West Point New York - Washington's Great Chains
|United States Military Academy at West Point|
|Washington’s Great Chain at West Point|
|Hasbrouck House Washington’s Headquarters|
Then, at about the same time, we have “The Newburgh Letter”. This was a proposal by a group of officers in a letter to Washington written on their behalf by Colonel Lewis Nicola. It proposed that Washington should become king of the United States of America. Even though what was proposed was a constitutional monarchy rather than some kind of tyranny, Washington rejected the proposal out of hand. Shortly afterwards in France, Napoleon received a similar proposal from his officers, which he accepted with consequences that were less than satisfactory.
|National Purple Heart Hall of Honor|
The story of the nation’s struggle to exist took a further step towards a happy ending on April 19, 1783 when, from Newburgh, Washington ordered the cessation of all hostilities.
|Washington leading a triumphant parade down Broadway|
This piece, written by Bob, was originally posted on our website on June 7, 2010.