"I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with ... From
the day I enter upon the command of the American armies, I date my fall
and the ruin of my reputation."
When the head of the Continental Army made those self-deprecating statements
at the time of his selection last year, he was acknowledging
that Congress's choice had not been inevitableand perhaps not even
right. Among the others who had been considered: Artemas Ward, then
47, ailing commander of the Massachusetts troops, and Charles Lee,
44, who now...
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