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When the American Revolution began, the colonies did not possess an army in the modern sense. The revolutionaries were amateur forces cobbled together from various New England militia companies. There was no unified chain of command and officers from colony to colony were not obligated to follow any sort of central command stragegies. These volunteers were led, equipped, armed and paid for by the colorines they were from.
In the spring of 1775 the revolutionary 'army' was about to confront British troops near Boston. The men quickly reorganized their forces or they would not stand a chance against such a well trained army as the British Army. At John Adams' request the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt the Boston troops on June 14 and resolved to form a committee to bring forward a draft of rules and regulations for the government formed Army. They voted $2,000,000 to support the forces around Boston and New York and authorized the formation of ten companies of expert riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia which were then directed to march to Boston in support of the New England militia.
George Washington was appointed as commander-in-chief of the Contienental Army and formally took command at Boston on July 3, 1775.