permanently to Virginia as a way of compromise? Philadelphia can be the capital for ten years, but after that, the capital would be move to Virginia. In return, Jefferson would work to get enough southern votes to support the national take-over of the war debts of the states. The two men agree.
The new capital, Philadelphia. Treasury building, July 6, 1791. Washington and Martha attend a reception given by William Bingham and his wife Anne. Anne hopes that the capital will stay in Philadelphia forever.
A pretty woman comes to see Hamilton at his office. She has a sad story to tell. Her husband ran off with another woman, and now she is stranded in Philadelphia without enough money. Hamilton tells her to give her address to his deputy, and he will come to see her on how he might be of some service to her. That very night, Hamilton comes to see her. She's living in a boarding house. He gives the woman some money for her trip home to New York. Maria tells Hamilton that she can't let him go. She says she wants to show him her gratitude. They kiss.
At home, Hamilton tells his cousin that his deputy Wolcott is ready to bring a large suit against monies owed by William to the United States government. William tells Hamilton that he must stop his deputy, for William is not the only man to succumb to temptation. This remark worries Hamilton, but there's a knock on his door. He goes to check who's there. It's Maria saying she just has to see him. Hamilton puts her in a room and closes the door. He then goes and tells William that he will have to leave. He tells William that he will see what he can do for him.
Maria tells Hamilton that she loves him and begs him not to send her away. Her husband had come back. She couldn't lie to him, so now he knows about Hamilton. Her husband wants to meet Hamilton to seek some form of justice from him.
The two men meet in a tavern. Hamilton swears that the affair is at an end. This statement goes too far with the con-man and he says that he knows that Hamilton still has strong feelings for Maria and Maria certainly loves Hamilton. He will let Hamilton continue seeing Maria in exchanges for a "loan".
Madison and others know about the gossip about Hamilton and another woman. They want an editor to write a story about it. By doing so, they hope to alienate Washington from Hamilton and get him out of the way.
January, 1792. Washington complains to Martha about Philip Freneau's writings in his newspaper.
Gen. Knox reports to Washington that in the Northwest Indian War, Gen. Anthony Wayne's army is not quite ready to strike against the Western Indian Confederacy and their British protectors. Washington shows his small cabinet an issue of the National Gazette for July 15, 1793. He says he wants this "newspaper war" between the two factions ended. He has Hamilton and Jefferson stay behind. Jefferson is very angry asking how dare Hamilton complain about Frenot when he himself publishes scurrilous articles in his newspapers. Hamilton fights back just as hard. Washington says he will not take a second term if the two men don't forget their petty squabbles and pull together.
Washington tells his cabinet that he has decided to refuse a second term. The men beg him to take a second term. Martha is very happy about her husband's decision.
A mob besieges William Duer's mansion and threaten to hang him. Hamilton orders the arrest of Duer, to be placed in debtor's prison. The people blame Duer and Hamilton for the financial collapse.
Hamilton gets a note from Maria: "You are my life! I will kill myself if you don't come right away!" Hamilton rushes over to her place. She says she's still in love with Hamilton, while the Secretary of the Treasury says it's over. He also tells her that this will be the last loan he ever gives to her husband.
Maria's husband comes forward to tell the Jeffersonians the scandal involving Hamilton. The Jeffersonians are happy to hear the scandal. They visit the jail where the blackmailer is and get the information. Then they go over to see Hamilton at his home. Hamilton comes out and simply says that he's an adulterer. He allowed the woman's husband to extort loans from him in exchange for his wife's favors. But he has never stolen from the public funds. "You have the truth. Do what you want with it." Hamilton leaves the room.
Jefferson learns of the scandal, but he doesn't want to reveal the man's private life in the press. The news would really hurt Washington, and Jefferson doesn't want that. So they will have an investigation of Hamilton's deal as the Secretary of the Treasury.
Jefferson rushes over to the President to tell him he has been unanimously selected as President for a second term. Washington is resigned to do his duty for the country. Jefferson has more news for the President. The House has found some irregularities in his report. A number of charges have been drawn up and if passed, will force Hamilton to resign.
Washington sends for Hamilton. He tells him that he doesn't want to see Hamilton hurt. Hamilton is very angry with his enemies and rails against them. He even tells Washington that he was mistaken to trust the gentleman. He says good day to the President.
Hamilton presents a brilliant defense of his case to the House. He goes to Washington to tell him that he's been cleared by the House.
Washington loves tinkering with his garden. Mrs. Powell comes to visit him in the garden when Martha is gone for the day. The woman says she cherishes her friends with Washington more than anything else in her life, and she would like something more than friendship. Washington says he's highly flatter by this, but . . . Mrs. Powell says that Washington is go gallant.
The French Revolution is still working itself out. Washington is concerned for his dear Lafayette. He has survived the Jacobins, but he is still anxious for the Frenchman.
May 18, 1793. Edmond-Charles Genet (aka, Citizen Genet) is the French ambassador to the United States. He is welcomed by the Jeffersonians as a hero. Meanwhile, Hamilton meets with the British ambassador to the United States. He asks the ambassador how can he help keep out of the war between France and England? The ambassador says England will blockade the French ports. Hamilton is afraid that could mean war between England and the United States. He warns the ambassador to tell the English that they must not do anything too abrupt to give the pro-French zealots a chance to call for war against England.
Washington complains to Jefferson about one of Freneau's editorials in his paper. He says: "Mr. Jefferson, call off your dog!" Jefferson asks if the President will receive Citizen Genet? Yes. The ambassador makes a poor impression on the President for Genet is too full of energy and makes too many assumptions about what the relationship between France and the United States will be. Genet leaves after a quick talk. Washington tells Jefferson that the French are so generous with their trade terms because they want the Americans to work with the French in getting goods to France.
