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Few people know…

"Revolutionary War Harbor Scene" by Edgar Spier Cameron

“The reflection on my situation, and that of this Army, produces many an unhappy hour, when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in, on a thousand accounts; fewer, still, will believe, if any disaster happens to these lines, from what cause it flows. I have often thought, how much happier I should have been, if, instead of accepting the command under such circumstances, I had taken my musket on my shoulder and entered the ranks; or, if I could have justified the measure to posterity and my own conscience, had retired to the back country and lived in a wigwam. If I shall be able to rise superior to these and many other difficulties which might be enumerated, I shall most religiously believe that the finger of Providence is in it, to blind the eyes of our enemies; for, surely, if we get well through this month, it must be for want of their knowing the disadvantages we labour under.” George Washington, Letter to Joseph Reed, January 14,1776

Source: Letter from General Washington to Joseph Reed

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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Letters

 

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Your country is at stake…

"Nancy Morgan Hart" by Louis S. Glanzman

“My brave fellows, you have done all I asked you to do, and more than can be reasonably expected; but your country is at stake, your wives, your houses and all that you hold dear. You have worn yourselves out with fatigues and hardships, but we know not how to spare you. If you will consent to stay one month longer, you will render that service to the cause of liberty, and to your country, which you probably can never do under any other circumstances.” George Washington, Encouraging his men to re-enlist in the Army, December 31,1776

Read: Nancy Morgan Hart, A Heroine of the Revolution

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Other Speeches

 

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