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General George Washington: Farewell Orders - November 2

  • 2013 11 Nov
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General George Washington: Farewell Orders - November 2

After defeating the British, General George Washington was so popular that many urged him to declare himself king. Instead, on NOVEMBER 2, 1783, from Rock Hill, near Princeton, the General issued his Farewell Orders: "Before the Comdr in Chief takes his final leave of those he holds most dear, he wishes to indulge himself a few moments in calling to mind a slight review of the past...The singular interpositions of Providence in our feeble condition were such, as could scarcely escape the attention of the most unobserving; while the unparalleled perseverance of the Armies of the United States, through almost every possible suffering and discouragement for the space of eight long years, was little short of a standing miracle." Washington continued: "To the Armies he has so long had the honor to Command, he can only again offer in their behalf his recommendations to their grateful country, and his prayers to the God of Armies. May ample justice be done then here, and may the choicest of Heaven's favours, both here and thereafter, attend those who, under Divine auspices, have secured innumerable blessings for others." A month later, Washington publicly bid a tearful farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.