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" Three things prompt men to a regular discharge of their duty in time of action: natural bravery, hope of reward, and fear of punishment. "

Letter to the President of Congress, Feb. 9, 1776 | Friday, February 09, 1776

Editorial Notes

With the establishment of the American Continental Army, there was much debate of the terms of service.  Initially set to one year, Washington appealed to Congress for more devoted and experienced troops.   By 1776, the term of service was extended to three years and by 1777 enlistments were extended to the duration of a war.

From George Washington to John Hancock, 9 February 1776