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Geo Washington’s Farewell

On this date in 1783, George Washington gave farewell to his victorious army.  The United States was free; the American Revolution was over.  Looking back as Commander in Chief, Washington expressed these thoughts … and they have special resonance for us today as we approach the end of an historic election season:

“Who, that was not a witness, could imagine that the most violent local prejudices would cease so soon; and that men, who came from the different parts of the continent, strongly disposed by the habits of education to despise and quarrel with each other, would instantly become but one patriotic band of brothers?”