Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: In late spring, 1775 George Washington of Virginia was elected by the Second Continental Congress as Commander-in-Chief of the newly created Continental Army. By early July he and his staff were in Boston to assume his new command. What he found must have given him pause. The troops handed into his care were badly led, poorly equipped, and sorely undisciplined. The man who arrived in Cambridge on July 2, 1775 to assume command of this motley assembly was ambivalent about the task he had accepted. Though he would remember his satisfaction when told of the American performance at the Battle of Charlestown Heights, often called the Battle of Bunker Hill or more precisely Breed’s Hill, this did not convince him that the colonial military enterprise could win through to victory. Facing down the most powerful nation in the world was not a commission that he accepted lightly. He protested to Congress that he was not equal to the task, but he took the command out of a profound sense of honor.