One of General George Washington’s greatest achievements might have been not attacking. And it wasn’t his idea.
At the start of the war, the colonial troops had the British isolated in Boston, which was virtually an island except for one narrow neck of land connecting it to the mainland. Washington’s aggressive instincts usually led him to favor an attack, and in this case, he thought his troops could charge across the ice. But he did a very smart thing: He assembled his generals and asked, “What do you think?”