Washington Taking Command of the Troops at Cambridge, July 3, 1775

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In June of 1775, John Adams proposed that a Continental Army be organized out of existing colonial troops. On the 15th of that month, Washington was nominated to be the Army's first General, and on the 16th Washington formally accepted the position without pay. He wrote a letter accepting this position.[1] The letter is now housed by the National Archives.

The image depicts the artist's interpretation of Washington's first meeting with his Army after his formal acceptance of the position of General.

 

1.Morris, Richard B. Encyclopedia of American History, New York: Harper & Bros., 1953. pg. 86-87.

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Year: 1941
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Author/Creator: Artist: Paul Hawthorne

Publisher: The First National Bank of Boston
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Dimensions: 28 x 35.5 cm.

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Catalog Number: American Antiquarian Society