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In early 1775, the Continental Congress began putting their rebel army together. In June, they appointed George Washington to commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

The Revolutionary War 1775-1783

Why Did George Washington Join the Revolution?
Revolutionary War

Why Did George Washington Join the Revolution?

Cambridge, Massachusett

Washington arrived in Cambridge on July 2nd to take command of the newly-formed Continental Army. "The Village I am in," Washington observed, "is situated in the midst of a very delightful Country, and is a very beautiful place itself."

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The Continental Army

The army was ragtag, barely trained, half-starving and woefully unequipped. The group was also hardly united for too much of the war and led by generals often squabbling, undermining, or fighting with each other.

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The Quebec Campaign

August 1775 to July 1776

The ill-fated American invasion of Quebec was lost, in part, due to Congressional leaders' indecision and lack of organization which prevented Continental troops from receiving the financial and military support necessary to execute any sort of effective military strategy. 

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Vaccinating the Troops

Smallpox was the first major threat to General Washington, endangering the lives of thousands, including military and civilian alike, the continued viability of the Continental Army, and the success of the war for independence from Britain.


June 23, 1775

This note is one of few evidences we have of Martha and George Washington’s relationship – a love letter as romantic and tender today as it was in 1775.

Revolutionary War Timeline

George Washington was appointed commander of the Continental Army in 1775. Despite having little experience in commanding large, conventional military forces, his leadership presence and fortitude held the American military together long enough to secure victory at Yorktown and independence for his new nation in 1781.

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