George Washington Commanded 25-Lashes for Blaspheming God's Name

George Washington was a "Man of Reason"

"Require nothing unreasonable of your officers and men, but see that whatever is required be punctually complied with.

Reward and punish every man according to his merit, without partiality or prejudice; hear his complaints; if well founded, redress them; if otherwise, discourage them, in order to prevent frivolous ones.

Discourage vice in every shape,

and impress upon the mind of every man, from the first to the lowest, the importance of the cause, and what it is they are contending for."

[NOTE: Elsewhere see that Washington believed this included no playing cards, no gaming, no pitching pennies, no indecent exposure in dress, to cussing or swearing, no profane talk, not disrespect to anything divine from Chaplains to Worship, to keeping the Daily Prayer time].

[SOURCE: George Washington - Letter to Col. William Woodford, November 10, 1775].


George Washington Commands 25 Lashes Immediately for Sins

"Colonel Washington has observed, that the men of his Regiment are very profane and reprobate. He takes this opportunity of informing them of his great displeasure at such practises; and assures them if they do not leave them off, they shall be severely punished.

The officers are desired, if they hear any man swear, or make use of an oath or execration; to order the offender twenty-five lashes immediately, without a Court Martial.

For the second offence, they will be more severely punished."

{SOURCE: George Washington in his General Orders on 7 July 1756].


George Washington Commands Church-house Attendance & to Pray

"The General most earnestly requires and expects a due observance of those articles of war established for the government of the Army which forbid profane cursing, swearing and drunkenness.

And in like manner he requires and expects of all officers and soldiers not engaged in actual duty, a punctual attendance of Divine services,

to implore the blessing of Heaven upon the means used for our safety and defense."

[SOURCE: George Washington - General Orders, July 4, 1775].


George Washington Commands Day of Fasting and Prayer

"The Continental Congress having earnestly recommended, that 'Thursday next the 20th Instant, be observed by the Inhabitants of all the English Colonies upon this Continent, as a Day of public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer;

[SOURCE: George Washington in his General Orders on 16 July 1775].


George Washington Commands Confessing of Sins

"...that they may with united Hearts & 'Voice', (NOTE: this is united in verbal prayer) unfeignedly confess their Sins before God, and supplicate 'The All Wise and Merciful Disposer of Events', to avert the Desolation and Calamities of an unnatural war:'

[SOURCE: George Washington in his General Orders on 16 July 1775].


George Washington Commands Attendance to Divine Service

The General orders, that Day to be religiously observed by the Forces under his Command, exactly in manner directed by the proclamation of the Continental Congress: It is therefore strictly enjoin'd on all Officers and Soldiers, (not upon duty) to attend Divine Service, at the accustomed places of worship, as well in the Lines, as the Encampments and Quarters;

and it is expected, that all those who go to worship, do take their Arms, Ammunition and Accoutrements & are prepared for immediate Action if called upon."

[SOURCE: George Washington in his General Orders on 16 July 1775].


George Washington Commands Abstaining from Labor

If in the judgment of the Officers, the Works should appear to be in such forwardness as the utmost security of the Camp requires, they will command their men to abstain from all Labour upon that solemn day."

[SOURCE: George Washington in his General Orders on 16 July 1775].


Gaming of every kind is expressly forbid, as the foundation of evil, and the cause of many brave and gallant officer's ruin. games of exercise, for Amusement, may not only be permitted but encouraged."

[SOURCE: George Washington in his Circular orders to William Smallwood on 26 May 1777].

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