This is my first AAR, so bear with me. I apologize for the small images, it is necessary for me to upload them on 56k
The last name was signed on the Declaration. It was official. Representatives from the thirteen colonies, from the woods and hills of New Hampshire to the tobacco plantations and mansions of Virginia, were declaring themselves free of King George III's rule. They had come to Philadelphia in the sweltering summer for common purpose. Now however, the practical problem, not the ideological one was in the way. The King would undoubtedly not let his colonies go without a fight. The colonists had already won a few "unofficial" victories, the rout on Bunker Hill near Boston namely. But to be free the colonists best and brightest would need to combine diplomacy, tact, strategy, and maybe a victory on the open field against the battle tested "thin red line". All of this needed to be done with very little respect, prestige, troops, and ships.
The first problem confronting this new, rag-tag (in the grand scheme of the world) was to find a commander for it's equally new, and equally rag-tag army, basically a combined militia force from all over. Boatsmen from Marblehead and Salem, shopkeepers from Manhattan. rough frontiersmen from Albany, and farmers from the tobacco fields of Virginia, who quite frankly had a bit of a distaste for their New England brothers in arms. The Congress settled on Benedict Arnold, arguably the best military mind in the colonies to command the infantry and artillery forces arrayed in Albany.
Meanwhile. General Washington, the Virginian, was given command of the cavalry, and devised a daring plan, he would use his immaculate leadership abilities to push his men quickly through British lands and seize them, force marching through the land. If they could take enough of these lands, maybe the British would let them go.
Troops were also being raised from amongst the militias of the colonies. There numbers however, were limited.