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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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An Ambitious Officer

An Ambitious Officer

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Renegade Revolutionary

Phillip Papas

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Charles Lee's ambition to get a promotion in the British army during the American Revolution. In June 1758, Captain Charles Lee and the 44th Regiment were at a staging area on the southern end of New York's Lake George. The 44th was attached to the largest army assembled in America, commanded by Major General James Abercromby. The British planned to attack the French Fort Carillon (Fort Ticonderoga), which protected the northern end of Lake George and the southern end of Lake Champlain. This chapter discusses the British attempt to capture Carillon, the British retreat from Ticonderoga, Abercromby's replacement by Major General Jeffrey Amherst, and Lee's conflict with one of the 44th Regiment surgeons. It also considers Lee's experience at Niagara, his acquaintance with Robert Morris and David Franks in Philadelphia, his return to Britain to promote his military service and to personally defend his reputation, his petition to George III for a military promotion, his involvement in the Canada–Guadeloupe controversy, and his political views.

Keywords:   military promotion, British army, American Revolution, Charles Lee, 44th Regiment, James Abercromby, Jeffrey Amherst, Philadelphia, Canada, Guadeloupe

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