The Continental Army was formed after the outbreak of the Revolutionary War
by the colonies that became the United States of America. Established by a resolution of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775, it was created to coordinate the military efforts of the Thirteen Colonies in their revolt against the rule of Great Britain. The Army was supplemented by local militias and other troops that remained under control of the individual states. General George Washington
was the commander-in-chief of the army throughout the war. Most of the Continental Army was disbanded in 1783 after the Treaty of Paris ended the war. Painting by Henry Ogden, 1897. Vintage image restored by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.