Commander in Chief George Washington Resigned
It was an emotional day for George
Washington, when he said a final farewell to his officers. Three
months earlier, on September 3, 1783, the British had recognized
American independence with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.
As commander in chief of the army, Washington had seen his
troops through countless battles, the deaths of friends and
comrades, and months of near starvation and freezing weather.
After the British ships left New York Harbor on December 4,
Washington set out for the Maryland State House in Annapolis,
where the Continental Congress was meeting.
Washington rode to Maryland, well wishers flocked to
congratulate and thank him for his role in the nation's military
victory over Great Britain. On December 23, 1783, George
Washington entered the senate chamber of the Maryland State
House and officially resigned his commission as commander in
chief of the Continental Army. What was next for the hero of the
new nation? He went home.
Washington set out at dawn for
Mount Vernon, his plantation on the Potomac River in Virginia.
He arrived home before nightfall on Christmas Eve, a private
citizen for the first time in almost nine years. Six years
later, Washington was back in "service" as the president of the