I recently read The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington, by Brad Meltzer. I’ve only recently started reading more about the Founding Fathers, and learning more about the Revolutionary War. Did you know that in 1776 there was a plot to assassinate George Washington?
Records are incomplete, both because of the fact that this occurred almost 250 years ago, as well as what was likely a desire to keep it quiet at the time, so as not to undermine public confidence in the Revolutionary cause. What would happen if people found out that the Revolution’s greatest general was under threat from his own men?
The book explores the plot, the players and the investigation of the conspiracy to kill Washington, but also has a lot of great information on the climate in the United States in the early years of the revolution. Meltzer writes about the reasons men joined the cause, and the reasons people stayed loyal to England. It wasn’t so easy to decide where your allegiances should fall, especially considering the economic impacts of your choice. All of that played into this plot.
The book weaves the story into an interesting narrative, culminating in the capture of those responsible and their ultimate punishment.