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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 in a four-part series the conspiracy that threatened to destroy the nation before it began. 

Historian James Kirby Martin on the Newburgh Conspiracy
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Historian James Kirby Martin on the Newburgh Conspiracy

The New Windsor Cantonment

Learn more about the military quarters near Newburgh, New York, the Continental Army's last winter encampment of the American Revolution.

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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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Read the Newburgh Address

Read a transcript of George Washington's March 15, 1783 address to his officers.  

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Leading with Character: George Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy

Washington achieved one of his greatest triumphs with words, rather than bullets or bayonets, and ultimately turned the fate of history. This case provides a conceptual understanding of character, and describes its role in exemplary leadership.

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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's Travels

Discover more information about Newburgh, New York and General Washington's travels in 1783.  

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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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