December 4, 1783: Washington Says Farewell to His Officers

 

Washington had said farewell to the Continental Army on November 2, 1783 and now he was saying goodbye to the officers who had been closest to him.  They had emerged victorious, against the odds, in an eight year long war.  Now they were going home.  The emotion of that meeting needs no elaboration.  Unlike many victorious revolutionary armies, the Continental Army would not be used as a tool to seize or keep political power.  Instead, it would simply fade away, its mission accomplished, immortal in the memory of the American people, conscious of a vast debt owed to the veterans of that Army, living and dead.

 

 

 

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