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Continental Army


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  • n. the American army during the American Revolution


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  • At the moment that the Congress voted on the Declaration, Washington was commanding his ragtag Continental Army in New York City, about 90 miles from Philadelphia.

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  • History tells us that the man who first instilled discipline in the ragtag Continental Army at Valley Forge was the Prussian Baron Frederick William von Steuben.

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  • Erik Prince likes to point out that in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, stand the statues of four military officers who helped whip the ragtag Continental Army into shape to defeat the British in the Revolutionary War.

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  • Britain, the army gathered about Boston was adopted as the beginning of the forces to be assembled and was termed the Continental Army, and

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  • [Sidenote: 1775 -- 1783] _The nucleus of the Continental Army was the New England force gathered before Boston, to the command of which Washington had been appointed two days before the battle of Bunker Hill, although he arrived too late to take part in that fight.

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  • It was called the Continental Army because it was raised, not to fight for the people of Massachusetts, but for all the Americans on the continent, north and south.

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  • Crossing, for example, the Continental Army is a seedbed of democracy in its very workings even up to the commander's war councils, while the British forces and their Hessian allies are withering transplants of an overgrown aristocracy.

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  • The ragtag Continental Army was encamped along the Pennsylvania shore of the Delaware River exhausted, demoralized and uncertain of its future.


  • The victories pulled the languishing Revolution out of the depths of despair, galvanized colonial support, shocked the British and convinced potential allies such as France, Holland and Spain, that the Continental Army was a force to be reckoned with


  • •Organized first American army called the Continental Army and appointed George Washington as our Commanding General.

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