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    Letter Signed by Major General Charles Lee. One page, oblong octavo, "Head Quarters, New York, 15 Febry 1776." Here, Lee issues an order to Peter Curtinuis of the Army's Commissary, instructing him to outfit the troops of certain of his divisions. In full: "Sir, You are hereby desire'd to supply the detachment of Continental Troops under the Command of Capt. Lunt with the allowance of Provisions agreeable to the regulations of the Continental Congress." Signed by Lee in a very shaky hand and docketed on verso. Light age toning and a few inconsequential chips. Near fine

    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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