A Student of History

February 24, 2007

D.C. Research talk in March

Filed under: Wars — John Maass @ 5:05 pm

On Thursday, March 8th, at 4 PM, I will be giving a research talk sponsored by the Society of the Cincinnati Library in Washington, D.C.  It is entitled, “A ‘Complicated Scene of Difficulties’: The Revolutionary War and State Formation in North Carolina, 1776-1789,” which is the subject of my soon-to-be-completed dissertation.  I will be a research fellow at the society’s library for one week, and this is a part of my duties.

If you are interested in attending this event please let me know and I will be happy to refer you to the proper folks at the SoC to see if they will have room to accomodate you, since it is by invitation only.

The General Society of the Cincinnati was founded in May, 1783, at the Verplank house, Fishkill, New York, by Continental Army officers who fought in the American Revolution. This was before the Treaty of Peace was signed and before the British evacuated New York. The Honorable Major General Baron von Steuben, being the senior officer, presided at the organizational meetings. Within 12 months, Constituent Societies were established in the 13 original states and in France under the auspices of the General Society of the Cincinnati. Of the 5,500 officers who were eligible to join, about 2,150 did so. George Washington was elected the first President General of the Society in December 1783 until his death in 1799. He was succeeded by Alexander Hamilton.  The Society is named for Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus, a Roman farmer of the Fifth Century B.C, who, like Washington, was called from his fields to lead his country’s army in battle. Cincinnatus, as did Washington, returned from war a triumphant leader, declined honors, and went back to his farm. Washington, as did Cincinnatus, lived up to the Society’s Motto: “He gave up everything to serve the republic.”

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