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It having pleased the Almighty…

"George Washington" by John Ward Dunsmore

“It having pleased the Almighty ruler of the Universe to defend propitiously the Cause of the United American-States and finally by raising us up a powerful Friend among the Princes of the Earth, to establish our liberty and Independence upon lasting foundations, it becomes us to set apart a day for gratefully acknowledging the divine Goodness, and celebrating the important Event which we owe to His benign Interposition.” George Washington, General Orders – May 5, 1778

Read: French Alliance Brings Joy to Washington at Valley Forge

Question: Are Americans Abandoning God?


Posted by on April 16, 2012 in General Orders


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We began a contest…

"The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor" by Nathaniel Currier

“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


Posted by on April 10, 2012 in General Orders


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Arbitrary power is…

Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, 1848

Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, 1848 by Johannes Adam Oertel (Collection of the NY Historical Society) “It is only in our united Character as an Empire, that our Independence is acknowledged, that our power can be regarded, or our Credit supported among Foreign Nations. The Treaties of the European Powers with the United States of America, will have no validity on a dissolution of the Union. We shall be left nearly in a state of Nature, or we may find by our own unhappy experience, that there is a natural and necessary progression, from the extreme of anarchy to the extreme of Tyranny; and that arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of Liberty abused to licentiousness.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Circular to the States

Recent News: Long-Toppled Statue of King George III to Ride Again

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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Letters


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Experience teaches us…

"Reading the Declaration of Independence to the Troops" by Mort Kunstler

“I am sure I mean it well, as experience teaches us, that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves, than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.” George Washington

Read: The Declaration of Independence

A Printer of Sermons

Have you ever heard of the “Broadside” copy of the Declaration of Independence? It is the only surviving fragment of the Declaration of Independence that was printed by John Dunlap, a Philadelphia printer, and read by General George Washington to his troops.

John Dunlap emigrated from Strabane, Northern Ireland as a ten year old lad and apprenticed as a printer under his uncle, William Dunlap. John later bought the printing business from his uncle who decided to go into the ministry. The shop printed mostly sermons at that time. John Dunlap’s business continued to flourish and his reputation grew. In 1776, he was given a lucrative printing contract by the Continental Congress. In July 1776, fighting between the American colonists and the British forces had been going on for nearly a year. On July 2, the Second Continental Congress voted to secede. Two days later, they approved the final wording of a public declaration regarding their decision, which we today call the Declaration of Independence. That evening John Hancock ordered Dunlap to print broadside copies of the declaration. Dunlap printed perhaps 200 broadsides, since known as the Dunlap broadsides, which were the first published versions of the Declaration.

A copy of the Dunlap broadside was sent to George Washington by John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. General Washington had this Declaration read to his assembled troops on July 9, 1776 in New York, where they awaited the combined British fleet and army. Later that night, American troops destroyed a bronze-lead statue of Great Britain’s King George III that stood at the foot of Broadway on the Bowling Green. The statue was later molded into bullets for the American Army.


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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Letters


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