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This Day In U.S. History November 3, 1783 – After Eight Long Years Of War The Continental Army Is Disbanded

 

The Battle of Princeton 1777, by Don Troiani (Haprints.com)

The Battle of Princeton 1777, by Don Troiani (Haprints.com)

Image credit: The Battle of Princeton by Don Troiani (Haprints.com)

 

This Day In U.S. History November 3, 1783 – Struggle for Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness – After eight years of war the American Continental Army is disbanded.

Source “The American Revolution Day By Day – Lighting Freedom’s Flame”

 

These are the pillars on which the glorious Fabrick of our Independency and National Character must be supported; Liberty is the Basis, and whoever would dare to sap the foundation, or overturn the Structure, under whatever specious pretexts he may attempt it, will merit the bitterest execration, and the severest punishment which can be inflicted by his injured Country.

George Washington, Portion of letter to the Continental Army, June 8, 1783

 

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The Continental Army was formed after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War by the colonies that became the United States of America. Established by a resolution of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775, it was created to coordinate the military efforts of the Thirteen Colonies in their revolt against the rule of Great Britain. The Continental Army was supplemented by local militias and other troops that remained under control of the individual states. General George Washington was the commander-in-chief of the army throughout the war.

Most of the Continental Army was disbanded in 1783 after the Treaty of Paris ended the war. The 1st and 2nd Regiments went on to form the nucleus of the Legion of the United States in 1792 under General Anthony Wayne. This became the foundation of the United States Army in 1796. Source …

 

George Washington's farewell to the officers of the Continental Army

George Washington’s farewell to the officers of the Continental Army

 

In his 1783 Farewell Order, Washington thanked his officers and men, and hailed the Army’s combination of many different states into “one patriotic band of Brothers” as a symbolic pursuit during war or peace. He returned his commission as Commander-in-Chief on December 23, 1783, to Congress. The War ended on January 14, 1784 when Congress ratified the peace treaty signed in Paris on September 3, 1783. Washington proposed a permanent standing army with an organized militia, arsenals, and a military academy, though this was rejected by Congress. More …

 

The March to Valley Forge William T. Trego, 1883 Courtesy of The American Revolution Center

The March to Valley Forge
William T. Trego, 1883
Courtesy of The American Revolution Center


Image credit: Valley Forge, National Park Service

 

Students in Georgia holding wooden rifle replicas learned what it was like to serve in the Continental Army and live in Colonial time

Students in Georgia holding wooden rifle replicas learned what it was like to serve in the Continental Army and live in Colonial time


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Keeping Our Founding History Alive

 

Timeline of the American Revolution – From the French-Indian War 1754-1763 to the Signing of The U.S. Constitution 1788.

 

America remember and honor your history – it will give direction, purpose and security to your future.


 
 
 
 
 

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