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Hand down your Religion…

“Reviewing the Troops” by Jack E. Dawson

“In return for your kind concern for my temporal and eternal happiness, permit me to assure you that my wishes are reciprocal; and that you may be enabled to hand down your Religion pure and undefiled to a Posterity worthy of their Ancestors is the prayer of, Gentlemen, your most obedient servant.” George Washington

Source: George Washington to the Minister, Elders, and Deacons of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in Kingston, Nov. 16, 1782, The Writings of George Washington, 25:346-347

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in Letters

 

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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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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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You will, by the dignity of your conduct…

"George Washington at Mount Vernon with Eleanor (Nelly) and George" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

“You will, by the dignity of your Conduct, afford occasion for Posterity to say, when speaking of the glorious example you have exhibited to Mankind, had this day been wanting, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to which human nature is capable of attaining.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Speech to Officers at Newburgh

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Other Speeches

 

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