WASHINGTON, GEORGE. 1732-1799. Proceedings of a General Court Martial, Held at Brunswick, in the State of New-Jersey by order of His Excellency General Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army of the United States of America, for the Trial of Major General Lee. July 4th, 1778. Philadelphia: Printed by John Dunlap, in Market-street, 1778.
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WASHINGTON, GEORGE. 1732-1799.
Proceedings of a General Court Martial, Held at Brunswick, in the State of New-Jersey by order of His Excellency General Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army of the United States of America, for the Trial of Major General Lee. July 4th, 1778. Philadelphia: Printed by John Dunlap, in Market-street, 1778.
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WASHINGTON, GEORGE. 1732-1799. Proceedings of a General Court Martial, Held at Brunswick, in the State of New-Jersey by order of His Excellency General Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army of the United States of America, for the Trial of Major General Lee. July 4th, 1778. Philadelphia: Printed by John Dunlap, in Market-street, 1778. WASHINGTON, GEORGE. 1732-1799. Proceedings of a General Court Martial, Held at Brunswick, in the State of New-Jersey by order of His Excellency General Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army of the United States of America, for the Trial of Major General Lee. July 4th, 1778. Philadelphia: Printed by John Dunlap, in Market-street, 1778. WASHINGTON, GEORGE. 1732-1799. Proceedings of a General Court Martial, Held at Brunswick, in the State of New-Jersey by order of His Excellency General Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army of the United States of America, for the Trial of Major General Lee. July 4th, 1778. Philadelphia: Printed by John Dunlap, in Market-street, 1778.
WASHINGTON, GEORGE. 1732-1799.
Proceedings of a General Court Martial, Held at Brunswick, in the State of New-Jersey by order of His Excellency General Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army of the United States of America, for the Trial of Major General Lee. July 4th, 1778. Philadelphia: Printed by John Dunlap, in Market-street, 1778.
WITH: Proceedings of a general court martial ... for the trial of Major General St. Clair, August 25, 1778. Philadelphia: Printed by Hall and Sellers, 1778.
WITH: Proceedings of a general court martial ... for the trial of Major General Schuyler, October 1, 1778. Philadelphia: Printed by Hall and Sellers, 1778.

3 works bound as one. Folio (304 x 192 mm). 64 pp, including final blank; 52 pp, lacking plan; 62 pp; all on Willcox TMW/Dove watermarked paper. First work with minor foxing throughout, trimmed, affecting pagination at pp 39-41, and catchword at p 53; second work with just minor foxing; third work with small loss to lower corner of title page, and larger chip to lower corner of final leaf, some text loss.
Provenance: George Frost, member of the Continental Congress, 1777-1779 (ink inscriptions to first and third works) (additional lots, see 169, 170, 210, 211, 295).

FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 100 COPIES OF ORIGINAL EDITION FOR CONGRESS, of "one of the most dramatic narratives of rare Americana" (Streeter). The court proceedings recounting General Charles Lee's "unnecessary, disorderly and shameful" retreat at the Battle of Monmouth on June 28th, 1778, providing first hand accounts of his actions from Alexander Hamilton, Marquis de La Fayette, and General Anthony Wayne, among others. The proceedings begin on July 4th, and because of the obvious difficulties of holding a trial while simultaneously waging a war, did not end until August 12th, when Lee was convicted. His subsequent responses sniping at both Washington and Congress, effectively put the final nail in the coffin of his military career. While the contemporary accounts show an officer perhaps in want of courage, in 1862 historians discovered a 1777 letter written by Lee, while in British captivity, to General Howe detailing a plan on how to defeat Washington and the colonial army. Certainly, one of the more fascinating stories of the revolution, and recently given a star turn on the stage with its portrayal in the musical Hamilton.
The second work, the account of the court martial of Arthur St. Clair for his loss at Fort Ticonderoga, at which Washington came to his defense, has been called "the most important source respecting the siege and evacuation of Ticonderoga" (Winsor, Narrative and Critical History of America, NY, 1887, Vol 6, p 347). It is considered to be one of the rarest of the revolutionary trials, according to Evans only 100 copies were printed, and highly desirable even with out the engraved plan. Likewise, the third pamphlet bound here, the recounting the court-martial of General Philip Schuyler is noted by Sabin as "very rare" and contains an important account of Schuyler's actions at the fall of Fort Ticonderoga. As noted above, the first and third pamphlets contain the autograph signature of George Frost, New Hampshire delegate to the Continental Congress from 1777-1779, and the nephew of William Pepperrell. Evans 16140, 16141, 16142. Sabin 39711 (for Lee, "a few copies only were printed"), 75021 (for St. Clair, "One of the rarest of the series of revolutionary military trials"), 78059 (for Schuyler, "very rare"). Streeter sale 789 (for Lee).
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