George Washington acknowledged God's assistance

Two years into the Revolutionary War, shortly after the Battle of Monmouth, George Washington and his troops commanded the Palisades, high cliffs across the Hudson from New York. At the time, events seemed favorable to the American cause though many challenges lay ahead. Nevertheless, nine states had ratified the Articles of Confederation, and it appeared that France would come in on the American side.

Circumstances were far different than in the early days and months of the war when Washington faced enormous obstacles, including the following:

• Early on, Washington could barely cobble together a fighting force, and those troops often turned tail and ran at the slightest British assault.

• Washington had earned the enmity of some members of Congress, refusing their demands, and the British pattern, that he confiscate supplies and billet his troops in the houses of citizens.

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