Happy Birthday, Army
America’s Army was founded, June 14, 1775, by order of the Second Continental Congress less than 60 days after the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
The next day, Congress voted unanimously for a surveyor and planter from Virginia who had served as a colonel of militia under the late Maj. Gen. Braddock and later Brig. Gen. Forbes during the French Campaign previously, as commander of the new Continental Army. Though he had never commanded more than 1,000 men under arms before, Gen. Washington turned out to not be so bad in the end with a little help from the French.
And he worked cheap too, only billing Congress for expenses.
Army Chief of Staff GEN Mark A. Milley’s official message: