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To morrow being the day set apart by the Honorable Congress for public Thanksgiving and Praise; and duty calling us devoutely to express our grateful acknowledgements to God for the manifold blessings he has granted us. The General directs that the army remain in its present quarters, and that the Chaplains perform divine service with their several Corps and brigades. And earnestly exhorts, all officers and soldiers, whose absence is not indispensibly necessary, to attend with reverence the solemnities of the day.

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Source Notes: Source: General GEORGE WASHINGTON, general orders, December 17, 1777.The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, vol. 10, p. 168 .

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George Washington was commander in chief of the Continental army during the American Revolution and first president of the United States (1789-97).

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