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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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Let us encourage each other…

"I have not yet begun to fight!" John Paul Jones (Artist Unknown)

“Our own Country’s Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions—The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny meditated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and shew the whole world, that a Freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.” George Washington, General Orders, July 2, 1776

Read: The Story of John Paul Jones, Greatest Revolutionary Naval Commander

Read This Also: The Reincarnation of John Paul Jones

Wear It: “I have not yet begun to fight!”

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in General Orders

 

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