George Washington’s Proclamation of Discharge for the Troops from Pennsylvania to New Jersey

By His Excellency &c A Proclamation

Nov. 4. 1783

Whereas the United States in Congress assembled were pleased on the 29 day of October last to pass the following resolve

“That the Comr in Chief &c—” [1]

In compliance therefore with the foregoing resolve I do hereby give this public notice that from and after the fifteenth day of this instant November All Troops within the above description shall be considered as discharged from the service of the United States—And All Officers commanding Corps or Detachmts of any such Troops are hereby directed to grant them proper discharges accordingly. Given &c.


1. At the motion of Delegate Hugh Williamson of North Carolina, the Continental Congress on 29 October 1783, resolved “That the Commander in Chief be, and he is hereby directed to discharge all the troops in the service of the United States, who are now in Pensylvania or to the southward thereof, except the garrison of Fort Pitt.” The resolution is in the National Archives, Washington, D.C., Papers of the Continental Congress, item 36; see also Worthington C. Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, vol. 25:752-53.

Original manuscript images of Washington’s proclamation at the Library of Congress: Page 1 | Page 2

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