Image courtesy of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"Wedded to My Sword: The Life and Times of Henry 'Light Horse Harry' Lee," April 26-28, 2013

Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution with the Sons of the Revolution in the State of North Carolina presents their dynamic, fun, and scholarly symposium on the Life and Times of Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee.  The importance of the cavalry and light troops in the Southern Revolutionary War led General Nathanael Greene to put Lee’s Legion “upon as good a footing as possible.”  Now you can walk the grounds where Lee rode, fought and sealed his reputation on the battlefield.  Hear and interact with presentations by prominent scholars and authors to include Lee’s controversial life and contributions to American Liberty as a soldier, politician and early Southern Campaigns historian, and his roles in family and business.

April 26, 2013 – Friday – our Lee sites bus tour will feature the posturing of the Southern Department armies commanded by Lord Charles Cornwallis and Gen. Nathanael Greene in early March 1781 leading up to their final clash at Guilford Courthouse.  Included are Harry Lee’s battle sites in the Burlington, NC area: the skirmishes at Clapp’s Mill, the Rocky Ford at Weitzel’s Mill, and the latest scholarship on Pyle’s Hacking Match.  Tour by preregistration only.

April 27-28, 2013 – Saturday & Sunday – “Wedded to my Sword” The Life and Times of Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee will include presentations of the latest scholarly research on the interesting and sometimes controversial life of Harry Lee with boots-on-the-ground tours of Lee’s battle sites at Guilford Courthouse.  Dynamic presentations on Lee’s life, contributions to the Revolutionary War, as a Virginia politician, Southern Campaigns historian, and his controversies will be made by world-class scholars including Jim Piecuch, Dennis Conrad, Ben Huggins, Mike Cecere, John Hutchins, Ben Rubin, John Beakes, Steve Rauch, and others. On Sunday’s included battlefield tour, we will see the New Garden Meeting House – site of Harry Lee’s initial battles with the British prior to the general engagement at Guilford Courthouse – and walk the Guilford Courthouse Battlefield.  Lee’s climatic clash at Guilford did not happen within the federal battlefield park; we will go to the site.

Call (803) 549-6710 to register for the Symposium or email Charles B. Baxley at or David P. Reuwer at for other event details.  Please preregister as it helps us plan for catering and handouts and gives you a discount. 

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