Diary entry for March 23, 1748
State Department transfer, 1909 (
November 21, 2002
In George Washington's earliest known diary, the young man of sixteen
records his encounter in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with
a party of thirty "Indians coming from War with only one Scalp."
Washington would later build his military career on a foundation
of warfare against Native Americans, but in this encounter on a
surveying expedition the Virginian and his companions shared their
liquor with the warriors and joined them in a "War Daunce." Washington
became an inveterate diary writer, but his entries became less informative
as his public fame increased.