Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 75,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Lee, Charles (1731-1782) to Chairman of the Committee of Botetourt

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02486 Author/Creator: Lee, Charles (1731-1782) Place Written: Williamsburg, Virginia Type: Letter signed Date: 19 April 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 12.8 x 21.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Major General Lee as commander of the Southern Department. Says the spirit of desertion is on the rise and endangers the safety of the colonies. Requests the committee to exert themselves to secure deserters.

People:

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryMilitary LawContinental ArmyDesertion

Sub Era: The War for Independence

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources