GW in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress. GW dined at Burns’s Tavern. He spent the evening with his new committee drafting army regulations.
At the Congress, it was resolved “that a General be appointed to command all the continental forces, raised, or to be raised, for the defense of American liberty.” Thomas Johnson of Md. nominated GW for the position, and the Congress unanimously named him General of the Continental army.
A letter dated on this day is sent to GW from his wife, Martha Washington, but the letter has not been found. John Parke Custis, Martha’s son from her first marriage, also wrote a letter to GW, his legal guardian, but its contents are not known.