Learn more about the Newburgh Conspiracy and the role George Washington played in saving the republic at its most vulnerable point.

Was the young American nation at risk from a military coup in 1783?  Watch as Dr. James Kirby Martin, a nationally recognized scholar of the Revolutionary War, discusses the conspiracy that threatened to destroy the nation before it began. 

The Conspirators

Read more about the mutiny that almost was, and one of its possible architects, in this piece from Mount Vernon's Digital Encyclopedia.  

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From the Collection

See a 20th-century representation of George Washington celebrating peace with Great Britain in his Newburgh headquarters.  Restlessness and inaction during the long peace process played a major role in the rise of the Newburgh conspiracy.

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Circular Letter

At the close of the American Revolution, George Washington wrote a letter to the governors of the 13 states.  Read the letter here, and learn more about Washington's hopes and vision for his new nation.

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Washington and the Revolutionary War

Learn more about how General George Washington led the American army to victory in the Revolutionary War.

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