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Charles Lee : Self Before Country

By: Mazzagetti, Dominick.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Rivergate Regionals Collection: Publisher: Piscataway : Rutgers University Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (288 p.).ISBN: 9780813562384.Subject(s): Generals -- United States -- Biography | Lee, Charles, -- 1731-1782 | United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Biography | United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- CampaignsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Charles Lee : Self Before CountryDDC classification: 355.0092 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1. The Fateful Choice; Chapter 2. Lee's ""American Expedition""; Chapter 3. Lee's European Experience; Chapter 4. Personality and Political Philosophy; Chapter 5. A ""Love Affair"" with America; Chapter 6. Foreign Officers in Service to America; Chapter 7. America's Soldier; Chapter 8. Rejoining Washington; Chapter 9. Captivity, Betrayal, Exchange; Capter 10. Monmouth; Chapter 11. Court-Martial; Chapter 12. Bitterness, Despair, and Death; Epilogue. A Man Without a Country
Appendix A. James Wilkinson, Memoirs of My Own Times (1816): The Capture of Charles LeeAppendix B. ""Mr. Lee's Plan - March 29, 1777""; Appendix C. Washington and Lee's Battlefield Confrontation; Appendix D. Shades of Monmouth; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Dominick Mazzagetti presents an engaging account of the life of Charles Lee, the forgotten man of the American Revolution and in whose honor the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge-Fort Lee-was named. Mazzagetti analyzes Lee's battlefield successes, his capture by the British, and the damning evidence of Lee's traitorous abandonment of the American cause. He compares the lives and attributes of Lee and George Washington and offers significant observations missing from previous biographies of Lee.
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Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1. The Fateful Choice; Chapter 2. Lee's ""American Expedition""; Chapter 3. Lee's European Experience; Chapter 4. Personality and Political Philosophy; Chapter 5. A ""Love Affair"" with America; Chapter 6. Foreign Officers in Service to America; Chapter 7. America's Soldier; Chapter 8. Rejoining Washington; Chapter 9. Captivity, Betrayal, Exchange; Capter 10. Monmouth; Chapter 11. Court-Martial; Chapter 12. Bitterness, Despair, and Death; Epilogue. A Man Without a Country

Appendix A. James Wilkinson, Memoirs of My Own Times (1816): The Capture of Charles LeeAppendix B. ""Mr. Lee's Plan - March 29, 1777""; Appendix C. Washington and Lee's Battlefield Confrontation; Appendix D. Shades of Monmouth; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Dominick Mazzagetti presents an engaging account of the life of Charles Lee, the forgotten man of the American Revolution and in whose honor the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge-Fort Lee-was named. Mazzagetti analyzes Lee's battlefield successes, his capture by the British, and the damning evidence of Lee's traitorous abandonment of the American cause. He compares the lives and attributes of Lee and George Washington and offers significant observations missing from previous biographies of Lee.

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CHOICE Review

The title says it all. This well-researched and argued biography portrays a man whose ambition and character always came before loyalty to his country or countrymen. Beginning with Lee's early upbringing, Mazzagetti highlights "an ego that knew no bounds and countenanced no rivals." Focusing primarily on Lee's service during the American Revolution, Mazzagetti successfully explains why the US "chose to forget, or ignore, Charles Lee." In particular, the author suggests that Lee's personality, coupled with his untimely death in 1782, placed him in the historical shadow of the rising George Washington. At a time when war heroes were being rewarded for their commitment to the cause, Lee had cashiered himself out of the army in a "spate of arrogance" and died before he could regain the prominence he once held at the outset of the war. In passing final judgment on Charles Lee, Mazzagetti argues that Lee "lacked the moral strength necessary for a commitment to any cause other than his own." Thus, readers will find a compelling story of a character unlike any other during the Revolutionary era. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. M. A. Byron Young Harris College

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DOMINICK MAZZAGETTI is the author of True Jersey Blues: The Civil War Correspondence of Lucien A. Voorhees and William Mackenzie Thompson . A lawyer and banker with a fervent interest in American history, he has served as law secretary to the chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.</p>

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