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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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The Dogs of War

The Dogs of War

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Renegade Revolutionary

Phillip Papas

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Charles Lee's involvement in the American Revolution as an officer on the side of the Americans fighting for independence against Britain. Lee was confident that a successful war against Britain could lead to American independence and was ready to make it happen, even if the Continental Army, the Continental Congress, and many Americans were not. He believed that the American soldiers were far superior to those of their British counterparts in terms of courage and marksmanship. This chapter examines the combat strategies employed by Lee and George Washington against the British, Lee's correspondence with General John Burgoyne, his diplomatic response to John Adams's comments about Lee's affection for dogs, and the question of whether American rights and liberties could be effectively protected within the British Empire.

Keywords:   dogs, Charles Lee, American Revolution, Britain, American independence, Continental Army, George Washington, correspondence, John Burgoyne, John Adams

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