Two of the most important generals of America are Mr. President George Washington and the Old Blood and Guts General George S. Patton Jr. While both President George
Washington and General George S. Patton Jr. fought for the protection of our simple rights, there were some key differences to distinguish them from each other. Washington grew up in the mid
1700s while Patton grew up in the late 1800s. Time changed and so did most of their experiences. Education improved from small schoolhouses or tutors to bigger schools that would help focus on a kids individual learning styles and disabilities. Fighting styles also changed from proper straight lines to guerilla, from muskets and small cannons to automatic armorpiercing rifles and bombing planes. Religion and family values were also different in how they were viewed and accepted.
Both men were known for their great battles and high stature, but to become the great men we know today , they started as boys. The boys were taught at schools or churches and influenced by family and friends to pursue a noble cause. George Washington was born February eleventh, 1732 , at Pope's Creek Plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia to Augustine and
Mary Ball Washington, a prosperous family of planters. He was not able to get the best education in England after his father died so he was given a gentleman's education from his parents’ tutors and brother until the age of 16. After excelling in math Washington was brought on as a surveyor for the Fairfax family. After working for the Fairfax family for a little over five years he was appointed to major of the local militia, later becoming colonel, and thus began his career in the military (Reill, Hanns, and Wilson). George S. Patton Jr. was born November eleventh, 1885, in
San Gabriel, CA to George Smith Patton Sr. and his wife Ruth Wilson. He had family in the military all the way back to before Washington was born. Growing up with an attic full of guns
saddles and swords Patton already knew the military was his path for life. Having been schooled in The Classical School for Boys in Pasadena, George was taught well and managed to be accepted into the Virginia Military Academy after attempts for United States Military Academy
West Point proved difficult. After a year at VMI, he was accepted into USMA because of his fathers never fending letters and pressure to the Senator. Patton quickly gained respect and ranks in college because of his previous experiences in VMI. At one point he fought off three upperclassmen whose job was to harass and haze the incoming freshman (Smith 1015).
After the struggles of early life both men had entered the military. Washington began with a local militia and Patton began with a military college. After leading his militia to success
Washington was promoted to Colonel. He later received a commission in the Colonial Army and fought in the French and Indian War. Washington's troop captured a small french fort and bunkered down. Without food or water they were quickly taken over and sent back. Since he was serving under the British he was only able to rank up to captain. Unsatisfied Washington resigned and helped General Braddock as a citizen to help fight. After Braddock was killed,
Washington was forced to take over. He led a retreat back to town where he was viewed as a hero and immediately promoted to colonel and CommanderinChief of the Virginia militia.
After the war ended, he resigned again. Washington still felt the need to create an impact on the new founding country so he joined the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1759 and stayed till 1774
(Richard). After opposing the stamp act, colonial rule, and then helping out the people of Boston, he was very much liked nationally. When Washington ran for CommanderinChief his second year in continental congress, he was elected straight away. Once he was in charge of the war effort, Washington…