One December night at Fraunces Tavern, a bunch of guys got together for a going away party for the boss. As he prepared to leave, the big man said: "With a heart full of love and gratitude I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable." Then General George Washington went back home to Virginia.
Washington's farewell to his officers, which took place in 1783, was the coda to New York's long, difficult experience during the Revolutionary War. From Brooklyn to the Bronx, New York City is dotted with significant sites from the struggle for independence. As the city gets set to remember America's break from the British on July 4, we asked city historians to talk about forgotten sites from New York's revolutionary past.