Washington is miffed. Genet has been commissioning American ships to challenge the American navy. So Washington decides not to give the prizes back to England, but will not allow the ships of American privateers access to American harbors.
Hamilton is accosted in the streets by a mob. They condemn Hamilton for putting the President on his knees to the bloody British. They start throwing rocks at Hamilton, so he has to order his coach driver to get going.
The crowds are still in the street at night, calling out their support for Citizen Genet. Jefferson comes to talk with Genet. He tells him he has to stop the ship the Little Sarah from sailing out looking for trouble with the British. This would violate America's Neutrality Treaty. Genet says he will not stop the ship from leaving from an American port. He says: "Blood will be spilled." Jefferson now unloads on Genet, telling him he can't determine what will happen in America's own ports. And he better sober up before he loses the support of the Americans who truly do love France.
The mob in the street decides to besiege
Washington's house. Washington's grandchildren are frightened by the
tumultuous noises of the mob. A mob leader shouts out that they want a
second American Revolution. The want Washington to support Citizen
Genet and to fight the English.
Washington opens the curtains and stares at the mob. They are yelling and screaming at him first, bu as he continues to watch the men slowly become quiet and leave. Violence is averted.
Citizen Genet comes to see the President. The Frenchman doesn't make much sense and soon Washington gets rid of him. It's obvious that Washington cannot stand the man.
September, 1793. A man from Mayor Clarkson of Philadelphia's office tells Washington that yellow fever is now at a crisis point. The mayor is evacuating the city. Washington and his family must now evacuate the city and not return until the worst of the fever is over. Washington says no. The messenger says that Hamilton has come down with the plague. Washington decides he'll go see Hamilton. He gets on his horse and rides through the city streets. Dead bodies are being collected from all over the city. Washington compliments a black Methodist preacher on his and his people's bravery in gathering up the dead with little fear of the consequences for them.
Washington pushes his way past Hamilton 's wife trying to block the bedroom door to see Hamilton. Washington tells Hamilton that he must fight this disease because he needs Hamilton. Hamilton thanks Washington, but then tells him to leave immediately for the President's own protection. Washington leaves.
Washington tries to send his family to Mount Vernon, but Martha won't go if her husband isn't going with them. So George too has to go to Mount Vernon.
Washington finds a note to Matty telling her about taking a boat to freedom. Washington confronts Christopher about the note. Christopher admits he is the author of the note. Washington tells Christopher if he truly wanted to leave, all he had to do was ask the master for he would have arranged for the two of them to be together somehow. He goes on to tell Christopher to stay with the family, and he will see that Christopher marries his Matty. Furthermore, before his death he will free Matty and Christopher. Christopher is so relieved.
Washington says to Martha that he wants to free their slave, while she and he are still alive. Martha doesn't know what to say. She says slavery has always been a part of their lives, as natural as breathing. She adds that they have been so good to their slaves that they would not even want to be free, if they had the option. Washington says the slaves do want their freedom, just like the colonists wanted their freedom from British arbitrary control of the colonies. He says the freeing of the slave has to go kept quiet until he is no long President. He says he fears starting a war between north and south, if it is known that Washington is going to free his slaves.
The plaque has subsided in Philadelphia. Jefferson appears to be a somewhat reluctant leader of the Jeffersonians. He would have liked to have returned to his home, Monticello.
The President too longs to be back in Mount Vernon for good. He is so sick of people criticizing him. He says he would rather be master of his own farm, rather than the emperor of the world.
Jefferson tells Washington that he wants to leave and nothing will make him change his mind.
Mrs. Powell's husband Samuel has died. Washington travels to console her. She complains that people think ill of her now, saying that she never cared a fig for her husband. The lady even says she wishes she were dead now too. Washington tells her that he does not think ill of her. Mrs. Powell cries on Washington's shoulder.
Western Pennsylvania, late Spring, 1794. The federal tax collector is accosted by a bunch of Pennsylvanians who don't want to pay any taxes on their whiskey. They put a brand on the face of the tax collector. Then they go to attack the Revenue Commissioner in Pennsylvania. And this government agent has protection from federal soldiers. He gives the order to fire upon the mob and a number of the men are killed. When too many men go down, the others break and run for their lives.
The whiskey rebellion starts to spread. Evan Crutch ties to cool down the hot heads, but they just refuse to listen to him. They take a larger group to go arrest the Revenue Commissioner. The Major there tells the men that the Commission has already left an hour ago. A skirmish develops and this time the soldiers take a beating. Then the civilian rebels start burning the buildings around the area.
Washington is told of the whiskey tax uprising on the Pennsylvania frontier. Men have been killed. Washington says he will raise an army and go to Pennsylvania. Hamilton is happy about joining the army again and fighting for his country.
Washington reaches the Pennsylvania frontier with his men. He meets with Gen. and Governor Mifflin. Washington tells Hamilton that they are a nation again.
Soon the soldiers are battling the Pennsylvania rebels, but it turns out that the supposed rebels are New Jersey militia. Washington balls out Gov. Mifflin and then tells him to get his troops back on the march. The next challenge that Washington faces is representatives of the Pennsylvania state government. They want Washington and his army to go home. Washington says he and the army have come to fight and fight they will. Only complete surrender by the rebels will stop or avoid the fighting. He sends the representatives away from his camp. Washington turns over the command to other and goes back to Philadelphia.
One of the young female slaves, Oney, runs away with a man. The Washingtons are upset about missing one of their favorite slaves.
Hamilton comes to see Washington. The young man is discouraged. The Jeffersonians control the House and now all his victories have turned to ashes.
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