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Posted on 01/03/2011 6:03:38 PM PST by Iron Munro
George Washington Approved Soldiers Dismissal for Attempt To Commit Sodomy at Valley Forge, With Detestation of Such Infamous Crimes
The Democrat-controlled Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed, a few days before Christmas, legislation to repeal the law against homosexuals serving in the military.
Back in 1778, at Valley Forge, however, Gen. George Washington approved the dismissal of a soldier for attempting to commit sodomy, with abhorrence and detestation of such infamous crimes, according to Washingtons papers at the Library of Congress.
Washington (1732-1799) was the leader of the Continental Army in Americas revolutionary war against Britain and served as the first president of the United States and thus as its first Commander in Chief of the armed forces and the militia, as stipulated in the Constitution. Valley Forge, in eastern Pennsylvania, was the site for the Continental Armys military camp during the winter of 1777-78.
On Mar. 10, 1778, at Valley Forge, Gen. George Washington approved the dismissal from service of Lt. Frederick Gotthold Enslin for attempting to commit sodomy with another soldier.
In the first presidents papers at the Library of Congress is a series of orders with the title, Head Quarters, V. Forge, Saturday, March 14, 1778. It includes the following entry,
At a General Court Martial whereof Colo. Tupper was President (10th March 1778) Lieutt. [Frederick Gotthold] Enslin of Colo. Malcom's Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy, with John Monhort a soldier; Secondly, For Perjury in swearing to false Accounts, found guilty of the charges exhibited against him, being breaches of 5th. Article 18th. Section of the Articles of War and do sentence him to be dismiss'd the service with Infamy.
His Excellency the Commander in Chief [George Washington] approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return; The Drummers and Fifers to attend on the Grand Parade at Guard mounting for that Purpose.
Enslins dismissal came less than two weeks after another soldier, Ensign Anthony Maxwell, was acquitted of the charge of propagating a scandalous report prejudicial to the character of Lieutt. Enslin on Feb. 27, 1778, according to the transcription of the court martial dated Mar. 3, 1778.
The document reads: At a Brigade Court Martial whereof Colo. Burr was President (Feby. 27th. 1778,) Ensign Maxwell20 of Colo. Malcom's Regiment tried for propagating a scandalous report prejudicial to the character of Lieutt. Enslin.21 The Court after maturely deliberating upon the Evidence produced could not find that Ensign Maxwell had published any report prejudicial to the Character of Lieutt. Enslin further than the strict line of his duty required and do therefore acquit him of the Charge.
His Excellency the Commander in Chief approves the aforegoing sentences and orders Ensign Maxwell to be discharged from his Arrest the transcription states.
The two following notes are also provide in the document at the Library of Congress:
[Note 20: Ensign Anthony Maxwell, of Malcom's Additional Continental regiment.]
[Lieut. Frederick Gotthold Enslin, of Malcom's Additional Continental regiment.]
President Barack Obama signed the legislation repealing the federal law (10 USC 654) behind the dont ask, dont tell policy on Dec. 22, 2010. The Senate (65-31) had passed the repeal legislation on Dec. 18, and the House of Representatives had passed repeal on Dec. 15, 2010.
In introducing the president at the Dec. 22 signing ceremony, Vice President Joe Biden said, Its a good day. Its a real good day. As some of my colleagues can tell you, this is a long time in coming. But I am happy its here. Mr. President, by signing this bill, you will be linking military might with an abiding sense of justice. Youll be projecting power by promoting fairness, and making the United States military as strong as they can be at a time we need it to be the strongest. Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States of America, the Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama.
President Obama said, You know, I am just overwhelmed. This is a very good day. And I want to thank all of you, especially the people on this stage, but each and every one of you who have been working so hard on this, members of my staff who worked so hard on this. I couldnt be prouder.
That is a long, long fall in less than 235 years.
From Ronald Reagan to Barry Soetoro - a real long fall in just 20 years.
Not something you read everyday.
Washington's papers are kept in the National Archives.
The link that I just posted in 6 is the Library of Congress.
Just my opinion...and, FWIW, I am one who believes that homosexual men and women have served our country well throughout all our wars, and DADT seems to make sense. Although I certainly cannot speak for the General, I believe he would agree.
Thanks for your contribution and the link (I had missed your previous posts).
I am always amazed at the brain power that posts here. It encourages me to research even if I'm not as good.
Thanks for your contribution and the link (I had missed your previous posts).
It had been posted on several homosexual agenda threads by several posters. We share info. :-)
Lt. Enslin was lucky he wasn’t hung. [Pun intended.]
[I know, its supposed to be “hanged” but couldn’t resist.]
Here’s another take on Washington. It has very bad language so if you are easily offended don’t look.
Watch when high school lets out in 2011 and when the guys and girls of the class of 2007 finish their 1st hitch, and how many just stop up for roll call.
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George Washington applied the proper solution to the problem of homos in the military. May the current repulsive aberration from normalcy be over soon.
The military is about killing people and surviving to kill more people so that we win.
It is not about "fairness."
What a bunch of candy ass idiots we have in national leadership!
Democrats have an inate dislike for the military. But since they are stuck with it they have decided to use it as a social labratory for all of their favorite "progressive" theories and a place to provide busywork employment for many people who would otherwise be on welfare.
Here is a link to the program.
Wow. I am surprised. I would have thought the originals would be in the archives with transcriptions at the LoC.
The Founding Fathers weren’t as so”fist”icated (Kevin Jennings pun) as we are today, they actually thought that the act of homosexuality was “detestable” (and as shown, their laws reflected it).
If you look at other orders given by General George Washington to his soldiers, you’ll see that card playing and cursing were prohibited (makes me think that he would frown upon them sodomizing one another).
George Washington’s original General Orders:
February 26, 1776
All Officers, non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers are positively forbid[den from] playing at Cards, and other Games of Chance. At this time of public distress, men may find enough to do in the service of God and their country without abandoning themselves to vice and immorality.