George Washington’s military leadership, though often described, remains little understood. Was he a Fabian warrior, dedicated to preserving his army and avoiding set-piece battles, in hopes of outlasting the British? Or was he a gambler, prone to recklessly exposing his forces in pursuit of the all-elusive final battle that would crush Britain's military might and end the war? Edward G. Lengel, author of numerous books and articles on Washington’s military career, examines these and many other questions as he explores the nature of Washington’s military leadership. Special emphasis is given to the Philadelphia and Valley Forge campaigns of 1777–78, and to facts and insights recently uncovered in the course of editing Washington’s military correspondence. This class takes place from 5:30–7:00 p.m. and costs $50 for VHS members and $60 for nonmembers.