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Charles Henry Lee
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Born 6 February 1732 [O.S. 26 January 1731]
Darnhall, Cheshire, England
Died 2 October 1782(1782-10-02) (aged 50)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
 United States of America
Service/branch  United Kingdom Army
Polish-Lithuanian Army
Continental Army
Years of service British Army: 1747–1763
Continental Army: 1775–1780
Rank British Army: Lieutenant Colonel

Polish Army: Major General

Continental Army: Major General
Unit 44th Foot, 103rd Foot
Commands held Southern Department of the Continental Army
Battles/wars Seven Years' War

American Revolutionary War

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Charles Henry Lee (6 February 1732 [O.S. 26 January 1731] – 2 October 1782) served as a general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. 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.

In 1776, forces under his command repulsed a British attempt to capture Charleston, which boosted his standing with the army and Congress. Later that year, he was captured by British cavalry under Banastre Tarleton; he was held by the British as a prisoner until exchanged in 1778. During the Battle of Monmouth later that year, Lee led an assault on the British that miscarried. He was subsequently court-martialed and his military service brought to an end. He died in Philadelphia in 1782.

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