George Washington strove to be the embodiment of civilized conduct – the calm amidst the storm -- in the War of Independence. Twenty years before, a French book had accused him of being a notorious violator of the customs and usages of Enlightened warfare after his actions in the Seven Years War between Britain and France.
Credit: Left: John Trumbull, General George Washington at Trenton, 1792. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of the Society of the Cincinnati of Connecticut. Right: Beinecke Library, Yale University.