General George Washington's steps to transform the Provincial Army into the Continental Army
are instructive to any commander faced with overhauling an undisciplined force.
After years of enslavement, Cato Greene was quite clear regarding his motivation for enlisting in the Continental Army
. During the war, he stated, "he enlisted to obtain his freedom." (4)
He had joined the American forces during the invasion of Canada early in the war, and had retreated with them to become a permanent enlistee of the Continental Army
. Having received a Jesuit education, Nia-man was a cultured and literate man, and described himself as "bon Chretien et bon Catholique." He had risen in the ranks of the army and was now a colonel.
(2) Figure 1--Enlistment Document Prescribed by Congress, 14 June 1775 (6) "I -- have, this day, voluntarily enlisted myself, as a soldier, in the American continental army
, for one year, unless sooner discharged: And I do bind myself to conform, in all instances, to such rules and regulations, as are, or shall be, established for the government of the said Army."
Unlike the August morning in 1780, however, this time the blue-coated Continental Army
won the field.
On September 1, 1776, General Washington organized "Knowlton's Rangers," the first Continental Army
unit dedicated to tactical reconnaissance and intelligence gathering.
1776: British troops were forced by the Continental Army
under George Washington to evacuate Boston, sailing to Nova Scotia.
That year, 138 World War I veterans were awarded the Purple Heart at Temple Hill in New Windsor at the sight of the last encampment of the Continental Army
In this intriguing fictional account of a true story, Deborah Sampson disguises herself as a man and enlists in the Continental Army
In September 1781, the forces of Great Britain surrendered to the Continental Army
, commanded by General George Washington.
Visitors to the museum follow a chronological story line beginning with the American Revolution and an exhibit of reproduced rank insignia, uniforms and equipment that would have been used by NCOs in the Continental Army
. Information about pay, rations and rank structure are integrated into the exhibits.
After witnessing a bloody battle, John returns to Philadelphia and nominates George Washington to lead the Continental Army