I started reading Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow the other day, damn is it good. Since the Flexner bio was done 60 years ago, more documentation has been released that brings out more of Washington's character.
WOW! I'm only up to his early 20's and he accomplished so much, pulled himself up from not having enough corn to feed his horse due to his mother's inability to manage the Ferry Farm that he grew up on, to owning 2,300 acres and having a good amount of money on his own, all by the time he was 18. At this point older half brother Lawrence owned Mount Vernon, which he named after his Commander during The War of Jenkin's Ear, Admiral Edward Vernon.
What has really caught my eye, is Washington's assignment leading up to the French and Indian War. He was sent out to deliver a letter from King George II to the French to remove themselves from the Ohio Valley. On his way there he met with the Half King and started practicing his diplomacy skills. After asking Half King to join him as a guide and spokesman of sorts for the Indian tribes that are allied with the British. what ensues is something straight out of a action movie. He reached the French fort and talks with the Commander, where Washington takes maticulus notes about the French strength and is sent on his way. Abondend by his Indian Guides and accompanied by Christopher Gist, and Half King they head out, Half King leaves the two of them and they set out by themselves where they finally encounter some French Indians that lead them the wrong way the try and kill him and Gist. Escaping from the Indian's they reach a river and try to cross it with on a raft made with a crappy axe, but get stuck in the middle. This is the middle of winter and they have to wait out the night on a freezing river where Gist get's frostbite on his fingers and toes. They make their escape and return to Virgina.
I never knew this about Washington, the man was amazing this incident happened when he was only 21. The only Washington we hear about is the stoic man who lead the troops and became the first President. The man was so full of life and accomplished so much even though both his father and older brother (who was like a 2nd Father) died before he was 20.
I really am surprised no one has attempted to make a movie on his life as he's usually a background character.