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Washington Wept

by RightHandMan

In the Fraunces Tavern of New York City on December 4, 1783, General Washington wept in front of a group of his officers.

For years Gen. George Washington led the Continental Army against the forces of Britain in the revolutionary war. His men fought beside him against the greatest force in the world despite plague, food shortages, harsh weather, a lack of clothing, supplies, and the devaluation of the Continental currency. Worse yet, many of these men went years without pay.

Most of us recall the names of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, and for good reason – they were valiant men, great leaders, and brilliant minds. They were men forged by the times, refined by their circumstances, and molded by their creed. The names we don’t know are those of the men who fell in battle fields, who died in the night while clothed in ragged, frost covered uniforms, and who charged with gleaming bayonets into a waves of redcoats. These men fought and died, not for the paycheck they never received, but for the rights and liberties of human nature.

However, being long betrayed and deceived by their Congress regarding compensation, it took Washington himself to stop his army from marching to Congress with swords drawn. He pleaded on behalf of his brave men, but to no avail. Washington told his men that he was powerless in the matter and explained that he “was only a servant of the public”. Most of his army was disbanded and sent home without pay. Worse, congress and newspapers led a smear campaign against the soldiers which labeled them greedy and unpatriotic. There was no victory parade for these soldiers, no memorial, no thanks.

The men who fought, died, and ultimately won our freedom weren’t created by Washington, Hancock, and Jay, but by King George III and the British Parliament. Today we face as a people many of the same infringements and shackles that created the men of the American Revolution. Shall we not also stand up and fight for the rights of liberty and human nature? If not, what shall be our excuse; a lack of benefits, supplies, or gratitude?

The officers’ anger dissolved with Washington’s open tears of regret. He knew he had failed to deliver to those who most deserved appreciation and who had given so much for their country. I doubt that much praise will be given over the next few years to those who stand against this new tyranny, but perhaps amongst the Congressional attacks and media smears, Washington may shed a tear for us as well.


Filed under: American Revolution, continental army, general washington, George Washington, king george III, Liberty, tyranny

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  • John Carey March 24, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Right, this post is simply outstanding. You captured the essence of what was and what is. Thank you for such a fine post!

  • Ron Russell March 24, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    In the end like Washington ours will be the tears of victory and not those of defeat–the sweets tears of all!

  • faithfulinprayer March 25, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    Good post! Sadly, I am surrounded by a sea of people who don't seem to care about their liberties anymore.

  • Right Hand Man March 25, 2010 at 4:40 PM


    I think that we're able to find many of those individuals who willingly give up their liberties. However, I also trust that we are seeing and will continue to see a change of heart in the American people. Perhaps we need more people like you staying faithful and in prayer.

  • TRESTIN MEACHAM March 27, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    My this second American Revolution provide similar results as the first.