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“The value of liberty…

"George Washington and Family" by Thomas Prichard Rossiter

“George Washington and Family” by Thomas Prichard Rossiter

“The value of liberty was thus enhanced in our estimation by the difficulty of its attainment, and the worth of characters appreciated by the trial of adversity.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Letter to the People of the State of South Carolina, May 1790

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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


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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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The hour is fast approaching…

"Jaegers Advance at Thornbury Farm" by Pamela Patrick White

“The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are free men, fighting for the blessings of Liberty — that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.” George Washington, General Orders, August 23, 1776

In the News: George Washington Named Britain’s Greatest Ever Military Opponent

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Posted by on April 15, 2012 in General Orders


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We shall rejoice…

"Colonel Knox Bringing the Cannons from Fort Ticonderoga" by John Ward Dunsmore

“As to the fatal, but necessary, operations of War. When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in that happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations, shall enable us to return to our Private Stations in the bosom of a free, peaceful and happy Country.” George Washington

Source: George Washington to New York Legislature, June 26, 1775

Read: George Washington Birthday Address to the Maryland Senate, February 18, 2008

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Letters


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Maintain the liberty…

"Battle of Lexington" by William Barnes Wollen

“At a time, when our lordly masters in Great Britain will be satisfied with nothing less than the deprivation of American freedom, it seems highly necessary that something should be done to avert the stroke, and maintain the liberty, which we have derived from our ancestors. But the manner of doing it, to answer the purpose effectually, is the point in question. That no man should scruple, or hesitate a moment, to use arms in defence of so valuable a blessing, on which all the good and evil of life depends, is clearly my opinion. Yet arms, I would beg leave to add, should be the last resource, the dernier resort. Addresses to the throne, and remonstrances to Parliament, we have already, it is said, proved the inefficacy of. How far, then, their attention to our rights and privileges is to be awakened or alarmed, by starving their trade and manufacturers, remains to be tried.” George Washington, Letter to George Mason, Apr. 5, 1769

Read: The Battle of Lexington and Concord

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Posted by on April 5, 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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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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