Who was "Light-Horse Harry" Lee?
Gallant Revolutionary War hero. Quintessential Virginia cavalryman. George Washington’s trusted subordinate and immortal eulogist. Robert E. Lee’s beloved father. Founding father who shepherded the Constitution through the Virginia Ratifying Convention.
But Light-Horse Harry Lee was also a con man. A beachcomber. Imprisoned for debt. Caught up in sordid squabbles over squalid land deals. Maimed for life by an angry political mob.
Light-Horse Harry Lee’s life was tragic, glorious, and dramatic, but perhaps because of its sad, ignominious conclusion historians have rarely given him his due—until now.
Now historian Ryan Cole presents this soldier and statesman of the founding generation with all the vim and vigor that typified Lee himself. Scouring hundreds of contemporary documents and reading his way into Lee’s life, political philosophy, and character, Cole gives us the most intimate picture to date of this greatly awed but hugely talented man whose influence has reverberated from the founding of the United States to the present day.
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Table of Contents
1 Freestone Point 1
2 All Sons of Liberty 13
3 This Struggle for the Rights of Mankind 25
4 A Rebel Captain by the Name of Lee 45
5 A Most Gallant Affair 61
6 Gold Seven Times Tried in the Fire 77
7 The Great Game 95
8 A Fatal Stab to the British Tyrant 121
9 You Cannot Cease to be a Soldier 147
10 One People 171
11 Indifferent Destiny 193
12 Pointing the Bayonet against the Hearts of Our Countrymen 209
13 Cracked 231
14 Farewell Great and Noble Patriots 247
15 Unceasing Woe 267
16 When Future Generations Shall Inquire 283
17 The Sad Catastrophe of Baltimore 293
18 My Miserable Exile 313