The book also examines the influence on his political thought of his experiences as Virginia legislator and member of the Continental Congress
June 14 commemorates the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress
officially established the stars and stripes as the official symbol and flag of the United States of America.
A month after the Continental Congress
had drafted the Declaration of Independence, one of that document's architects, Benjamin Franklin, sketched out a brief description of his design for the Great Seal of the new nation.
At most of those events, I tell the story of Francois-Louis Teissedre, Vicomte de Fleury (born 28 August 1749 in Saint-Hippolyte-le-Graveyron, France), and how he came to lead a battalion in the attack on Stony Point on 16 July 1779, how the Continental Congress
voted to award him a medal for that action (Congress awarded a total of 11 medals during the Revolutionary War and only one of them to a foreigner--de Fleury), (1) and how that medal was adopted by the Army Engineer Association as the award for significant contributions to the Engineer Regiment.
In fact, there have been at least two episodes in America's relatively short history where Americans in desperate need of salvation from tyranny have called conventions: the Continental Congress
and the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
Edmund Burnett's classic The Continental Congress
 is seldom read today.
The Battle of Point Pleasant was fought on October 10, 1774, which was one month after the Continental Congress
had convened in September, 1774.
It's considered the "official" version of the Declaration because it's the only one signed by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and all the other members of the Continental Congress
shortly after its adoption on July 4, 1776.
On September 20, 1776, the Continental Congress
approved an oath that, once again, made no reference to God.
In his book "The First American Revolution,'' Ray Raphael proves the people of rural Massachusetts -- like those of Worcester County and the Blackstone Valley -- established America as a direct republic long before the Continental Congress
meeting in Philadelphia decided what to do.
The Continental Congress
passed a resolution thanking Moultrie.
Armstrong, who fought with Washington in the American Revolution, was a Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress