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Renegade RevolutionaryThe Life of General Charles Lee$
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Phillip Papas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814767658

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814767658.001.0001

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Lee’s Southern Glory

Lee’s Southern Glory

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Renegade Revolutionary

Phillip Papas

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Charles Lee's military victory in the South during the American Revolution. In February 1776, North Carolina militiamen defeated a Loyalist army recruited by royal governor Josiah Martin at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge near Wilmington. The defeat of the Loyalists at Moore's Creek Bridge convinced British General Henry Clinton that he needed to make a bold move to solidify royal authority in the South. He set his sights on capturing Charleston, South Carolina. This chapter discusses Lee's successful defense of Charleston against Clinton's forces, his reaction to the Declaration of Independence, and his military operation against the Cherokee in the southern frontier.

Keywords:   militia, Charles Lee, American South, American Revolution, North Carolina, Henry Clinton, Charleston, South Carolina, Declaration of Independence, Cherokee

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