Washington Orders Divine Services Every Sunday

This Day in History:  March 22nd, 1783  “In justice to the zeal and ability of the Chaplains, as well as to his own feelings, the Commander in Chief thinks it a duty to declare that the regularity and decorum with which Divine Service is performed every Sunday, will reflect great credit on the army in general, tend to improve the morals, and at the same time increase the happiness of the soldiery, and must afford the most pure, rational entertainment for every serious and well disposed mind.” March 22, 1783. Orderly Book, Newburg, New York, Headquarters.

You can find Thomas Rowlandson’s original painting, “Soldiers Attending Divine Service”, 1798, in the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at Brown University Library.