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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 Key to the Continent

The Key to the Continent

New York

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Renegade Revolutionary

Phillip Papas

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Charles Lee's mission to defend New York against the British during the American Revolution. Lee headed for New York on January 8, 1776, escorted by a group of Virginia riflemen until he reached New Haven, Connecticut. He learned that an American expedition against Canada commanded by General Richard Montgomery and Colonel Benedict Arnold had met a disastrous end at Quebec in late December. The failure of the Canada expedition made Lee's mission to defend New York more urgent. At New Haven, Lee met with the New York revolutionary Isaac Sears and found two regiments of Connecticut militia. This chapter considers the dispute between civilians and the military in New York before discussing Lee's plans for the city's defense, the criticism he received for his handling of the defense of Staten Island, and the difficulties he encountered in trying to secure New York.

Keywords:   defense, Charles Lee, New York, American Revolution, Connecticut, America, Canada, Isaac Sears, militia, Staten Island

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