See also:American general, called "
See also:Horse Harry," was
See also:born near Dumfries, Virginia, on the 29th of
See also:January 1756 . His
See also:father was first
See also:cousin to
See also:Lee . With a view to a legal career he graduated (1773) at
See also:Princeton, but soon afterwards, on the outbreak of the War of Independence, he became an officer in the patriot forces . Heserved with
See also:great distinction under
See also:Washington, and in 1778 was promoted major and given the command of a small irregular
See also:corps, with which he won a great reputation as a
See also:leader of light troops . His services on the outpost
See also:line of the army earned for him the soubriquet of " Light Horse Harry." His greatest exploit was the brilliant surprise of Paulus
See also:Hook, N.J., on the 19th of
See also:August 1779; for this feat he received a gold medal, a
See also:reward given to no other officer below general's
See also:rank in the whole war . He was promoted
See also:lieutenant-colonel 1780, and sent with a picked corps of dragoons to the
See also:southern theatre of war . Here he rendered invaluable services in victory and defeat, notably at Guilford
See also:Camden and Eutaw Springs . He was
See also:present at Cornwallis's surrender at
See also:Yorktown, and after-wards
See also:left the army owing to
See also:health . From 1786 to 1788 he was a delegate to the
See also:Confederation Congress, and in the last-named
See also:year in the Virginia
See also:convention he favoured the adoption of the Federal constitution . From 1789 to 1791 he served in the General
See also:Assembly, and from 1791 to 1794 was
See also:governor of Virginia . In 1794 Washington sent him to help in the suppression of the "
See also:Whisky Insurrection " in western Pennsylvania . A new
See also:county of Virginia was named after him during his governorship .
He was a major-general in 1798-1800 . From 1799 to 18o1 he served in Congress . He delivered the address on the
See also:death of Washington which contained the famous phrase, " first in war, first in peace, and first in the
See also:hearts of his countrymen." Soon after the War of 1812 broke out, Lee, while helping to resist the attack of a
See also:mob on his friend, A . C . Hanson, editor of the Baltimore Federal Republican, which had opposed the war, received
See also:grave injuries, from which he never recovered . He died at the house of General
See also:Greene on
See also:Georgia, on the 25th of
See also:March 1818 . Lee wrote valuable .
See also:Memoirs of the War in the Southern Department (1812; 3rd ed., with memoir by Robert E . Lee, 1869) .
GEORGE ALEXANDER LEE (1802-1851)
JAMES PRINCE LEE (1804-1869)
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