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Commanding an Army

Generals Washington and Cornwallis convey why they chose to accept command of an army.

Highlights

  • The British army was large, highly trained and competent.
  • Though sympathetic to the American colonies, Lord Charles Cornwallis dutifully accepted a command as a British general.
  • The Continental Congress created the Continental Army and commissioned George Washington as commander-in-chief.
  • At first, the Continental Army was inexperienced, untrained and disorganized.
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Portrait of George III of the United Kingdom, Allan Ramsay, 1762, public domain


King George III, from the studio of Allan Ramsay, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

King George III, from the studio of Allan Ramsay, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation