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We began a contest…

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“We began a Contest for Liberty and Independence ill provided with the means for the war, relying on our own Patriotism to supply the deficiency.” George Washington

Read: The War for Independence by Howard Henry Peckham

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in General Orders

 

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4 responses to “We began a contest…

  1. williamdbailey

    April 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    What is the source for the quote, “”We began a contest for liberty ill provided with the means for the war, relying on our patriotism to supply the deficiency.” I have searched Fitzpatrick, Ford, and Papers with no success.

     
  2. George Washington Inn

    April 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I had to go looking myself, but eventually found it on page 158 of “The War for Independence” by Howard Henry Peckham (the book linked as a recommended read) with a reference that it was extracted from his General Orders. I’ve updated it from the more shortened/edited version that was originally found on several quotation sites.

     
    • williamdbailey

      April 10, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks. I finally located it in Fitzpatrick v. 21, General Orders, Jan. 30, 1781. Thanks also for the recommendation of Peckham’s book. I will add it to my list.

       
      • George Washington Inn

        April 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm

        Awesome! I couldn’t locate the date and year in Peckham’s book. Thanks for the help!

         

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