Research Programs: Scholarly Editions and Translations

Period of Performance

10/1/2013 - 9/30/2015

Funding Totals (outright + matching)

$450,000.00 (approved)
$449,999.99 (awarded)

The Papers of George Washington

FAIN: RQ-50758-13

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Edward George Lengel (Project Director: December 2012 to June 2016)

Preparation for publication of volumes 17 and 18 of the Presidential series and volumes 19-21 and 23-30 of the Revolutionary War series of the papers of George Washington (1732-1799), Revolutionary War general and first president of the United States, and continued work on a digital edition of Washington's financial papers. (36 months)

The Papers of George Washington is a historical documentary editing project that is engaged in publishing a modern comprehensive edition of George Washington's public and private papers. The project has, to date, published sixty-five of a projected eighty-seven volumes and issues two new volumes, on average, each year. The project also has a Digital Edition, and has begun work on a digital-only Financial Papers project. The project's scholarly value and sustained productivity won it the National Humanities Medal in 2005. This request is for a three-year grant, covering our production of five new letterpress volumes and continued development of the Financial Papers project to the point of completion of a web interface providing access to a database containing Washington's three main ledger books.

Associated Products

The Papers of George Washington: Revolutionary War Series 23, 22 October-31 December 1779 (Book)
Title: The Papers of George Washington: Revolutionary War Series 23, 22 October-31 December 1779
Author: George Washington
Editor: Mary K. Wigge, Research Editor
Editor: Edward G. Lengel, Director
Editor: David R. Hoth, Senior Editor
Editor: Jennifer E. Stertzer, Senior Editor
Editor: William M. Ferraro, Associate Editor
Editor: Thomas E. Dulan, Assistant Editor
Editor: Carol S. Ebel, Assistant Editor
Editor: Benjamin L. Huggins, Assistant Editor
Editor: Adrina M. Garbooshian, Research Editor
Abstract: As October 1779 became November, George Washington realized that autumn had advanced too far for a combined Franco-American assault against the British forces in New York City that year, and he curtailed preparations. After a large British expedition departed New York in late December, Washington concentrated on settling his Army for the winter, which already had become unusually snowy and brutally cold. Troubles confronting the army and the incipient nation did not erode Washington's sense of humanity. When Elizabeth Burgin, a widow who had assisted American prisoners in New York City, called upon him for assistance, Washington ordered the commissary at Philadelphia to provide her with provisions and successfully urged Congress to extend additional relief. He also took careful measures to facilitate his wife Martha's travels fro Mount Vernon to join him at winter camp at Morristown. As British persistence, physical suffering among the troops, financial difficulties, and widespread disgruntlement eclipsed the optimism emanating from the enemy's evacuation of Rhode Island that October, Washington's personal fortitude and steadiness at this daunting time was crucial to the revolutionary cause.
Year: 2015
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Access Model: Book
Publisher: University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville and London
Type: Scholarly Edition
ISBN: 9780813936956
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes