The Continental Army, Chapter III

The Continental Regiments of 1776: Boston and Quebec In 1775 the four New England colonies had raised their own armies in the aftermath of Lexington, and New York followed suit with encouragement from the Continental Congress. Lack of centralized direction allowed each colony to base its regimental organization on its own particular experience in the …

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The Continental Army, Chapter II


The Continental Army: Washington and the Continental Congress Formation of a New England army in the first months after Lexington marked the first phase in the military struggle with England, but even as the regional army gathered before Boston, a significant step in the creation of a national force was being taken in Philadelphia. The …

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The Continental Army, Chapter I

The Army of Observation: New England in Arms On 19 April 1775 local Massachusetts militiamen and regular British troops began the War of American Independence at Lexington and Concord. The New England colonists reacted to this news by raising four separate armies. Each jurisdiction formed its force according to its particular experience in earlier wars …

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The Continental Army, Preface and Contents


Robert K. Wright, Jr. Robert K. Wright, Jr., received a B.A. degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross in 1968 and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in early American history from the College of William and Mary in 1971 and 1980, respectively. He served with the Army on active duty from 1968 to …

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The Battle of Camden, Bibliography

BIBLIOGRAPHY1 SOURCE MATERIAL ANALYZED SPARKS, JARED (1835. Boston). The Writings of George Washington. SPARKS, JARED (1853. Boston). Correspondence of the Revolution. Letters to Washington. CONTINENTAL CONGRESS (1780). Journals of the Continental Congress. ROSS, CHARLES (1859. London). Correspondence of Charles, First Marquis Cornwallis. TARLETON, BANASTRE (1787. London). A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781, …

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