Washington's Crossing

How did the Continental Army soldiers reflect the various communities and classes from which it was drawn? How did its diversity challenge Washington's leadership skills?

From the book Washington's Crossing

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The soldiers came from many different areas of the 13 colonies. They were all fighting for the same cause of independence; however, where the soldiers were from explained their different views and ways of going about things. This is the problem that was presented to Washington. He wanted to lead them and he believed that discipline was needed. How was he to do this when the Americans did not want to be controlled by anyone or be told what to do?