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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 Northern Disillusionment

Lee’s Northern Disillusionment

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Renegade Revolutionary

Phillip Papas

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Charles Lee's military campaign in the North during the American Revolution as well as his frustration with the Continental Congress and George Washington's management of the war. When Lee arrived in Philadelphia in early October 1776 on his way to New York, he was greeted with great joy and elation. He met with John Hancock and several other delegates, wrote reports about military affairs in the South, and attended dinner parties. The Continental Congress directed Lee to join Washington's army at Harlem Heights in northern Manhattan Island. On October 12, a fleet of 150 British warships carrying 4,000 troops under the command of General Henry Clinton managed to slip into Long Island Sound. This chapter examines Lee's disagreements with Washington on strategy, the loss of Fort Washington to British forces, and Lee's concern for the American war effort amid the British invasion of states like New Jersey.

Keywords:   Charles Lee, Continental Congress, George Washington, American North, American Revolution, New York, Manhattan Island, Henry Clinton, Long Island Sound, Fort Washington

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