During the American Revolution, the colonists and Founding Fathers quickly realized that their resistance would not be easily tolerated by the British. As skirmishes between the colonies’ and the British military increased and the monarchy continued to send thousands of troops to America to stop the rebellion, the Founding Fathers recognized that the time had come to create an army for their new nation—and the Continental Army was founded as the Revolutionary War inched ever closer.

With the official start of the Revolutionary War occurring at the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, it was clear that the colonists needed to be better prepared; at those battles, private militias fought, and there was no organized military effort. The soldiers on the battlefields were part-time volunteer soldiers, all of whom “enlisted” with the belief that they would provide local defense only. The colonists weren’t ready to wage war. So, on June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress formed the Continental Army. The Continental Army was created with soldiers from each of the 13 colonies. One day later, on June 15, George Washington was voted to be Commander in Chief of the new army.

As the American Revolution and the Revolutionary War ended, the Continental Army became the United States Army in 1784. Today, the same army that fights around the world is the Continental Army, now known by a different name—and no longer fighting a revolution.

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