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George Washington Approved Soldier’s Dismissal for Attempt ‘To Commit Sodomy’ at Valley Forge
CNSNews .com ^ | January 03, 2011 | Penny Star

Posted on 01/03/2011 6:03:38 PM PST by Iron Munro

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George Washington Approved Soldier’s 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 Washington’s papers at the Library of Congress.

Washington (1732-1799) was the leader of the Continental Army in America’s 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 Army’s 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 president’s 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.”

Enslin’s 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 “don’t ask, don’t 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, “It’s a good day. It’s a real good day. As some of my colleagues can tell you, this is a long time in coming. But I am happy it’s here. … Mr. President, by signing this bill, you will be linking military might with an abiding sense of justice. You’ll 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 couldn’t be prouder.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: dadt; founders; homosexualagenda; homosexualism
From George Washington down to Barack Obama.

That is a long, long fall in less than 235 years.

1 posted on 01/03/2011 6:03:44 PM PST by Iron Munro
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To: Iron Munro

From Ronald Reagan to Barry Soetoro - a real long fall in just 20 years.


2 posted on 01/03/2011 6:11:23 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (RomneyCare is Mitt`s Chappaquiddick)
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To: Pharmboy

Not something you read everyday.


3 posted on 01/03/2011 6:13:10 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Iron Munro
"General, when he said he wanted to smoke my pole, I handed him my pipe".


4 posted on 01/03/2011 6:17:33 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: GOPsterinMA
according to Washington’s papers at the Library of Congress

Washington's papers are kept in the National Archives.

5 posted on 01/03/2011 6:41:31 PM PST by wideminded
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To: Iron Munro
Good gravy! The author of this article reads FR? I and others have posted this link on several occasions.

George Washington, March 14, 1778, General Orders

6 posted on 01/03/2011 6:52:50 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: wideminded

The link that I just posted in 6 is the Library of Congress.


7 posted on 01/03/2011 6:54:18 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: thefactor
Well, no real surprise here. Homosexuality has always been around...the General seems to have dealt with it forthrightly. He was enlightened enough to not have had "the sodomist" shot.

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.

8 posted on 01/03/2011 7:01:36 PM PST by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: DJ MacWoW
I think a lot of bloggers and talkers use FR as a platform for stories, links, and information...some of the finest researchers and thinkers post here.

Thanks for your contribution and the link (I had missed your previous posts).

9 posted on 01/03/2011 7:08:59 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner
I think a lot of bloggers and talkers use FR as a platform for stories, links, and information...some of the finest researchers and thinkers post here.

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. :-)

10 posted on 01/03/2011 7:21:08 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: Iron Munro

Lt. Enslin was lucky he wasn’t hung. [Pun intended.]

[I know, its supposed to be “hanged” but couldn’t resist.]


11 posted on 01/03/2011 7:22:15 PM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: stainlessbanner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbRom1Rz8OA

Here’s another take on Washington. It has very bad language so if you are easily offended don’t look.


12 posted on 01/03/2011 7:23:27 PM PST by gthog61
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

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.


13 posted on 01/03/2011 7:35:53 PM PST by Waco (From Seward to Sarah)
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To: Iron Munro

Great post.
Thank you.


14 posted on 01/03/2011 7:57:34 PM PST by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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15 posted on 01/03/2011 7:59:53 PM PST by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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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.

16 posted on 01/03/2011 8:35:35 PM PST by little jeremiah
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To: Iron Munro
You’ll be projecting power by promoting fairness...Joe Biden

BS.

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!

17 posted on 01/03/2011 9:48:54 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: xzins
The military is about killing people and surviving to kill more people so that we win. It is not about "fairness."

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.


18 posted on 01/03/2011 10:50:33 PM PST by Iron Munro (Claire Wolfe: You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat)
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To: DJ MacWoW
You are right. I was wrong. There was once a fascinating program on C-SPAN where they went into the stacks where all the papers of the early presidents are stored. I recalled this as being at the National Archives, but I just located the program and the place they visited is the Madison Building of the Library of Congress.

Here is a link to the program.

19 posted on 01/04/2011 5:25:16 AM PST by wideminded
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To: wideminded

Wow. I am surprised. I would have thought the originals would be in the archives with transcriptions at the LoC.


20 posted on 01/04/2011 6:13:11 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: Iron Munro

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).
http://lasalettejourney.blogspot.com/2009/07/founding-fathers-and-homosexuality.html

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.
http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=51

http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=85


21 posted on 01/04/2011 9:23:29 AM PST by aSeattleConservative ("...the American Christian ... would rather die on his feet, than live on his knees!" G. Washington)
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