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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Washingtoniana. -1857 (search)
6, when news of the British evacuation of Boston reached Congress, that body resolved that its thanks be presented to the commander-in-chief and the officers and soldiers under his command, for their wise and spirited conduct in the siege and acquisition of Boston; and that a medal of gold be struck in commemoration of this great event and presented to his Excellency. This medal was nearly 2 3/4 inches in diameter. On one side was a profile head of Washington, with the Latin legend, Georgio Washington, Svpremo Dvci Exercitvvm Asertori Libertatis Comitia Americana — The American Congress to George Washington, the Commander-in-chief of its Armies, the Assertor of Freedom. On the reverse, the device shows troops advancing towards a town; others marching towards the water; ships in view; General Washington in front, and mounted, with his staff, whose attention he is directing to the embarking enemy. The legend is, Hostibus Primo Fugatis — The enemy for the first time put to flight. T