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"HOLDING MY MILITIA IN READINESS ON THE MINUTE PLAN" (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) Lee, Henry II. Letter from Robert E. Lee's grandfather, an officer in the Yorktown Campaign. Autograph Letter Signed, "H:Lee Coty Lt," as County Lieutenant, to Brigadier General George Weedon, announcing the preparedness of his militia, and requesting arms; with postscript signed "H:Lee," and Franking Signature "H Lee Coty Lt" on terminal page. 2 pages, 8vo, with integral address leaf; minor wear at folds touching text. Prince William [VA], 18 May 1781
Henry Lee II (1730-1787) was a prominent planter in Westmoreland County , VA, and a member of the Virginia Convention at the outset of the Revolution. He served as lieutenant of his county militia, and his son "Lighthorse Harry" Lee served as a young lieutenant colonel. He was the grandfather of future Confederate commander Robert E. Lee. Here he reports on the preparedness of his militia unit during the Yorktown Campaign: "For holding my militia in readiness on the minute plan, I have draughted one fourth of the militia and appointed two rendezvouz in the county . . . so that I shall always know where to call fourth a body of men on the first alarm, but sir what are we to do for arms? We shall want at least 100. The arms we had were sent down with our last detachmt. to Wmsbg. . . . Pray inform me without delay . . . the number we may expect as I will on rect of yr ltr send down for them and keep only such men on duty as can be armed. Otherwise it would be runing the country to a needless expense and useless feateiging the people." Provenance: Allyn Kellogg Ford Collection.
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