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The determinations of Providence…

“Bunker Hill – 1775” by Don Troiani

“The determinations of Providence are always wise, often inscrutable; and, though its decrees appear to bear hard upon us at times, is nevertheless meant for gracious purposes.” George Washington

Source of Quote: George Washington’s Letter to Bryan Fairfax, March 1,1778

Read the Story: The Battle of Bunker Hill

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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Letters


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Liberty, when it begins…

"Answering Liberty's Call" by Don Troiani

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. The checks he endeavors to give it, however warrantable by ancient usage, will, more than probably, kindle a flame, which may not be easily extinguished; tho’ for a while it may be smothered by the Armies at his command, and the Nobility in his interest. When the people are oppressed with Taxes, and have cause to suspect that there has been a misapplication of their money, the language of despotism is but illy brooked.” George Washington, Letter to James Madison, March 2, 1788

Read: Sons of Liberty: Patriots or Terrorists?

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Letters


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It would be improper to omit…

"Battle of Guilford Courthouse - March 15, 1781" by Don Troiani

It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration, to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own; nor those of my fellow-citizens at large, less than either: No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.

Discover: The Importance of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse

Read: George Washington’s First Inaugural Speech


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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Inaugural Speech


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The cause of our country calls…

"Departure of the Minutemen - Westford Responds" by Don Troiani

“The cause of our common country calls us both to an active and dangerous duty; Divine Providence, which wisely orders the affairs of men, will enable us to discharge it with fidelity and success.” George Washington

The Story Behind This Painting

In the pre-dawn hours of April 19th, 1775, an alarm was spreading through the Massachusetts countryside that British regulars were on the march towards Concord. As the word reached Westford and the other surrounding towns, men grasped their muskets and swords, said goodbye to their loved ones, and rushed to the call to arms. In advance of the rest of the Town of Westford’s Minutemen and Militia companies, three men left that morning on horseback for the ten mile trek to Concord. Sgt. Joshua Parker said goodbye to his wife Hannah, while his three children Joshua Jr., Mary, and Patty, awoken by the commotion looked on, probably not understanding the gravity of what was to come. All three men said goodbye and rode off, not knowing if or when they would return, or that they would be witness to great events soon to come that day in Concord, and along the road back to Boston. (Courtesy of Historical Art Prints)

Read: Minutemen Service Rolls for the Alarm of April 19, 1775

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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Letters


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It should be the highest ambition…

"Nathan Hale - September 22, 1776" by Don Troiani

“It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.” George Washington

Read: A Time for Heroes: The Story of Nathan Hale

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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Letters


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Unhappy it is…

"Concord Bridge" by Don Troiani

“Unhappy it is though to reflect, that a Brother’s Sword has been sheathed in a Brother’s breast, and that, the once happy and peaceful plains of America are either to be drenched with Blood, or Inhabited by Slaves. Sad alternative! But can a virtuous Man hesitate in his choice?” George Washington

View: The Shot Heard ‘Round the World by Domenick D’Andrea

Read: George Washington’s Letter to George William Fairfax, May 31, 1775

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Posted by on March 9, 2012 in Letters


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A free people…

Oneidas at the Battle of Oriskany - August 6, 1777 by Don Troiani

A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.” George Washington

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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in State of the Union


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