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17) General Charles Lee

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General Charles Lee

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General Charles Lee by G. R. Hall

General Charles Lee is the real unsung hero of the Revolutionary war and provides the Masonic connection that Heironimus theorized but in a phenomenal way.

He was the uncontested military genius of the war on America's side, acknowledged as such by Congress, our British enemies and even George himself, having been an Officer in the British Army. It was he who suggested that it was time for the country to form an army.  He willingly walked away from his Pension, at that time, and joined the cause of Independence knowing full well that the Crown would also take all his property in England which they did.  Some Historians fault him for asking Congress for compensation for this loss (claiming George fought for free which is highly unlikely) but one reason he did so was to try and motivate Congress to fund the war and army by using the property of the Loyalists. 14

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A Friendly Address to all Reasonable Americans by Charles Lee

Lee, unlike the majority of the Founding Fathers, fully understood the importance of the Militia in a War of Attrition and publicly said so in a pamphlet that was published before the war (A Friendly Address to All Reasonable Americans) and which was well received by the Colonies, stating, as it did, that we could win the war against the Brits who had become arrogant and lazy and worn out. He made several suggestions which were totally ignored by Congress which is yet another indication of whose side most of em were really on.  The Brits, however, gave his dissertation its due by utilizing it to devise their own game plan for winning the war.

Knowing the benefit of bringing Canada into the war on our side, Lee offered to broker the deal being the only one who could speak and think in fluent French (not an idle boast) but Congress, instead, shipped him down to Charleston to fortify it which was about as far away from Canada as they could get at the start of the war (which also kept him away from George's first battle when he sent the cavalry home which Lee would have immediately recognized as the act of treason that it was).

He suggested Congress not put a Rich Boy directly in charge of the army so what did they do but put the richest member of Congress in that position who was already known for losing every battle he ever fought in. He suggested that they finance the war by confiscating all the property of the Loyalists, Tories and traitors, as mentioned above, so Congress outlawed the practice thus ensuring the destitution of our entire army for the duration of the war while, at the same time, strengthening the positions of the enemy army. Finally, he suggested that they arrest all these people (who, obviously, would be actively spying on our army for the entire war and feeding the enemy Intel) and imprison them in the British Naval Stronghold of Connecticut (Arnie's stomping ground) which, of course, Congress totally rejected out of hand.

He successfully drew up plans for the defense of New York which was top priority at this stage, but was shipped down to Charleston before he could implement them and George himself "changed vital parts" of those plans (Fereling, The Ascent of George Washington, pg. 106) leading to disaster and the loss of New York. He is the one who successfully fortified Charleston which ended any plans the Brits had (at that time) for taking it causing them to focus on Sullivan Island instead which assuredly would have been decimated, as Lee stated, except for the simple fact that half the British fleet grounded themselves on the massive sandbar in the middle of the river at that point and thus couldn't bring their guns to bear on Sullivan's Island thus saving Colonel Poultry's arrogant ass, literally, because they couldn't shell his flanks - otherwise they would have pounded the piss out of him and his braggadocio.

Lee then hurried back up to New York where George was about to get bagged by the Brits and suggested the war-saving retreat from Long Island, but too late to save the newly renamed Forts Washington and Lee (once again left intact and fully stocked for the enemy and intentionally sacrificed by Washington for the psychological effect their names and their loss would have on the colonies).

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The Chevaux de Frise between Fort Lee and Fort Washington by Claude J. Sauthier

Washington had enough time to remove the provisions from the forts (which were substantial and which the army needed) and torch them before the Brits obtained them, but failed to do so which weakened our army and at the same time reinforced the British Army. He did exactly the same thing with Valley Forge (Fereling) right before they settled there for the longest winter which cost the lives of thousands of men to a mild winter as well as the loss of limbs from frostbite and gangrene for many of those men who I decided to picture on the cover of this manuscript to let them know that I, at least, will never forget their sacrifice.

From now on Lee "distrusts" Washington (to say the least, Fereling, pg. 167) and the Troops know that they had been, "sold out" (McCullough, pg. 202) but, of course, you won't hear that from the established historians, will ya. And, actually, I'm sure Lee distrusted Washington long before this because, a year before we declared our Independence, Washington was already spying on Lee for the Crown. He made a point of moving out of his precious Mount Vermin and rented a room in the exact same building that Lee had been renting for years. Lee, wisely, waited for George to get settled in and then promptly moved out.

Anyways, at this point in the war, with Cornwallis hounding them as they are retreating through New Jersey, Lee falls back and starts harassing the enemy which then forced Cornwallis to stop dead in his tracks for six days (ibid, pg. 259) and try and hunt Lee down because he severed their army's supply lines and this allowed George and the entire army to escape across New Jersey - yeah this one genius saved the entire Army but you won't hear that one either.

Rumors as to a Solid 70,000 Sterling nest egg that Cornholius is hauling around probably made their way to Lee (undoubtedly - with his connections in the British Army, he was assuredly the best source of intel this country had at the time on our enemies - such as the Egg Assassination Attempt, for instance) which the army now, desperately, needed thanks to George, so he settles on Cornholio's flanks but when George gets wind of that he sends a dispatch to Lee ordering him to leave Cornwallis alone (Fereling, pg. 171).

That's about when Lee decided to take things into his own hands but, before I can tell you that story, you need a simple course in Revolutionary Masonry 101.



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