March 15 — September 16, 2018
Alexander Hamilton's participation in the struggle for American independence helped to shape his vision for the new nation and its institutions. He came of age in the West Indies and Revolutionary New York, where he befriended prominent American patriots and became committed to the idea of American independence. Hamilton served in the American army for the majority of the Revolutionary War, first as an artillery officer and then as the principal aide-de-camp to General George Washington. He fought at Long Island, Trenton, Princeton, Monmouth Court House, and Yorktown. In the last months of the war, Hamilton joined the Society of the Cincinnati, a hereditary organization of officers of the Revolution founded to perpetuate the memory of the war for independence and its ideals. Hamilton followed Washington as the second president general of the Society, serving from 1800 until his death in 1804. Through artifacts, works of art, and documents from the period, this exhibition will explore the influence of Hamilton's involvement in the Revolutionary War and the Society of the Cincinnati on his political career and other achievements.