The Articles of War Forbid Profane Cursing, Swearing and Drunkeness

This Day in History:  July 4th, 1775

“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 drunkeness; And in like manner requires and expects, of all Officers, and Soldiers, not engaged on actual duty, a punctual attendance on divine Service, to implore the blessings of heaven upon the means used for our safety and defence.” – George Washington, General Orders, Head Quarters, Cambridge, July 4, 1775; Fitzpatrick 3:309