Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Continental Army Demobilized

On this day we fly Old Glory as our historical flag of choice to celebrate the end of another era of the Revolutionary War, as this is generally recognized as the day in 1783 when the Continental Army was demobilized following a resolution by Congress in October and the publishing of General George Washington's farewell orders, given to the Philadelphia papers on November 2. The Continental Army, against all odds, had defeated the British two years before at Yorktown, cementing the independence of the new nation. Now it was time for members of the Army to go home and resume their lives not as subjects, but as citizens of a new nation.

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