In Deuteronomy 9:4, Moses tells the Israelites that their enemies will not be driven out because of their righteousness, but because of the wickedness of those nations:
“After the LORD your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, ‘The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.’ No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is going to drive them out before you.”
– Deut. 9:4
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people mourn” – Proverbs 29:2 KJV
Henry Lee was born in Virginia in 1756. He was educated in the College of New Jersey, which today is Princeton.
Soon after his graduation Lee became involved in the Revolutionary War. Lee quickly rose through the military ranks where he was put in charge of a mixed unit of infantry and cavalry. This unit is where Lee’s military genius really shined through. Harry’s tactics of quick hit and run strikes against the British were the beginnings of guerilla warfare, a tactic that completely frustrated the British commanders.
These legendary tactics lead to the nickname “Light Horse Harry.”
After a brilliant military career where Harry became the first non-general to win the Congressional Medal of Honor, he served as statesman and governor of Virginia. Lee saw the need for a federal government to keep the states united and order in America. He advocated for the Constitution and was one of key people in helping to establish the forms of government that help guide us to this very day.
Most notably, Henry Lee’s eighth child, Robert E. Lee inherited his father’s military acumen. Robert E. Lee’s military strategies almost single handedly kept the South as a formidable opponent to the North in the Civil War.
In an odd historical footnote Henry Lee battled for federal rights and his son Robert battled for states rights.