Today in Military History: Dec. 4, 1783, Washington’s Farewell

On December 4, 1783 at Fraunces Tavern in New York City, U.S. General George Washington formally bids his officers of the Continental Army farewell.

"Washington's Farewell to His Officers." Painting by Alonzo Chappel, courtesy, National Archives.

Washington called the gathering only nine days after the last of the British soldiers departed from America, according to the Fraunces Tavern Museum.  He returned to his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia thinking he was putting his public life behind him. He would be sworn in as the first President of the United States six years later.

You can still go visit Fraunces Tavern to grab a bite and a beer – and by the looks of their website they’d appreciate it. They were apparently closed down for 4 weeks due to Hurricane Sandy.