The British had taken New York and had George Washington's army on the run. They had a massive force pointed right at Philadelphia, the American capital. The Continental Congress had placed their hopes in one man to swoop in and save them.
And it was NOT George Washington.
This gave General Charles Lee the idea that he could be the man of the hour, and then take George Washington's job away from him.
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