Skip to main content Skip to search results

Lee, Charles Henry, 1731-1782



  • Existence: 1731 - 1782

Charles Henry Lee was a general of the Continental Army during the American War of Independence. He also served earlier in the British Army during the Seven Years War. He sold his commission after the Seven Years War and served for a time in the Polish army of King Stanislaus II. Lee moved to North America in 1773 and bought an estate in Virginia. When the fighting broke out in the American War of Independence in 1775, he volunteered to serve with rebel forces. Lee's ambitions to become Commander in Chief of the Continental Army were thwarted by the appointment of George Washington to that post.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Charles Lee letter

Mss 776215.2
Identifier: Mss 776215.2
Scope and Contents One-page letter from Charles Lee to an unnamed recipient, awating further orders from Congress, thanks Congress for the confidence shown him.