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Author Topic: WASHINGTON ASSUMES COMMAND OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY: 3 JUL 1775  (Read 63 times)
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« on: July 02, 2019, 11:29:33 pm »

He wore his Virginia militia uniform to the meetings of the Continental Congress, as a delegate, and with no militia unit to command. He had been the spark that started the French and Indian War, and had been with Braddock at the latter's defeat near present day Pittsburgh, and had, on several occasions been refused a commission in the British Army. His name was George Washington.

Washington had been 'around' the military for a large part of his life, and it was only after the French and Indian War, and the Crown's refusal to give him a commission, that Washington turned to farming as his principal occupation [In his youth he had been a surveyor]. Yet even then he was an officer in the Virginia Militia, holding the rank of Colonel.

Most of, if not all of the members of the Continental Congress, knew of Washington's martial history, and of his martial aspirations. And those aspirations fit well into the political scheme of things, with John Adams pushing for a Virginian to take charge of the newly born Continental Army.

And thus it was on this date in 1775, that now General George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army encamped near, and surrounding British held Boston.
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