We will soon observe the 291st birthday of one of the founders of this great nation – George Washington born on February 22, 1732. The intent of “Presidents Day” is to honor the legacy of all Presidents, but I believe this marginalizes his unparalleled accomplishments. Washington single-handedly lead the Continental Army to victory in the American Revolutionary War, presided over the Constitutional Convention, and was our very first president.
On 4th December 1783 – Nine days after the last British soldiers left America George Washington invited the officers of the Continental Army to join him in the Long Room of Fraunces Tavern so he could say farewell. The best-known account of this emotional leave-taking comes from the Memoirs of Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge written in 1830.
Memoir of Col. Benjamin Tallmadge (archive.org)
As Tallmadge recalled, The time now drew near when General Washington intended to leave for his beloved retreat at Mt. Vernon. On Tuesday the 4th of December it was made known to the officers then in New York that General Washington intended to commence his journey and the officers gathered at Fraunces Tavern where General Washington met them to bid farewell.
Washington turned to his officers said, ‘With a heart full of love and gratitude I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.”
After the officers had taken a glass of wine General Washington said, “I cannot come to each of you but shall feel obliged if each of you will come and take me by the hand.”
General Knox being nearest to him turned to the Commander-in-chief who, in tears, was incapable of speaking but grasped his hand when they embraced each other in silence. In the same affectionate manner, every officer in the room marched up and parted with his general-in-chief.
The officers then escorted Washington from the tavern to the Whitehall wharf, where he boarded a barge that took him to Annapolis, where the Continental Congress was meeting, and he resigned his commission. General Washington returned to Mount Vernon, believing that December 1783 marked the end of his public life. Little did he realize that he would return to New York six years later to be sworn in as our nation’s first president.
First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen · George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Yes as Henry “Light Horse Harry Lee” stated at his funeral oration. George Washington was truly “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his fellow countrymen.” As we approach our nation’s 250th birthday (our semi-quincentennial) on July 4th 2026 let us never forget him. Without Washington’s vision, commitment, and service we would not be a nation. In view of today’s politically motivated “leaders,” we could sure use a George Washington now!
I just got a survey from 1st District Congressman Rob Wittman. He asked what I would like to see Joe Biden discuss in the state of the Union tomorrow night Here it is,
Let me make this very clear, and I hope you people will get on board the same train, THE ONLY THING I WANT TO HEAR FROM JOE BIDEN IS ABOUT HIS RESIGNATION DATE, AND WHEN HE AND HUNTER ARE GOING TO BE REPORTING TO THE NEAREST FEDERAL PRISON.
Anything else that spews out of his fork hole is nothing but a lie. If you are not on the train, you are on the tracks. Which is it going to be?
Thanks to George Washington, we have the good fortune to reside in the greatest country in the history of mankind. However, during a recent visit to Williamsburg, VA, the Colonial Williamsburg docent at the Capitol Building spent much of his time vilifying George Washington, primarily due to his ownership of slaves. He also emphasized to the audience of school-trip students that they should understand that Washington’s role in our fight for independence had been grossly overstated and “he had had lots of help from others.”
My wife and I were astounded to hear Washington trashed but sadder still seeing this tripe doled out to school aged kids.
I was laughed out of a few discussions almost a decade ago stating that this woke revisionism was happening. Not so funny now, is it. There are democrats now holding office who WILL vote to purge memorials to Washington and others from prominent locations.