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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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Early Encounters and Life Lessons on the American Frontier

Early Encounters and Life Lessons on the American Frontier

(p.29) 2 Early Encounters and Life Lessons on the American Frontier
Renegade Revolutionary

Phillip Papas

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the life lessons learned by Charles Lee from his early encounters as a British army officer on the American frontier during the American Revolution. Lieutenant Charles Lee was part of Britain's 44th and 48th regiments, commanded by Major General Edward Braddock, that sailed from Cork in October 1754 and arrived in America in early March 1755. The disaster along the Monongahela was Lee's first battle, and he learned a hard lesson in North American warfare that informed his military thinking for many years. This chapter considers the impact of Braddock's defeat on Anglo-American communities and goes on to discuss Lee's time in Philadelphia, the 44th regiment's winter quarters for 1755–1756 at Albany, and how wartime service on the American frontier gave British regulars unfamiliar with frontier life the chance to satisfy their curiosity and confront their preconceived notions about the Native Americans.

Keywords:   regiments, Edward Braddock, Monongahela, Philadelphia, Native Americans, Charles Lee, American frontier, American Revolution, Britain, British army

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