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Celebrating 240 years since 1776, adapted in part from Stories of Faith & Courage from the Revolutionary War (AMG)

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October 1776

Fall of 1776
Following the battles of Harlem Heights and Long Island, George Washington shifts his strategy. “The war should be defensive . . . we should, on all occasions, avoid a general action, nor put anything to the risk, unless compelled by necessity, into which we ought never to be drawn,” Washington concludes. This is primarily a defensive war. His army is not strong enough to play offense. 

October 6, 1776 
Washington worries that independence might be lost without a well-trained Continental Army.

Fall 1776 
Before joining the Continental Army, Henry Knox had read numerous books on military history and science through the Boston bookstore that he had owned. His assessment in the fall of 1776 shows his belief in teaching men military discipline through education.

“The General [Washington] is as worthy a man as breathes, but he cannot do everything nor be everywhere. He [lacks] good assistants. There is a radical evil in our army—the lack of officers. We ought to have men of merit,” Henry Knox writes to his brother. 

Without naming names, Knox expresses his disappointment in the army’s officers. “Instead of which, the bulk of the officers of the army . . . make tolerable soldiers, but bad officers. . . We ought to have academies, in which the whole theory of the art of war shall be taught. . . As the army now stands, it is a receptacle of ragamuffins.”

October 16, 1776
George Washington orders a retreat from Manhattan on this day in 1776. New York City is lost to the British. 


British General William Howe earns knighthood for his successes.


Celebrating 240 years since 1776, adapted in part from Stories of Faith & Courage from the Revolutionary War (AMG)

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