his success — a distinction conferred on no other officer below the rank of general during the war. On one side of the medal was a bust of the hero, with the words: Henry Lee, Legionis Equit.: Praefecto Comitia Americana, and on the reverse is translated: Nothwithstanding rivers and intrenchments, he, with a small band, conquered the foe by warlike skill and prowess, and firmly bound, by his humanity, those who had been conquered by his arms.
In memory of the conflict at Paulus Hook, 19th August, 1779.
In November, 1780, he was promoted to be lieutenant colonel of dragoons, and his corps is spoken of as the finest that made its appearance in the arena of the Revolutionary War.
Washington had it formed expressly for him of equal proportions of cavalry and infantry, both officers and men being picked from the army.
Under its victorious guidons rode Peter Johnston, the father of the distinguished soldier, Joseph Eggleston Johnston, who joined the legion when only sixteen years old