Social Studies Lesson 1 (pages 247-250) The Second Continental Congress: (Did What??) Signed Olive Branch Petition and sent it to King George III Formed Continental Army. Made General George Washington the commander. Asked all colonies to support army by giving money. Printed Colonial Currency. (Made their own money) The Continental Army: Led by George Washington. 10,000 soldiers Little experience; fought like Indians hiding behind trees and rocks. Poorly trained, poorly equipped, and not well supplied. The British Army: Great experienced leaders. 50,000 soldiers. Well trained, equipped, and supplied. Had trouble getting men and supplies to colonies with Britain being 3,000 miles away.