"his sire, a Revolutionary colonel"

During the Revolutionary War of 1775-83, William Raymond Lee (1745-1824) had presided over the 14th Continental Regiment, famed as the finest in the entire Continental Army. His descendant Thomas Amory Lee chronicled his exploits in Colonel William Raymond Lee of the Revolution (c.1911). See below for an history of the Revolutionary War.

The 14th Continental Regiment carry Washington over the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War
Public DomainThe 14th Continental Regiment carry Washington over the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War - Credit: Emanuel Leutze