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Forgotten Army: The Abandonment of American Revolutionary War Soldiers
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0913337641, Paperback)The American War of Independence ended for most Americans as support of the Army lost urgency, evident even before Yorktown, when Congress voted to reduce the Army again. The war had to be over for America was too weak, too poor to go on. To save money throughout the war, militias and levies were disbanded after each campaign; now, by tacit agreement, the Continentals were dwindling, from impoverished generals to starving, homesick privates. Of a paper strength in late 1782 of 10,000, only 2,800 managed to march. Washington complained of the "absolute emptiness of our magazines everywhere and the total want of money or credit to replenish them." The public was carelessly ignorant of the basic responsibilities of free men. Townspeople were less and less helpful, even the comparatively few who had been; jaded as everyone was at the sight of crippled, destitute veterans limping toward homes they used to know, begging at doorsteps, stealing to live long enough.
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