- Paul David Nelson
Lee, Henry (29 January 1756–25 March 1818), cavalry officer in the American Revolution, popularly known as “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, was born at Leesylvania, Prince William County, Virginia, the son of Henry Lee, a planter, and Lucy Grymes. As the eldest son in an important family, he realized early in life that he was expected to take a leading role in the affairs of his colony. He prepared by studying for three years at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), where he enjoyed debate and the Latin classics and graduated at the age of seventeen in 1773. He intended to study law in London, but growing American animosity toward British colonial policies in the 1770s diverted his attention. When the American Revolution began, he declared for America, as did all the Lees of Virginia, and he determined upon a soldier’s life. Twice, in 1775 and 1776, he solicited the aid of a neighbor, ...