"Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth."

General Orders | Tuesday, July 02, 1776


Editorial Notes

As commander of the continental army, Washington’s general orders were a mix of information from troop movement to regulations for behavior and cleanliness.  It was also in these orders that Washington would build up the morale of those fighting in the revolutionary war.  Just days before America declares independence, Washington encourages his troops to support each other and to always remember the greater cause for which they are fighting.

General Orders, 2 July 1776


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