Reading about the Battle of Fort Necessity, Washington's first battle, and the only one in which he surrendered, in the Chernow biography.
Historians have rightly faulted him for advancing when he should have retreated; for fighting without awaiting sufficient reinforcements; for picking an indefensible spot; for the slapdash construction of the fort; for alienating his Indian allies; and for shocking hubris in thinking he could defeat an imposing French force...What. A. Clusterfuck.
On the other hand, he was 22, and probably got the job because no sane man would take it. No wonder he was so cautious later on in his career.