Ultimately, Washington was at the mercy of his resources and Congressional permission. In this case, with his troops waiting outside of the city, wisdom prevailed. In a impressively short stretch of time, Washington assigned his troops to dig in and fortify their position, constructing defensive blockades and trenches in the time that impressed British leadership; they imagined he had used every member of his team, working without breaks or sleep.
He knew the British had a choice: attack the continental army outside the city before they got too strong or retreat from the city. Unbelievably, the Redcoats evacuated the and headed for New York City. Boston belonged to the Colonials.
General Washington was disappointed. He had envisioned making an explosive impression on the enemy. He didn't want them to leave without incident; he wanted to scare them so they would run out with their tails tucked. Of course, he took the victory - and even took credit for getting the job done without spilling blood on either side - but he was a military leader, and ready for more action. Thankfully, he chose not to make the decision on his own to attack the British in Boston; wisely, he took the advisement of respectable peers and melded it with his own plans.
What that means for those of us camped out in the fourth grade:
- Do you have the answers to every big decision you need to make? Doubtful.
- Make your own decisions, but seek wisdom from other wise people.
- Don't isolate yourself.
- Be ready to work hard, but hope for peace.
- Give credit where credit is due.
- If you don't have what it takes, fake it.