Second Continental Congress

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ITINERANT CONGRESS

The Second Continental Congress, and then Confederation Congress (following ratification of the Articles of Confederation on 1-Mar-1781), convened at these locations:

Location Begin Date End Date
Philadelphia, PA 10-May-1775 12-Dec-1776
Baltimore, MD 20-Dec-1776 27-Feb-1777
Philadelphia, PA 4-Mar-1777 18-Sept-1777
Lancaster, PA 27-Sep-1777 27-Sep-1777
York, PA 30-Sep-1777 27-Jun-1778
Philadelphia, PA 2-Jul-1778 21-Jun-1783
Princeton, NJ 30-Jun-1783 4-Nov-1783
Annapolis, MD 26-Nov-1783 19-Aug-1784
Trenton, NJ 1-Nov-1784 24-Dec-1784
New York, NY 11-Jan 1785 2-Mar-1789

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Washington was imperfect. In strictly military terms, he does not merit comparisons that have sometimes been made between him and generals like Marlborough, Frederick the Great, Napoleon, or Robert E. Lee. Yet he remains a remarkable man, one of those Tolstoyan figures whose acts determine the course of history. James Thomas Flexner has called him the indispensable man. Nobody — not Nathanael Green or Henry Knox, and certainly not Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, or John Adams — united the military, political, and personal skills that made Washington unique ... without George Washington there could have been no victory in the Revolutionary War, no United States. As a soldier he was erratic but competent. As a man he was impulsive, vindictive, brave, hardworking, intelligent, and virtuous. And as a leader he was great. Those who mourned Washington’s passing in 1799 were right to regard him, for all his flaws, as the savior of his country.

Edward G. Lengel
General George Washington: A Military Life (2005)