(Taken from United States History: Independence to 1914)
Washington declared that he could “no longer remain a passive [inactive] spectator” in the event. He personally led the army in military action against the rebellion—the first and only time an American president has done so. The army of about 13,000 men approached western Pennsylvania in November 1794. By this time most of the rebels had fled. The Whiskey Rebellion ended without a battle.