George Washington creates the Purple Heart


On August 7, 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, creates the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver. 

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Article Title

George Washington creates the Purple Heart

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HISTORY

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https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/washington-creates-the-purple-heart

Access Date

August 7, 2022

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A&E Television Networks

Last Updated

August 5, 2020

Original Published Date

November 13, 2009