‘Washington and His Generals’ Mural Commemorates Revolutionary War Heroes

FORT LEE, Va. (July 2, 2009) – The large mural at the east end of the ballroom in the Lee Club shows Gen. George Washington and some of his officers during the Revolutionary War.

It is a symbolic painting and does not purport to represent any particular scene from the past.

Washington is shown as he appeared during the war and before he became the first president of the United States. The other officers in the mural are behind him. Identifiable people include Baron von Steubon, Col. Timothy Pickering, and Gen. Joseph Trumbull. Baron von Steubon is seated on a black horse and served as inspector general at Valley Forge and as a trusted advisor and field commander thereafter.

Pickering, who succeeded Nathanael Greene as the third quartermaster general of the Army is to the immediate right of Washington.

Trumbull served as Washington’s commissary general, in charge of food procurement, from 1775 to 1777, and was afterwards a member of the Board of War until his death in 1778. Gen. Henry Knox, the next over on the right, was Washington’s artillery commander and served in most major engagements during the Revolution.