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The US has a long history of vaccine mandates, starting with president George Washington’s 1777 order that all Continental Army soldiers undergo the crude and risky process of smallpox inoculation, which eventually led to their victory.A history of legal vaccine mandates show they are successful|Ananya Bhattacharya|November 5, 2021|Quartz
Not unlike the military today, in which vaccine misinformation and resistance festers, Continental Army soldiers came from all over the country, including places unfamiliar with or suspicious of inoculation.Mandatory immunization for the military: As American as George Washington|Gillian Brockell|August 26, 2021|Washington Post
The commander of the Continental Army realized that if he did not inoculate his army against smallpox, he might not have an army.George Washington, the First Vaxxer|Tom Shachtman|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or he could have been referring to the entire Continental Army.Life, Liberty, and the Founding Fathers’ Pursuit of Hoppiness|Kevin Bleyer|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Later, he pledged to the Americans serving under him in the Continental Army “I never will forsake you.”The Secret Founding Fathers|T.H. Breen|July 3, 2010|DAILY BEAST
The British under Burgoyne had advanced their works so far as to threaten a complete inclosure of the continental army.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Wooster was appointed one of the first brigadiers of the continental army, in 1775, and third in rank.
He was promoted to the rank of brigadier in the continental army, in January, 1783.
The following year he was unanimously chosen commander in chief, and assumed the command of the Continental Army July 2, 1775.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|James D. Richardson
If the remnant of the Continental army retreated, these unfortunate men would doubtless be left behind to pine in their prisons.The Bastonnais|John Lesperance