Congress ratifies peace with Great Britain!

April 15, 1783

Congress ratifies peace with Great Britain

On this day in 1783, the Continental Congress of the United States officially ratifies the preliminary peace treaty with Great Britain that was signed in November 1782. The congressional move brings the nascent nation one step closer to the conclusion of the Revolutionary War.

Five months later, on September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed by representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France, officially bringing an end to the Revolutionary War. It also formalized Great Britain’s recognition of America’s independence.

The treaty established the Mississippi River as the western boundary of the new United States; allowed U.S. fishermen to troll the waters off Newfoundland, Canada; recognized the legitimacy of pre-war debts owed by Americans and Britons; and promised to reunite American Loyalists with property seized from them during the war. The American and Britons were satisfied with the agreement. However, western Indians who had allied themselves to Britain discovered that their land had been handed over by the British to the Americans without consultation or compensation. As they had neither lost their battles nor negotiated a treaty with the Americans, they continued to fight until 1795. Spain assisted southern Indians as they fought to protect their land from encroaching Georgians.

North of the Ohio Valley, the British maintained their forts at Niagara and Detroit, despite their promise to withdraw in the Treaty of Paris. They argued that Americans had breached the treaty by failing to return Loyalist property and pay British creditors as promised. American willingness to trade with revolutionary France further angered the British, and increased their promises of British aid to aggrieved Indians. The British only retreated from the Northwest Territory following the negotiation of the controversial Jay treat with Britain, which was ratified in 1795.


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Museum of the Revolution Opening!

Compatriots and Friends!

The Museum of the American Revolution is opening April 19, 2017 in Philadelphia.  From the looks of the website there will be plenty to see, including George Washington’sHQ Tent.  Hopefully they will continue to put some high-resolution images of some of their holdings for those of us that can’t go right away.

Pistols once owned by Brigadier General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg (1746—1807)

Pistols once owned by Brigadier General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg (1746—1807)

BOM and Raffle – We need your help!

Now is the time for all good Compatriots to come to the aid of their Chapter!

The 2016 Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution October Board of Managers Meeting is fast approaching.

 Our Chapter is honored to be hosting it and our preparations are almost complete.

 We need your help!

First, Past Chapter President Henry Shoenfelt is coordinating the manning of the Registration Table.  Please volunteer for an hour or two to support his effort.  His email address is

Second, Chapter Chaplain Max Miller is collecting items for the Silent Auction.  We are asking each of you to donate one item for it.  If you are willing and able, please let Max know what your item will be.  The money collected will go entirely to the SAR’s Patriot Fund.  His email address is

Third, Chapter President Elect Jim Clements is marketing raffle tickets for the custom made knife and hatchet.  Please consider supporting this effort as well by purchasing raffle tickets.  The cost to our Chapter is $1100.00 and anything we collect above that amount goes to our Chapter treasury to support all the things we do during the year.  Please let Jim know how many raffle tickets he should save for you.  His email address is  Attached is the flyer for these raffles.  Please share it with everyone you think might be interested because the more money we raise from these, the more the chapter can do the great work it does. They can buy the raffle tickets online and DO NOT have to be present to win.


If you have never attended a state Board of Managers Meeting, I recommend you do so Saturday in place of our regular monthly Chapter meeting.  If you intend on coming Saturday, please register at  the following link:

Lastly, Color Guard members are reminded to wear period attire so we can represent the chapter in force.  As always, you will earn points towards color guard service medals.  If you have any questions on this, please contact our Deputy Color Guard Commander, Robert Hites.  His email address is

We are excited to have the opportunity to showcase Austin, Texas and the Patrick Henry Chapter to our fellow TXSSAR Compatriots.

Please come join us by registering and enjoying the fellowship and experience with like-minded Patriots!

 Thank you for your support!