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    [Revolutionary War]. George Washington Military Discharge Signed "Go: Washington." Two partially-printed pages, 7.75" x 9.75", [Newburgh, New York], n.d. [circa June 1783], certifying that "John Miller Private in the Second New York Regiment, having faithfully served the United States Three Years & Six Months and being inlisted for the War only, is here Discharged from the American Army." Heavily toned with extensive waterstaining in the lower half and chipping along all of the edges. Folds are weak and separating with slight paper loss at the intersections. Despite the water damage, Washington's distinctive signature remains bright.

    On April 19, 1783, from his headquarters at Newburgh, General Washington issued an order for the cessation of hostilities which served as a formal end to the fighting (though there had been virtually no military action in the colonies since the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown eighteen months earlier). Newburgh served as the headquarters of the Continental Army from March, 1782, until its disbandment in late 1783 and would be the sight of many important actions by Washington that would shape the newly founded republic including: his refusal to become king; his diffusion of the Newburgh Conspiracy, whereby a group of disenchanted officers planned to overthrow the government; the creation of the Badge of Military Merit, the predecessor of today's Purple Heart; and the site where the general penned a letter to the governors of the separate States that would have an influence over the writing of the Constitution.




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    April, 2014
    3rd Thursday
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