Jeremiah Lee was an affluent merchant and ship owner. He was an elected member of the regional government and Colonel in the local militia. Lee used his ships and trading agents to procure weapons for the colonies in the soon to be Revolutionary War. In April of 1775, after a meeting in a tavern with John Hancock, Samuel Adams and fellow Marbleheaders, Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne, Jeremiah Lee and his companions fled to a cornfield to hide from British Regulars who were marching toward Lexington and Concord. Exposure to the elements caused the 54-year-old Lee to become ill and he died three weeks later on May 10, 1775.
Marbleheaders were the seafaring men who composed the Massachusetts 14th Continental Regiment during the New York and New Jersey campaigns of 1776. The Regiment was an active defender of the siege in Boston. They formed the Continental Navy using seven schooners donated by John Glover. The Regiment’s last action was ferrying Washington’s army across the Delaware and back in December 1776.
The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783. It began as a revolt of the colonies against what they believed was unfair taxation. While the war started as a conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, it soon became a global conflict. France actively sided with the colonies, and the French naval fleet was instrumental in defeating the British at Yorktown. Holland supplied the colonies with weapons, while Spain supplied funding and diverted British forces by fighting on a second front and winning back Spanish forts in Florida that they lost during the Seven Years’ War. No independent country sided with Great Britain, but Britain employed German mercenaries, known as Hessians.
This Jeremiah Lee history mug is part of our Revolutionary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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