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Private Jeremiah McGowan of the 2nd New York Regiment received this discharge, signed by General George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, on June 7, 1783. Having served through six years, including the Valley Forge Winter of 1777-1778, McGowan received the Badge of Merit, a chevron-shaped military decoration created by General Washington to honor his veteran soldiers. Continental Army veterans often kept their discharges and used them to prove their military service when they applied for pensions from the Federal Government in the 1800s.

Object Details

  • Discharge
    United States of America
    June 7, 1783
    Paper, Ink
    Museum of the American Revolution