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Light-Horse Harry: A Biography of Washington's Great Cavalryman, General Henry Lee Hardcover – January 1, 1966


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  • Hardcover: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc. (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DTKG0
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The conventional wisdom is that in the American Civil War, the North had superior resources and the South superior generalship, with the highest accolades going to Robert E. Lee. Almost completely forgotten is the fact the Robert E. Lee was the son of another great American general of the Revolutionary War.
General Henry Lee, known as Light-Horse Harry from the color of his horse, was one of the most capable and dashing of the military leaders of the revolution. A member of the Virginia landed aristocracy; Harry led a cavalry unit that gave the British fits during the war. His ability to intercept and "requisition" British supplies had a great deal to do with the American troops surviving the winter at Valley Forge.
Like so many great military leaders, Harry had difficulty adapting to the life of peace after the excitement of war. Harry eventually went into politics after the war, serving three one-year terms as Governor of Virginia and then getting elected to the American House of Representatives. George Washington called him back into active service to put down the Whiskey Rebellion, where people in the western areas of the infant United States were defying the central government.
In one of the saddest events of the early years of the United States, Harry was attacked by a mob, beaten unconscious and permanently scarred. His last years were a time of sadness, as this once wealthy and respected man spent extensive time in a debtor's prison and died almost penniless.
What I liked best about this biography is that it pulled no punches, telling it like it was. The popular history of the American Revolutionary War and the first years of the United States is that a band of patriots put aside their differences and stood together for the common good.
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The condition of the book was as described. The writing is mediocre, but that was my my choice for selecting it. Provides interesting information on Revolutionary War battles in the southern states.
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