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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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(p.235) 14 Monmouth
Renegade Revolutionary

Phillip Papas

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Charles Lee's court-martial after the Battle of Monmouth in 1778, mainly remembered as the longest one-day battle of the American Revolution. After his release, Lee lobbied the Continental Congress to promote him to lieutenant general. Unfortunately for Lee, the Continental Army had changed considerably during his sixteen months in captivity, as had the politics of the Continental Congress and of George Washington's headquarters. The Continental Congress approved treaties of commerce and alliance between the United States and France that bound together the two nations until American independence was won. This chapter examines Lee's important role in the Battle of Monmouth as well as his confrontation with Washington that would ultimately end his career.

Keywords:   court-martial, Charles Lee, Battle of Monmouth, American Revolution, Continental Congress, Continental Army, George Washington, United States, France, American independence

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