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Washington’s command hung in the balance more than once. He had a very checkered battle record after all.
I think so long as Congress supported him he could be assured of his command. Congress supported him as long as he kept the cause alive. Washington was the man that took Boston, as I suppose given the lack of any other commander to praise took the credit for the entire campaign. Things must have looked very dicey after New York and if he hadn’t won at Trenton and Princeton who knows what might have happened. I think he was living almost on time borrowed from his early reputation. He also had a knack of just managing to save a situation before it was too late.