"Revolutionary America! 1763-1789 April 20-November 3, 2002

The Continental Army
from Boston to Quebec

George Washington, Commander in Chief

photo of exhibit sectionGEORGE WASHINGTON
Commander in Chief

GEORGE WASHINGTON was a commanding presence at 6'3" tall and 225 pounds. As the richest planter in the South, the 42-year-old's primary skills in 1775 included plantation management and entertaining the gentry. Washington spoke little and rarely smiled, but his aloof demeanor masked ongoing pain from ill-fitting dentures.

A veteran of the French and Indian War (who had fought in only two minor battles), Washington embarked on his new command with only a few generals, promises of volunteers and 36 barrels of gunpowder. It was not a promising beginning

In this photo:
BRONZE BUST that was a gift to Herbert Hoover
  On loan from the collection of:
    --Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch IA
RECEIPT of PAYMENT for troops per order of General Washington, April 15, 1776
    --Robert G. Oswald
SLICE OF THE TREE under which George Washington took command of the Continental Army on July 3, 1775, at Cambridge, Massachusetts
    --State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines IA
PORTRAIT of George Washington (reproduction) painted a few years before the Revolution


When Did it Happen? Sub-Sections
The Shot Heard Round the World
  Miniature Diorama
  George Washington, Commander in Chief (You are here)
Common Sense
  Pamphlet, "Common Sense"
The Colonies Commit Treason
  56 Traitors Who Signed the Declaration of Independence


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