George Washington’s Long Lost Letter After Victory At Saratoga Expressed Hope for American Liberty

“I congratulate you upon the glorious successes of our Arms in the North an account of which is enclosed”, the letter reads. “This singular favor of Providence is to be received with thankfulness and the happy moment which Heaven has pointed out for the firm establishment of American Liberty..." G. Washington

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George Washington expressed thanks to Providence throughout his life. This recently revealed letter from October 18, 1777 demonstrated deep gratitude upon learning of British General Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga. Amidst the tumult of 1777, including British capture of Philadelphia, General Washington’s renewed optimism for American Liberty is evident. It shows why Saratoga is still known as America’s Turning Point nearly 250 years after.

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