Congress passed a tax on American made whiskey in March 1791. The tax was part of Alexander Hamilton's plan to raise money to help pay for the federal debt.
George Washington could no longer remain neutral in this tax, so he personally led the military into action. The army of 13,000 approached western Pennsylvania in November 1794. By this time most of the Rebels had fled, and the Whiskey Rebellion ended without a battle.
In 1796, George Washington decided not to run for a third presidential term. Washington wrote the Farewell Address with the help of Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. In it, Washington wrote about the problems of the government and what not to do while in office.