Accession Number:

ADA513815

Title:

General George Washington; Exemplar-in-Chief: A Historical Analysis of George Washington's Influence on the Early Continental Army and Civil Military Relations

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

George Washington was an Exemplar-in-Chief who had an indelible influence on the nature and character of the early Continental Army, an influence that set the precedent for how the United States military would interact with civil authorities under the new institution of a democratic republic. An analysis of the historical record shows multiple examples of George Washingtons early influence in shaping the nature and character of the United States military. Todays American military is a direct descendant of the early Continental Army, which fought the War for Independence and was shaped by Washingtons influence. In analyzing Washingtons motives and actions, to include correspondence and court martial rulings, this study will attempt to open a window of understanding into Washingtons influence on the Continental Army and on the American military tradition among the officer corps to the present day. Washington left a lasting impression on the American military structure that has held strong for over 200 years. Through his actions in creating the Continental Army and leading that Army during the Revolution, he forever set the framework for the civil-military tradition in this nation -- a nation that has never seen a military coup. Washingtons influence is not only significant...it cemented the military subordination to civilian authority which has lasted to this day.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE