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Patriots for the Past: How to Research Revolutionary War Records

February 21st, 2015

Patriots of days gone by: how exactly to Research Revolutionary War reports
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Learn to research your ancestors’ Revolutionary War army documents.  Discover how to navigate a few of the difficulties of investigating during the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  Furthermore, strategies and strategies to conduct effective pursuit of these records both on line and offline are going to be explored.

Speaker's Bio: Sydney Cruice Dixon is a part regarding the Association of pro Genealogists.  She has been actively researching family members genealogies since 1995.  She conducts genealogy research for customers and providing genealogy mentoring for all customers who would like to do their particular household research.   She at this time shows both novice and intermediate degree genealogy courses.   Additionally, Sydney lectures frequently through the tri-state area – on subjects including: Using the Internet for Genealogy Research; Vital Records and Their Substitutes; Researching U. S. Military Records; Mastering; A Union Soldier’s Story – Joseph W. Clifton; plus the significance of Capturing Oral History.  She’s a member associated with the preparation committee for the principal Line Genealogy Club. 

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George Washington Birthday Celebration: “Revolutionary War Reenactment

January 27th, 2015

George Washington Special Birthday: “Revolutionary War Reenactment
Occasion on 2015-02-16 00:00:00
February 16, 2015 – February 16, 2015
instances: 10:00am-3:00pm
Admission: Free
Location: Fort Ward Park
Venue: Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site
4301 W. Braddock Road
Alexandria VA 22304
Phone: 703-539-2549
Calendar Type: Main

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Historic camp and tactical demonstrations during the day including a Revolutionary War skirmish at 2 p.m. between your Redcoats as well as the Colonial Army. Admission is free.

at Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site
4301 Braddock Path
Alexandria, United States

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Revolutionary War 1775 – 1782 – History of United States Military Awards

September 12th, 2012

“Few inventions could be more happily calculated to diffuse the knowledge and preserve the memory of illustrious characters and splendid events, than medals.” These words written in 1787 expressed the feelings of the Continental Congress in March 1776 when they instituted the tradition of awarding medals as the highest distinction of national appreciation for our military heroes.

General Washington’s success in driving the British from Boston in 1776, General Horatio Gates’s victory at Saratoga in 1777, the storming of the British Forts at Stony Point and Paulus Hook in 1779, and General Greene’s Southern victories in 1781 all led to the final British surrender at Yorktown in 1781. These were great milestones in the United States’ War of Independence. The people and Congress were very proud of their heroes and wished to bestow a sign of national recognition especially upon those officers who had distinguished themselves in battle. As a result, Congress voted to award gold medals to outstanding military leaders. The first approved medal honored George Washington and similar medals were bestowed upon other victors such as General Horatio Gates and Captain John Paul Jones for his naval victory over the Serapis in 1779. Since Benjamin Franklin, the U.S. Ambassador to France at the time, had access to the best of the French Royal engravers, it was only natural for this country to turn to France for help in the actual production of our fi rst military medals. Under Franklin’s leadership the Chief Engraver of the Paris Mint produced the first medal in 1781. However, following Franklin’s departure from France, the development of the other medals for American heroes was extremely slow until Col. David Humphreys and, later, Thomas Jefferson became involved. It was not until March, 1790, that President Washington received his gold and silver medals approved by Congress over 10 years earlier.

Unlike present practice, these large table top presentation medals were not designed to be worn on the military uniform. Evidently many thought otherwise since General Horatio Gates’ portrait shows his medal hanging from a neck ribbon. It is interesting to note that Thomas Jefferson wanted to see that these medals, of which he was very proud, were known and preserved throughout the world. He intended to present sets of these medals to heads of state, foreign dignitaries and every college in the United States. Jefferson clearly saw medals as the best way to preserve the memory, valor and distinction of America’s soldiers and sailors. As a matter of interest, many of these early commemorative medallions are still being struck and offered for sale by the U.S. Mint.

The “Andre” medal broke the custom of restricting the award of medals to successful senior officers and is doubly unique in that it was designed for wear around the neck. The medal was presented by Congress in 1780 to the three enlisted men who captured British Major John Andre with the plans of the West Point fortifications in his boot. Patriots John Paulding, Isaac Van Wart and David Williams were the recipients of the Andre medal and as time passed were additionally authorized a lifetime pension. Major Andre, the captured British officer, was hung as a spy.

In August 1782, George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit, the first U.S. decoration which had general application to all enlisted men and one which he hoped would inaugurate a permanent awards system. At the same time, he expressed his fundamental awards philosophy when he issued an order from his headquarters at Newburgh, New York, which read: “The General, ever desirous to cherish a virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of military merit, directs that, whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings, over his left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding. Not only instances of unusual gallantry, but also of extraordinary fidelity, and essential service in any way, shall meet with a due reward…the road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus opened to all. This order is also to have retrospect to the earliest days of the war, and to be considered a permanent one.”

Although special and commemorative medals had been awarded previously, until this point no decoration had been established which honored the private soldier with a reward for special merit. The wording of the order is worth careful study. The object was “to cherish a virtuous ambition” and “to foster and encourage every species of military merit.” Note also, that Washington appreciated that every kind of service was important by proposing to reward, “not only instances of unusual gallantry, but also of extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way.” And finally, the wonderfully democratic sentence, “the road to glory in a patriotic army and free country is thus opened to all.”

