Life of Major General Henry Lee
Cecil B. Hartley

[Notes: Chapter 1]

[1] Bland’s Papers, p. 51, 53

[2] See Headley’s Life of Washington.

[3] It is worthy of remark that Howe was but eighteen miles from Philadelphia, and Washington, who reached Chester on the night of the battle, was sixteen miles distant, the Delaware on his right, the Schuylkill in his front, and his enemy on his left. Was it not surprising that the British general did not perceive and seize the advantage, so plainly before him, by a forced march as soon as his troops had snatched food and rest?

[4] Among the many and afflicting disadvantages imposed on the American general, the insufficiency of the implements covering our powder, was not the least. There existed another ground of disparity, which continued nearly to the end of the war—inferiority of arms. Some of our musketry were without bayonets; and not a single brigade had muskets of the same caliber; by which means, a corps expending its ammunition, could not use that of an adjoining corps. The latter deficiency is imputable to our poverty, as arms in that stage of the war could only be procured by purchase from abroad; but the former is justly to be ascribed to the criminal supineness of our contractors, as we abounded in goode leather and good workmen.

[5] The celebrated Alexander Hamilton.

[6] Henry Lee, afterwards Lieutenant Colonel Lee of the legion cavalry, the subject of the present memoir.

[7] The fire of cavalry is at best innocent, especially in quick motion, as was then the case. The strength and activity of the horse, the precision and celerity of evolution, the adroitness of the rider, boot-top to boot-top, and keen edge of the sabre, with fitness of ground, and skill in the leader, constitute their vast power, so often decisive in the day of battle.