George Washington elected commander of Continental Army

By Kyra Hall

June 15, 2012

Today, in the year 1775, George Washington was unanimously elected commander of the Continental Army of the by the Second Continental Congress. He humbly accepted the post but was greatly concerned about the future. He wrote his wife, Martha, expressing to her that he did not want to leave her alone but had been unable to refuse the appointment. Many people know Washington as a humble man whose wisdom saw America through the dark days of the revolution. Our army was badly outnumbered and outgunned by the British forces, but Washington’s brilliant strategic mind led the young nation to victory against impossible odds.

Washington had an impressive record of military experience behind him when he was asked to take command of the Continental Army. He had spent years in the British Army and was a prominent commander in the French and Indian War of 1754. He was popular for his level-headed guidance and his prestige as a plantation owner. To the Continental Congress, Washington was the obvious choice for Commander in Chief, even if the man himself did not agree. It is said that some men are born great while others have greatness thrust upon them. For George Washington, both these statements hold true. He was a great man, but he had to be pushed by those that saw his potential in order to lead the United States to victory and beyond.

As the Fourth of July approaches, many people will remember the signing of the Declaration of Independence with fireworks and other celebrations, but there are many other crucial events that occurred before John Hancock ever put his pen to paper. This Independence Day, spare a thought for our first president who sacrificed so many years of his life for the good of his fellow countrymen.

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