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Organized in New Windsor, New York, June 9, 1783

The New York Society was one of the first constituent branches formed by officers of the Continental Army in cantonment at New Windsor, New York. The New York Society's organizing meeting, including only infantry officers, took place on June 9, 1783—the same date the Massachusetts Society was established. At that meeting, Lt. Col. Benjamin Walker was directed to collect ballots from those officers present and also to solicit votes from the officers of the artillery. The results of the election were announced on July 5: Maj. Gen. Alexander McDougall, president; Brig. Gen. George Clinton, vice president; Lt. Col. Benjamin Walker, secretary; Col. Philip Van Cortlandt, treasurer; and Maj. Nicholas Fish, assistant treasurer.

In 1786, the New York Society adopted a flag "of silk, imitating the Standard of the United States, having thirteen blue and white stripes alternate; in the upper corner of which to be painted the bald eagle." The New York Society flag and a later banner of similar design were adopted as the official standards of the General Society in 1905.

The New York Society is one of only six constituent societies to have remained in continuous operation since its founding.

Society Officers

for the Triennium 2019 - 2022

  • President General

    William Pless Lunger
    North Carolina Society
  • Vice President General

    Frank Keech Turner, Jr.
    Maryland Society
  • Secretary General

    Joel Thomas Daves IV
    Virginia Society
  • Treasurer General

    Francis Ellerbe Grimball
    South Carolina Society
  • Assistant Secretary General

    William Postell Raiford
    North Carolina Society
  • Assistant Treasurer General

    Robert Mosby Turnbull
    Virginia Society