This Week In Quartermaster History
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, on16 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 nations 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