George Washington, the General of the Continental Army,
didn't accept pay himself. The only thing he does do is submit an
expense account to the government of the time.
He was the right man in the right place at the right time,
and he held the army together. Amazingly, someone from Massachusetts was
able to command troops from Virginia.
It was improbable at that time that some one would be able
to create a coalition where none had existed before.
Each of the thirteen colonies considered themselves
an almost independent state.
This sectionalism existed all through
the continent, and it could have easily torn the army apart,
and if the army had been torn apart, the nation wouldn't have had a chance.
To hear personal accounts of the Revolutionary men and women, click on the links below:
Major General Benjamin Lincoln
Helen Smith: Wife of a Soldier
Lieutenant in the Light Infantry