Nicholas Barrow - The Second Continental Congress

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  • The Second Continental Congress
  • So They Gathered Again
  • Our petitions were ignored!
  • Still no Georgia?
  • We must take action!
  • Gentlemen, nothing has changed!
  • Things have gotten worse!
  • Debate Resolved
  • War shall be reserved for the time being
  • This petition is our last resort for peace!
  • And for a general?
  • Fine. As long as he hears our grievances and acts on them! 
  • Drafting of these shall causes shall begin at once.
  • My state shall begin drafting immediately!
  • Independence Hall, Philadelphia, May 5th, 1775. The delegates from the same twelve colonies as before met once again to decide the fate of the forming nation. Several things have occurred since they last adjourned.
  • Appointing a General
  • This Congress is now adjourned!
  • War shall be reserved for the time being War shall be reserved for the time being
  • Then be it resolved, Washington is General!
  • It would be my greatest honor!
  • Drafting of these shall causes shall begin at once. Drafting of these shall causes shall begin at once.
  • Aye!
  • Aye!
  • The same colonies sent their delegates back to Philadelphia. King George III refused to even consider the Congress' resolves. Everyone was on relatively the same page: something must be done!
  • An Army Dispatched
  • The assembly decided it was best that every state draft a new state constitution for themselves. They also created the Continental Army. As a means of last resort, The Olive Branch Petition was sent to England, asking the king to stop the violence and reconsider.
  • Battle Erupts
  • John Adams suggested that a Virginian war legend, George Washington, be appointed general of the new army. Washington left the room to allow for debate, and returned to be unanimously named commander-in-chief of the new fighting force.
  • Aye!
  • Aye!
  • Fine. As long as he hears our grievances and acts on them!  Fine. As long as he hears our grievances and acts on them! 
  • Aye!
  • Aye!
  • I head for Virginia at once!
  • Aye!
  • However, not only did King George throw out their final petition, but he dispatched his entire navy to the colonies, as well as thousands of troops and german mercenaries. The fighting was only about to get worse!
  • Fighting broke out inside the colonial states, with groups like the Minute Men engaged in combat with the British troops and mercenaries. The final straw had been placed, the camel's back broken, and the war begun.
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