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My mother was…

Washington’s Farewell To His Mother

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” George Washington

View: Mary Ball Washington: The Life and Legacy of the “Grandmother of our Country”

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Remembrance

 

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If new difficulties arise…

“The Engagement between the Surveillante and HMS Quebec” by George Carter

“This stroke is severe indeed, and has distressed us much. But, notwithstanding things at present have a dark and gloomy aspect, I hope a spirited opposition will check the progress of General Burgoyne’s army, and that the confidence derived from his success will lead him into measures that will, in their consequences be favorable to us. We should never despair, our position has before been unpromising, and has changed for the better; so, I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions, and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times.” George Washington

Source: George Washington’s Letter to Major General Philip Schulyer, July 15, 1777

 
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Posted by on May 5, 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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Discipline is the soul…

“Final Road To Liberty” by Henry Kidd

“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” George Washington, Letter to the Captains of the Virginia Regiments July 29,1759

“Chester” – The Battle Hymn of the Continental Army

Let tyrants shake their iron rod,
And Slav’ry clank her galling chains,
We fear them not, we trust in God,
New England’s God forever reigns.

Howe and Burgoyne and Clinton too,
With Prescot and Cornwallis join’d,
Together plot our Overthrow,
In one Infernal league combin’d.

When God inspir’d us for the fight,
Their ranks were broke, their lines were forc’d,
Their ships were Shatter’d in our sight,
Or swiftly driven from our Coast.

The Foe comes on with haughty Stride;
Our troops advance with martial noise,
Their Vet’rans flee before our Youth,
And Gen’rals yield to beardless Boys.

What grateful Off’ring shall we bring?
What shall we render to the Lord?
Loud Halleluiahs let us Sing,
And praise his name on ev’ry Chord.

Listen: “Chester” by William Billings

Read: “By The Hand of Providence: How Faith Shaped the American Revolution” by Rod Gragg

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2012 in Letters

 

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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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I shall not be deprived…

“Give ’em Watts Boys” by John Ward Dunsmore

“I can answer but for three things: a firm belief of the justice of our cause, close attention in the prosecution of it, and the strictest Integrity. If these cannot supply the place of ability and Experience, the cause will suffer, and more than probable my character along with it, as reputation derives its principal support from success; but it will be remembered, I hope, that no desire or insinuation of mine placed me in this situation. I shall not be deprived, therefore, of a comfort in the worst event, if I retain a consciousness of having acted to the best of my judgment.” George Washington

Read: The Story of Reverend James Caldwell, Courageous Pastor and Patriot

Blog: James Caldwell, The Fighting Chaplain

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Letters

 

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