In early 1750s, Britain and France were at peace. But the French military had begun to occupy lots of the Ohio Valley. The boarders between the France part of the Ohio Valley and the British were unclear and both sides got into arguments about this matter. George was a natural leader and very soon after Lawrence's death, Virginia's Lieutenant Governor Robert Dinwiddie made George adjutant (officer who assists a more senior officer) as a major in the Virginia militia. in October Dinwiddie sent Washington to Fort LeBeouf (Now Waterford Pennsylvania) to tell the French that they should remove themselves form the British land. The French refused and Washington quickly rode back to Williamsburg. Dinwiddie sent Washington back with troops. They set up a post at Great Meadows. The small troop attacked the French at Fort Duquesne killing 10 including the commander and taking the rest as prisoners. The French and Indian War had begun.
A month later, Washington married Martha Custis, a widow. Martha had a 18,000 acre estate Washington owned 6,000. All of this and the land which the military granted him for his service, Washington was one of the more wealthy landowners. Martha had 2 children already, John and Martha, 2 years apart. Martha died before the Revolution and John died during it. This left Wahington heartbroken.