The Road To Glory In A Patriot Army: Virtue, by Daniel Sheridan

OTD# August 7, 1782, the Commander of the Continental Army, George Washington, to honor virtuous soldiers, creates the Purple Heart medal (Badge of Military Merit).

“The General ever desirous to cherish virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military merit, directs that whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth, or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding. Not only instances of unusual gallantry, but also of extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way shall meet with a due reward…The road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus open to all.” by Daniel Sheridan

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