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Exhibit Theme

Supporting the Revolutionary Army

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Letter from the Continental...
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Letter from the Continental Congress to George Washington, July 24, 1775

George Washington, an experienced and respected military leader, provided a unifying influence as the American colonies rebelled against Great Britain. The Second Continental Congress placed great trust in him, as illustrated by this letter authorizing Washington to appoint officers and determine the number of troops needed for the newly created Continental Army. John Hancock, president of the Congress, signed the letter.

Manuscript Division, Library of Congress