My Dear Général - The Extraordinary Relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette 

My Dear Général divulges to us the meteoric father and son relationship forged between Washington and the young and vibrant French aristocrat who traveled from France to fight in the American Revolution at the side of George Washington. The orphaned Lafayette finds fatherly qualities in the stately Virginian and the reverse is true for a childless George Washington. The camps of the Continental army and battlefields of the Revolutionary War are witness to the development of one of the most incredible relationships in history.

Praise For My Dear General

“Jeff Finegan takes a look at history through a new set of eyes: Those of a Mount Vernon slave who became the personal valet of our nation’s father. The story of William Lee provides valuable insights into the life of George Washington and the birth of our nation.”

Larry McShane, New York Daily News

“This is a magnificently illustrated, vividly told history of the founding of our nation as seen through the eyes of George Washington’s trusted servant William Lee. Here we get the story from the bottom up, by a historically true figure who comes to life like a character out of Dickens. It is solid history, wonderfully told, as alive as a fine work of fiction.” 

Donald L. Miller, Author of Masters of The Air 

“Colonel Washington and Me is a heartwarming story about loyalty and redemption. William Lee’s story is America’s story.”

Lou Reda, Lou Reda Productions

“This is a very nice story about relationships, progression of thought of humankind, processes of culture through time, devotion and loyalty. As a homeschooler of African American children, studying American history has often left my son with a negative taste in his mouth and mind. This is a refreshing approach to discuss actual historical documented events besides the vicious and brutal depiction of the usual books written about this era.”

Sherita Blackburn, Home School Mother