Coming as it did, almost a year after Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown, the message was never given widespread distribution and, as a result, there were only three known recipients of this badge, Sergeants Elijah Churchill, William Brown and Daniel Bissell. Unfortunately, after the Revolution, the award fell into disuse and disappeared for 150 years. However, it did not die, primarily due to the efforts of the Army’s then Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, (and, by no accident, one of its first recipients). On the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth, February 22, 1932, the War Department announced that: “By order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart, established by Gen. George Washington at Newburgh, New York….is hereby revived out of respect to his memory and military achievements.”

Washington’s “figure of a heart in purple” was retained as the medal’s central theme and embellished with Washington’s likeness and his coat of arms. The words “For Military Merit” appear on the reverse as a respectful reference to its worthy predecessor. Towards the end of the war or immediately after, General Washington also authorized a stripe to be sewn on the sleeve of outstanding noncommissioned officers to honor three years of exemplary service or those with six years wore two stripes. These exemplary service or good conduct stripes disappeared after the Revolutionary War along with the original Badge of Military Merit.

However, while Congress would not approve medals for the Revolutionary soldiers the Continental Army officers banded together with their French counterparts and created the Order of the Cincinnati with a very distinctive medal to wear. In the years after the revolution, membership grew and members served in all the major offices of the United States Government as well as many state and local governments. Some, including Thomas Jefferson, were alarmed at the apparent creation of an elite order that excluded enlisted men and in most cases militia officers. However, over time, the order has evolved into a patriotic society and its’ first members set the tone by establishing commemorative decorations or medals when none were authorized by Congress. The Republic 1783-1811. While the need for national defense began almost at once to suppress internal rebellions such as Shays’ Rebellion (1786-1787), the Whiskey Tax Rebellion in 1794 and a Pennsylvania protest against war taxes called Fries’ Rebellion in 1799, the country relied almost exclusively on volunteer or militia forces. The idea of a standing Army seemed a real threat to the civilian government. Minuteman volunteer militias seemed to be the American way besides which it was more economical than paying for a standing army.

During this first thirty plus years of our new nation, regular and volunteer Army and Navy Commanders were honored for their service with large medallions authorized by Congress (as described earlier) or with special commemorative swords often paid for by public subscription from a patriotic and grateful community. Enlisted soldiers and sailors were rewarded in various monetary ways with naval prize money or land grants for soldiers in the newly-acquired territories. With the exception of Congressionally-awarded medals, the Congress rejected the use of military decorations, orders and medals as being in the image of royalty and aristocracy. It was an attitude that lasted almost 100 years until the Army and Navy began to reflect the Republic’s rise as a world power at the beginning of the twentieth century. The development of America’s pyramid of military honors reflects the nation’s ascendancy as a world power beginning with the War with Spain, through its significant role in World War I and finally emerging as leader of the Free World in World War II.

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Q&A: Any important things George Washington did before and during the Revolutionary War?

April 23rd, 2011

Question by tootsiieerollx3: Any important things George Washington did before and during the Revolutionary War?
And any adventures and experiences George Washington went on or experienced before and during the war too ?

Who were his friends and companions?

Values he or she believed in?

How was he a risk taker?

George Washington’s leadership experiences

Best answer:

Answer by xo379
–“In 1751, George and his half-brother travelled to Barbados, staying at Bush Hill House, hoping for an improvement in Lawrence’s tuberculosis. This was the only time George Washington travelled outside what is now the United States.”
–“Washington embarked upon a career as a planter and in 1748 was invited to help survey Baron Fairfax’s lands west of the Blue Ridge. In 1749, he was appointed to his first public office, surveyor of newly created Culpeper County”
–“In December 1753, Washington was detailed by Governor Robert Dinwiddie of Virginia to carry a British ultimatum to the French on the Ohio frontier. Washington assessed French military strength and intentions, and to delivered the message to the French at Fort Le Boeuf in present day Waterford, Pennsylvania. The message, which went unheeded, called for the French to abandon their development of the Ohio country, setting in motion two colonial powers toward worldwide conflict. Washington’s report on the affair was widely read on both sides of the Atlantic.”
–Active in the Seven Years War (google it)

–Friends: John Adams; one of his closest friends was Tobias Lear V, who was Washington’s personal secretary [he was with Washington at his deathbed]; George Mason; Lt. Charles Smith; Thomas Jefferson; John Marshall [who ‘idolized’ Washington]

–Values: He was pretty religious. He served on the vestry of his local church in 1765, and “throughout his life, he spoke of the value of righteousness, and of seeking and offering thanks for the “blessings of Heaven.”” He strongly believed in freedom of religion and religious toleration. He was very open-minded regarding other peoples beliefs/ethnicities: “When hiring workmen for Mount Vernon, he wrote to his agent, “If they be good workmen, they may be from Asia, Africa, or Europe; they may be Mohammedans, Jews, or Christians of any sect, or they may be Atheists.””

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Any important things George Washington did before and during the Revolutionary War?

April 14th, 2010

And any adventures and experiences George Washington went on or experienced before and during the war too ?

Who were his friends and companions?

Values he or she believed in?

How was he a risk taker?

George Washington’s leadership experiences

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