After defeating the British, Gen. George Washington resigned and returned to farming at Mount Vernon. On this day, Nov. 2, 1783, he issued his farewell orders to his troops. "Before the Comdr in Chief takes his final leave," he wrote, "he wishes ... a slight review of the past. ... The singular interpositions of Providence in our feeble condition were such, as could scarcely escape the attention of the most unobserving; while the ... perseverance of the Armies of the U. States, through almost every possible suffering ... for the space of eight long years, was little short of a standing miracle."