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Unformatted text preview: Hamilton's public humiliation, however, did not hamper him from working. In the late 1790s, a conflict between France and the United States seemed inevitable. French naval ships had attacked hundreds of American merchant ships in the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic, and in 1798, President John Adams asked George Washington to resume his post as commander of the U.S. military. Washington consented, on the condition that Hamilton be named as his second-in-command. Adams agreed, and Hamilton eagerly accepted the assignment. He had been a lieutenant-colonel in the Continental Army but now served as a major-general. Hamilton's primary duties as Washington's executive officer were to organize the troops and prepare for war with France. He made numerous recommendations to Congress on how best to improve the military. The thought of leading his country to war as a great how best to improve the military....
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- Fall '08