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054 - The Men Who Would Be Washington, Part V

Season 1, Ep. 54

1776 was a great year for Charles Lee. He had overseen the defensive preparations in New York, Virginia, and North Carolina. The British didn't attack those places, which Charles called a win. He successfully led the defense of Charleston, South Carolina against a British assault, which he also put in his win column. 


Then he was ordered to New York, which was under serious threat from the British, and where he would be, for the first time in his Revolutionary War service, under the command of someone else. 


This wasn't one of Charles's strong suits. But his luck was holding, and he was greeted in New York as the savior of the cause. 


George Washington's luck, on the other hand, was pretty bad. The British had him trapped between a massive army and navy, and the Continentals were suffering major setbacks. Plus, he had to listen to the cheers of his men when the most battle-tested general in the army showed up. 


But George's luck was going to change come December. He was going to have a great Christmas. 


Charles Lee, on the other hand, was not. 


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