Bridging the Gap: George Washington's Impact on Civil Authority over the Military

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ethan Clewis (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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J. Mark Thompson, Ph. D.

Abstract: Prior to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, there existed an antiarmy sentiment among a majority of American colonists. This was evident with the selection of George Washington as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, as his peers viewed him as a politician, not a soldier. Despite this characterization, Washington worked tirelessly to ensure the Continental Army gained and maintained the trust of the American people, with many of his personal decisions directly influencing the actions and “honor” of the Continental Army. These actions taken by Washington not only convinced colonists to trust the army, but also ensured that overall military control rested in the hands of the elected, civilian government, a practice that is still in effect today.

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Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2019
History, American Revolutionary War, George Washington, Civil Authority, Military, Continental Army, Civilian Government ,

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