Light Horse Harry Lee was at Moland. He was then the Captain of the 1st Troop of the Virginia Militia Cavalry, of Colonel Bland’s regiment of light horse. He was a dashing young man, only a few years of out of Princeton. While the troops were filing down York Road away from the Moland House, Captain Lee was facing a court martial at the nearby Neshaminy church for disobedience of orders. The President of the Court, Lt. Colonel White, likely wearing his regiment’s uniform of a green coat faced with red with buckskin breeches, heard the evidence and found the charge against Lee groundless and vexatious, adding that Captain Lee acted merely for the good of his troops.
Thanks to the verdict of acquittal “with honor”, which was subsequently approved by Washington, Lee went on to a legendary career. He was promoted to major in 1778 and soon earned the nickname “Light Horse Harry” for his exploits. He later became Governor of Virginia, a member of Congress, and the father of Robert E. Lee.
His most famous words were delivered about his friend, George Washington, upon Washington’s death: “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.
(born 1756-died 1818)