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  Lee's Legion was a combined unit of infantry and cavalry that totalled perhaps 250-300 soldiers. This unit was commanded by a famous officer named Lee, but it was not Robert Edward Lee. It was commanded by his father, Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee (1756-1818), during the Revolutionary War (Starting in 1778).

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[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee's_Legion]Lee's Legion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/url]


  As a very young officer, "Light Horse Harry" Lee showed talent, and was highly regarded by his superiors. He proved his worth in a number of battles, including the Battle of Springfield, NJ in June of 1780. He was advanced to the rank of lieutenant colonel..

Landmarks of Liberty: The Battle of Springfield: June 23, 1780

  The following year, Lee's Legion went south to South Carolina to battle British expeditionary forces there. During this time, he worked with, among others, the: "Swamp Fox," Francis Marion, and General Thomas Sumter (Who later had a fort named after him). 

  After independence was achieved, "Light Horse Harry" Lee embarked on a successful political career in the early years of the Republic. He served in the Continental Congress and the Virginia House of Delegates, in the 1780s. He was an advocate of the ratification of the new Constitution. In the 1790s, he served as the Governor of Virginia, commanded militia troops sent to put down the Whiskey Rebellion, was a major general in the U.S. Army, and served in the U.S. House. (1799-1801).

  In 1799, Lee eulogized George Washington at Washington's funeral, calling him: "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." He remained a popular figure during these times.

  Unfortunately, he fell onto hard times financially, starting during the Panic of 1796-1797. The situation worstened in the following years, and in 1808, he suffered the indignity of spending time in debtors' prison. He died in 1818, when his young son, Robert, was eleven years old.

Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee (1756 - 1818) - Find A Grave Memorial

 


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