Monday, February 4, 2019

George Washington Birthday Revolutionary War Exhibit & Muster 1996-2003



HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE WASHINGTON


General George Washington. Engraving after a portrait by John Trumbull [1]



Reproduction of Washington's Commander in Chief flag (2'x3') flown over Mount Vernon.




In celebration of George Washington's Birthday this month, a salute to General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and first President of the United States of America.

"A citizen, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
- Light-Horse Harry Lee, December 26, 1799

For eight years, from 1996 to 2003, I was the Chairman of the American Revolutionary War Exhibit and Muster in Celebration of George Washington's Birthday. In 1996 the event was held at the New England Civil War Museum in Rockville, and from 1997 to 2003 at the Old State House in Hartford. The exhibit was presented annually by the General Israel Putnam Branch #4 of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and to our knowledge, was the largest commemoration of George Washington's Birthday in New England (1996-2003).


There is an interesting quote, attributed to George Washington, although the original source is unknown, mentioned in several publications regarding Governor Jonathan Trumbull and the American Revolution.

"But for Jonathan Trumbull, the war would not have been won."

This quote, if Washington did say it, is in line with what he wrote to Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., upon hearing of his father, Governor Jonathan Trumbull's death.

"A long and well spent life in the service of his country, justly entitled him 
to the first place among patriots."[2]






In Celebration of George Washington's Birthday

American Revolutionary War 
Exhibit and Muster

1996 - 2003 
































































Old State House 1998 Event Programs and Event Information.



































































Old State House 1999 Press Release.



In 1999, the Bicentennial of George Washington's death, General Israel Putnam Branch #4 of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was an official member of the nationwide George Washington Bicentennial Community.


Reproduction of Washington's Commander in Chief flag (2'x3') flown over Mount Vernon.



In 1999 the General Israel Putnam Branch #4 of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution began printing event ribbons to be handed out to participants.



SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) Magazine Article - Spring 1999





























































Old State House 2000 newsletter advertising the event.



















Old State House 2001 newsletter

SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) Magazine - Spring 2001













SAR Award Presentations.


























Old State House 2002 newsletter advertising the event.


"the program was conceived in 1995 to bring attention and honor back to Washington's name and return "President's Day" to its legal name of "George Washington's Birthday". The Branch led the charge within the SAR by drafting a resolution which was passed by both the Connecticut and National Societies in support of the Washington-Lincoln Recognition Act, H.R. 420."

SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) Magazine Article - 2002







































1. General George Washington, engraving by A. Daggett after a portrait by Col. Trumbull, Steel-engraved frontpiece, History of the War of the Independence of the United States of America, Charles Botta, translated from the Italian by George Alexander Otis, Vol. 2, T. Brainard, New Haven, 1840.
2. George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., Mount Vernon, October 1, 1785, George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799, Library of Congress.



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