Rumors of peace after Yorktown brought anxiety to soldiers in the Continental Army. Congress had not paid them for some time, and they would soon return home, many impoverished. The soldiers had sacrificed prime years of their lives in the service of their new country, and it appeared that Congress would abandon them when the enemy threat ceased. At this moment the American Revolution came close to being lost and was saved by the exceptional leadership of George Washington. Dr. Martin shows how Washington’s legendary address to his officers at Newburgh thwarted a disaster and saved the republic, presented in the 2014 George Rogers Clark Lecture.
George Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy
James Kirby Martin
Professor of History, University of Houston
October 24, 2014