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    [Revolutionary War]. General Charles Lee Autograph Letter Signed "C. Lee." One page, 8.25" x 10.5", New York, February 14, 1776. Addressed to Robert Morris, "Member of the Continental Congress," in part: "Dr. Morris - Shall I trouble you to forward the inclosd. My illness is almost passed. We only wait for the Men to set to work." Addressed on the verso in Lee's hand. Heavily damaged along the left edge; chipping at the upper and right edges. Edges show areas of waterstaining. Moderate ink bleedthrough from the verso. Pencil notations from a previous owner. Remnants of the red wax seal on the address panel.

    Charles Lee (1732-1782), a British-born veteran of the Seven Years War, was generally considered eccentric, slovenly in appearance, and coarse in language, Lee nevertheless became a major general with all the responsibilities that such a position entails. Unfortunately, his ability to lead and fight on the battlefield was less than stellar. Perhaps his worst blunder came during the Battle of Monmouth. General Washington needed a secondary commander to lead the assault and unwillingly gave the job to Lee. Washington ordered him to attack the retreating enemy, but instead, Lee ordered a retreat. He retreated directly into Washington and his troops, who were advancing, and Washington dressed him down publicly. Lee responded with "inappropriate language," was arrested, and quickly court-martialed. Lee was found guilty, and was relieved of command for a period of one year.


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