Continental Army

Continental Army general; key to winning the war in the South; 1742—86.
 
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Washington’s aide-de-camp, lawyer, contributor to the Federalist Papers, Secretary of the Treasury; 1755/1757—1804.
 
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Continental Army general, chief artillery officer, first Secretary of War; 1750—1806.
 
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Continental Army officer, aide-de-camp to Washington, son of Henry Laurens; 1754—82.
 
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Continental Army general, formerly a British officer; 1732—82.
 
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”Light Horse Harry”; Continental Army officer, Virginia governor; 1756—1818.
 
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Aide-de-camp to Washington throughout the Revolutionary War; 1744—1786.
 
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Commander-in-chief of the Continental Army; first President; 1732—99.
 
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Continental Army general, defeated the British at Stony Point; 1745—96.
 
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The Americans ... revolted not to create but to maintain their freedom. American society had developed differently from that of the Old World. From the time of the first settlements in the seventeenth century, wrote Samuel Williams in 1794, every thing tended to produce, and to establish the spirit of freedom. While the speculative philosophers of Europe were laboriously searching their minds in an effort to decide the first principles of liberty, the Americans had come to experience vividly that liberty in their everyday lives.

Gordon S. Wood
The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States (2011)