Friday, August 2, 2013

Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee

Lighthorse "Harry Lee"
Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee III, was born at Leesylvania near Dumfries, Virginia
He played a prominent place in the American Revolution. When he was graduated from Princeton University in 1773, he returned home to prepare for war and was soon commissioned as a captain in the Virginia Light Dragoons. From there, he was sent North to join the Continental Army. Lee, a skilled and adept horseman, led raids against enemy supply trains, and surprised the British at Paulus Hook in New Jersey where he captured 400 British soldiers with the loss of only one man. This maneuver earned him the nickname of Light Horse Harry. Lee was the master of Stratford Hall which his wife inherited from her father. After the war, Lee was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. The last will and testament of Henry Lee dated 1791 is available in full form to members of Virginia Pioneers


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