This Week In Quartermaster History

10-16 June


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        Quote of the Week:

  "Resolved, That there be one Quarter-Master-General for the Grand Army and a deputy under him for the separate Army."

Journals of the Continental Congress
Meeting in Philadelphia, June 16, 1775

Short Quartermaster History  
The Quartermaster Regiment
After the skirmishes as Lexington and Concord and the New England provincial Army had laid siege to the British garrison in Boston, delegates to the Second Continental Congress meeting in the old State House in Philadelphia (later known as Independence Hall) turned their attention toward creating a National Army.

Here, on 16 June 1775, George Washington, "rising in his place," accepted the commission of his fellow members to become Commander of the Continental Army. Among other actions taken that same day, Congress approved the appointment of a "Quarter-Master-General." And with that brief act the United States Army Quartermaster Corps was born.

Since that time Quartermaster soldiers have served in every war and in every major campaign throughout our nation’s history. And assisted with humanitarian aid and disaster relief in peacetime as well.

This week the Quartermaster Corps proudly celebrates the  anniversary of its founding.


Compiled by
the
U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps Historian
Fort Lee, Virginia

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