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PEOPLE: Edward Carrington

Edward Carrington (February 11, 1748 – October 28, 1810) was an American soldier and statesman from Virginia. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army, serving as quartermaster to General Nathanael Greene’s southern campaign. He commanded artillery at the Battle of[MORE]

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William Pierce (c. 1753 – December 10, 1789) was an army officer during the American Revolutionary War and a member of the United States Constitutional Convention of 1787. Little is known about Pierce's early life or background. He was born in York County, Virginia in 1753. [MORE]

VIDEO: Common Sense by Thomas Paine [Philosophy Audiobook

Common Sense by Thomas Paine, Audiobook, Audio Philosophy. Thomas Paine has a claim to the title The Father of the American Revolution because of Common Sense, the pro-independence monograph pamphlet he anonymously published on January 10, 1776; signed "Written by an Englishman[MORE]

VIDEO: James Monroe Facts and Biography

US President James Monroe served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, served as Ambassador to France, and even served as governor of Virginia before becoming president. He was a popular president who is credited with creating a foreign policy that lasted longer t[MORE]

Quote 144 details Share on Google+ - Quote 144 Linked In Share Button - Quote 144 If a well-regulated militia be the most natural defense of a free country, it ought certainly to be under the regulation and at the disposal of that body which is constituted the guardian of the national security. If standing armies are dangerous to liberty, an efficacious power over the militia in the same body ought, as far as possible, to take away the inducement and the pretext to such unfriendly institutions. If the federal government can command the aid of the militia in those emergencies which call for the military arm in support of the civil magistrate, it can the better dispense with the employment of a different kind of force. If it cannot avail itself of the former, it will be obliged to recur to the latter. To render an army unnecessary will be a more certain method of preventing its existence than a thousand prohibitions upon paper.

Alexander Hamilton: Federalist No. 29, January 10, 1788
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George Washington: letter to the Officers of the Army, March 12, 1783

Quote 455 details Share on Google+ - Quote 455 Linked In Share Button - Quote 455 I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.

George Washington: circular letter of farewell to the Army, June 8, 1783

Quote 491 details Share on Google+ - Quote 491 Linked In Share Button - Quote 491 The Army (considering the irritable state it is in, its suffering and composition) is a dangerous instrument to play with.

George Washington: letter to Alexander Hamilton, April 4, 1783

Quote 502 details Share on Google+ - Quote 502 Linked In Share Button - Quote 502 The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty — that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.

George Washington: General Orders, August 23, 1776

Quote 579 details Share on Google+ - Quote 579 Linked In Share Button - Quote 579 Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.

Quote 819 details Share on Google+ - Quote 819 Linked In Share Button - Quote 819 The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.

George Washington: Letter to Joseph Reed, January 14,1776

Quote 848 details Share on Google+ - Quote 848 Linked In Share Button - Quote 848 The time is now near at hand which must probably determine weather Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human effort will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die.

George Washington: Aug 27, 1776 Address to the Continental Army before the battle of Long Island.

Quote 883 details Share on Google+ - Quote 883 Linked In Share Button - Quote 883 Our hopes are not placed in any particular city or spot of ground, but in preserving a good army, furnished with proper necessaries, to take advantage of favorable opportunities, and waste and defeat the enemy by piecemeal.

Alexander Hamilton: letter to Hugh Knox, 1777

Quote 22 details Share on Google+ - Quote 22 Linked In Share Button - Quote 22 Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.

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William Hooper: letter to Samuel Johnston, September 26, 1776

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May the almighty give the Congress and our Generals wisdom, fortitude and perseverance, and teach the fingers of our army to fight.

Thomas McKean: letter to John Adams, 19 September 1777

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Our cause is good, our army in health and high spirits, and more numerous that that of the enemy. May the divine Disposer of all events crown our victuous endeavors with success and save our country; of this we may be confident, "for he delights in virtue, and that which he delights in must be happy."

Thomas McKean: letter to John Adams, 19 September 1777

Quote 1071 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1071 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1071 There—for your entertainment & amusement, will pass before you in Review the rise and fall of succeding Empires, from the birth of time to the present period—there you will at leisure Review the various Stages, and shifting scenes of the last glorious Revolution, in which you, Sir, with your compatriot Army, have reaped the Laurels of the well-fought Field, and returned triumphant with the plaudit of a gazing World. there, you will enjoy the pleasing satisfaction of viewing, as the fruit of your services in those "anxious days and nights" spent in conflicting War, an Empire rising with unrivalled dignity—And there—not confined to the present sphere, your contemplations will expand, and look forward to the brighter scenes of Eternity, and anticipate that future glory which the "pure and benign light of Revelation" most perfective of human Virtue, has taught you so firmly to realize—and there—will you, greatly perfect in those virtues which "were the characteristic of the divine author of our blessed Religion, & in humble imitation of whom," you will ripen for that seat of immortal felicity, to which, when satisfied with life, may you be raptured by an Escort of Guardian Angels. I have the honor to be with all imaginable respect

Lyman Hall: letter to George Washington, 15 August 1783

Quote 1084 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1084 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1084 Our Liberty and most essential privileges are struck at: Arbitrary courts are set over us, and trials by juries taken away: The Press is so restricted that we cannot complain: An army of mercenaries threatened to be billeted on us: The sources of our trade stopped; and, to compleat our ruin, the little property we had acquired, taken from us, without even allowing us the merit of giving it; I really dread the consequence.

Charles Thomson: letter to Benjamin Franklin, September 24, 1765

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The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under god, on the courage and conduct of the army.

George Washington: before the battle of Long Island, August 26, 1776
For God and Country (T.K. Marion)

Quote 1185 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1185 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1185 Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and
esteem to all.

George Washington: Letter of Instructions to the Captains of the Virginia Regiments, 29 July 1759
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Quote 1187 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1187 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1187 But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.

George Washington: formal acceptance of command of the Army, June 16, 1775

Quote 1188 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1188 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1188 The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army ... There is nothing that gives a man consequence, and renders him fit for command, like a support that renders him independent of everybody but the State he serves.

Quote 1212 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1212 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1212 Of a very different nature, tho' only one degree better than the other reasoning, is all that sublimity of nonsense and alarm, that has been thundered against it in every shape of metaphoric terror, on the subject of a bill of rights, the liberty of the press, rights of conscience, rights of taxation and election, trials in the vicinity, freedom of speech, trial by jury, and a standing army. These last are undoubtedly important points, much too important to depend on mere paper protection. For, guard such privileges by the strongest expressions, still if you leave the legislative and executive power in the hands of those who are or may be disposed to deprive you of them you are but slaves.

Roger Sherman: The Countryman - Nov 22, 1787
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