George Washington Papers

General Orders, 23 January 1783

Thursday January 23d 1783

Parole Devonshire
Countersigns Essex Falmouth

For the day tomorrow Col. J. Vose.

For duty tomorrow the 2d Hampshire regiment.

The evacuation of Charlestown and the total liberation of the southern states from the power of the enemy are important events of which the Commander in Chief has now received official information. It is with heart felt satisfaction he takes an early opertunity of making it known; and of congratulating the army on the favorable prospects before us. The enemy after more than a seven Years War, & all their boasted conquests, being now reduced to narrower limits and a weaker force than they were possessed of seven years ago.

The Commander in Chief thinks there could not be a more proper occasion than this Epocha, to express the sense he entertains of the exalted Merits of the Troops which have been employed in the southren Department, the extraordinary abilities, bravery and prudence displayed by Major Genl Green in conducting the operations; the patient virtue and invincible fortitude exhibited by the officers and men in seconding his efforts, amidst innumberable difficulties and hardships, through along and severe contest, against superior numbers, will entitle them all to the gratitude of their Countrymen, the applause of the present age, and the admiration of posterity.

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