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Washington, George (1732-1799) Address to officers with General orders 3/11/1783 & Newburgh address

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02624 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: [Newburgh] Type: Manuscript Date: March 1783 ca. Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: A contemporary transcript written by an unknown soldier on the leaves of a stitched pamphlet. Contains the anonymous "Address to the Officers of the Army" calling the army's general officers to a meeting (a mutinous situation) (pp. 1-12), Washington's orders of 11 March 1783 calling officers to a meeting of his own (15-24; including Washington's letter to the president of Congress after the meeting), the officer's meeting on 15 March, with Washington's address (25-41), and concluding with the officers' resolves (41-47). Another manuscript relating to the incidents at Newburgh is in the Henry Knox papers, GLC 2437.09443. The origin of this particular manuscript is clearly indicated in Washington's General Orders of 18 March 1783: "The Original papers[,] being too prolix to be inserted into the Records of the Army, will be lodged at the orderly office, to be perused or copied by any Gentleman of the Army who may think proper." Fitzpatrick, Ed., Writings of Washington, 26: 235. Apparently, this manuscript was copied by an interested officer shortly thereafter.

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: President Newburgh Conspiracy, Mutiny, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Soldier's Pay, Rebellion, Continental Congress, Congress, Military History, Continental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence