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The Writer’s Almanac for June 14, 2017: A Thunderstorm In Town

June 14, 2017: on this day: Second Continental Congress forms the Continental Army

It was on this day in 1775 that the Continental Army was formed by the Second Continental Congress. It was two months after the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought by local volunteers. The Congress voted unanimously to make George Washington Commander in Chief, and he accepted – that was the beginning of The United States Army. Although most of The Continental Army was disbanded in 1783 after the Treaty of Paris ended the revolution, two regiments stayed on. The U.S. Army was formally organized in 1796.