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Charles Lee

  • Birth 26 Jan 1731 Darnhall, Cheshire West and Chester Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
  • Death 2 Oct 1782 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 613

Revolutionary War Continental Major General. Served in the British Army from early in his life, and participated in the expedition against Fort Duquesne during the French and Indian War. Settled in American and supported the Colonials in the rebellion against the British. Appointed to the second Major Generalship of the Continental Army by Congress in 1775. Fought with George Washington’s Army at the Battles of Long Island, Brooklyn and White Plains. Captured in Basking Ridge, New Jersey in 1776, and held until exchanged in 1778. He was highly contemptuous of Colonial officers, especially General Washington, whom he felt was inferior to him. Submitted a plan to British General Howe for defeating American forces while imprisoned. Rejoined Army in time to participate in the Battle of Monmouth, where he was at odds with Washington, and ordered an ill advised retreat, which prevent the Continentals from turning a tactical stalemate into a victory. Relieved from the Army for this act, and fought a duel with Washington aide John Laurens. When he submitted a damning and insolent letter to Congress, he was dismissed from the Army in disgrace.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 613
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Lee (26 Jan 1731–2 Oct 1782), Find A Grave Memorial no. 613, citing Christ Episcopal Church and Churchyard, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .