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Birthdate of the US Army
June 14, 1775

Despite the success of the militia or minutemen against the British at the beginning of the American Revolution, it became clear that a regular army was a necessity. On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress passed legislation establishing one. The Congress authorized 88 battalions with 60,000 men. George Washington was named Commander-in-Chief. In practice, however, Washington rarely commanded more than 15,000 in the field.





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