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Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Barry J. Levy
Military History | United States History
In 1775, a Virginia gentleman-planter was given command of a New England army outside of Boston and the Continental Army was born. Over the course of eight years, a cultural negotiation concerning the use of and limits to military authority was worked out between the officers and soldiers of the Continental Army that we call leadership today. How this army was led, and how the interactions between officers and soldiers from the various states of the new nation changed their understandings of the proper exercise of military authority, was codified in The Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States. The result was a form of military leadership that recognized the autonomy of the individual soldiers, a changing concept of honor, and a new American tradition of military service.
Sculley, Seanegan P., ""'We Began the Contest for Liberty Ill Provided': Military Leadership in the Continental Army, 1775-1783"" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations. 397.