of personal prowess rather than on concerted action;
and at fifty seven he was too old to be taken from his farm and his stand to command armies, even if he had not always wanted superintending vigilance, controlling energy, and the faculty of combination.
Next to those came Horatio Gates
, as adjutant general with the rank of brigadier.
His experience adapted him for good service in bringing the army into order; but he was shallow in his natural endowments and in his military culture, yet restless for a higher place, for which he did not possess either the requisite genius for command, or firmness of mind.
The continent took up arms, with only one general officer
, who drew to himself the trust and love of the country, with not one of the five next below him fit to succeed to his place.
On the twenty first of June, Thomas Jefferson
, then thirty years of age, entered congress, preceded by a brilliant reputation as an elegant writer and a courageous and far-sighted statesman.
The next day brought tidings of the Charlestown
At the grief for Warren
's death, Patrick Henry
exclaimed: ‘I am glad of it; a breach on our affections was needed to rouse the country to action.’
Congress proceeded at once to the election of eight brigadiers, of whom all but one were from New England
The first was Seth Pomeroy
, a gunsmith of Northampton
, the warmhearted veteran of two wars, beloved by all who knew him; but he was seventy years old, and on his perceiving some distrust of his capacity, he retired from the camp before receiving his commission.
The second was Richard Montgomery
, of New York, seventh from Washington
in rank, next to him in