Philadelphia, 1812. Two volumes. ,423; ,486pp. plus two portraits. Early 20th-century red three-quarter morocco and cloth, spine gilt, t.e.g. Spines and corners lightly worn. Faded ownership inscription on half-title. Light foxing and tanning, some early ink staining at end of first volume. Good plus. Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee (1756-1818) was a close friend and confidant of George Washington, the father of Robert E. Lee, and himself one the country's first and greatest cavalry soldiers. He served brilliantly and heroically under Nathanael Greene, serving in the important battles with Colonel Tarleton's forces, and witnessed the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, all of which is related in the present memoirs. Lee resigned his commission in 1781, assuming that the war was over, and before long turned to politics, serving as governor of Virginia from 1792 to 1795. Lee's later years were marred by ill health and poverty; he wrote his memoirs in 1808-09 while imprisoned for debt, mainly to pay off his creditors. HOWES L202. CLARK I:269. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 25839. SABIN 39741. DAB XI, pp.107-8. (Inventory #: WRCAM51377)
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