Enjoin this upon the Officers, and let them inculcate, and press home to the Soldiery, the Necessity of Order and Harmony among them, who are embarkd in one common Cause, and mutually contending for all that Freeman [sic] hold dear. I am persuaded, if the Officers will but exert themselves, these Animosities, this Disorder, will in a great Measure subside, and nothing being more essential to the Service than that it should, I am hopeful nothing on their Parts will be wanting to effect it.
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Source Notes: Source: General GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Major General Philip Schuyler, July 17, 1776.The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, vol. 5, pp. 29091 .
George Washington was commander in chief of the Continental army during the American Revolution and first president of the United States (1789-97).