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General Washington Resigning His Commission to Congress, Annapolis, Maryland
General Washington met with Congress at the Maryland State House to resign his commission

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Commander in Chief George Washington Resigned
December 23, 1783

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.
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