Charles Lee

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Charles Lee: General in the American Revolutionary War
By David E. LaClair Jr

Charles Lee, a general in the American Revolutionary war, is a historic figure in American history. Serving under George Washington, Charles Lee participated in a number of battles. However, history says Charles Lee was treacherous to the cause, all the while that he was in command during that time; he was acting in bad faith toward the Americans. His influence in the army was, at all times, mischievous (General Charles Lee: Traitor of the American Revolution). To the British, Charles Lee was a traitor who turned on England to fight under George Washington. Due to Charles Lee’s treacherous actions against America, it would lead to his downfall in the
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Most of the credit rightfully belonged to Colonel Moultrie because nine warships mounting nearly 270 guns (cannon) were soundly defeated by Colonel William Moultrie. Also, with limited ammunition, Moultrie’s orders were not to waste fire (Preservation Society of Charleston). When Washington gave Lee another command sometime after, Lee was reluctant to carry it out. Lee questioned Washington’s ability, possibly from his earlier experience with Washington at Braddock’s. Some have speculated that Lee wanted to see his superior defeated so that he could take command of the continental army (US History, War for Independence). In December 1776, Lee left his army to spend the evening in White’s Tavern in Basking Ridge, New Jersey (US History, War for Independence). Things may have gone good to Lee at first, having nice food and being around women, but all that changed when Lee stayed the night at the tavern and woke up the next morning. When morning came, Lee was surprised by the arrival of British troops under Benastre Tarleton, a former comrade who had sworn an oath in a London club to track down and decapitate Lee. Following a brief skirmish during which escape routes were cut off, a humiliated Lee was taken prisoner and removed to New York City (US History, War for Independence). Because of Lee’s lust and desire to get away from battle, lent him to be captured by the very same people who considered him a traitor. This news eventually reached Washington’s ears; he

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