Friday, July 9, 2010

On this day in 1776, The Declaration of Independence was read to George Washington and his troops in NY

General George Washington directs the publication of the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Forces near what today is City Hall, New York City, 9 July 1776.

On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington's troops in New York. President of Congress John Hancock sent a broadside to General George Washington, instructing him to have it proclaimed "at the Head of the Army in the way you shall think it most proper". Washington had the Declaration read to his troops in New York City on July 9, with the British forces not far away. Washington and Congress hoped the Declaration would inspire the soldiers, and encourage others to join the army. After hearing the Declaration, crowds in many cities tore down and destroyed signs or statues representing royalty. An equestrian statue of King George in New York City was pulled down and the lead used to make musket balls.

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