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Manalapan in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Washington Resumes the Offensive

The Battle of Monmouth

 

—28 June 1778, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM —

 
Washington Resumes the Offensive Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, December 13, 2008
1. Washington Resumes the Offensive Marker
Inscription. As the enemy withdrew their artillery and began withdrawing their infantry, Commander-in-Chief George Washington began a cautious offensive designed to boost American morale without risking the destruction of the Continental Army.

First, Washington sent two battalions of light infantry circling through the valley to your left to harass the British detachments retreating across the Sutfin Farm. Later, south of the Middle Brook, Brigadier-General Anthony Wayne attacked the British grenadiers.

For the thousands of Continentals watching from Perrine’s and Comb’s Hills, it was a glorious sight to see Continental soldiers “drive” the “Redcoats” from the field. Washington had turned a tactical stalemate into a major political victory.

sidebar: Col. Joseph Cilley of New Hampshire commanded the lead battalion on the left. In a July 22nd letter, he described the resulting skirmish with the Royal Highland Regiment:
“His excellency ordered me to take … 350 rank and file, … to see what I could do with the enemy’s right wing, which was formed in an orchard in our front. Marched on toward them until I came within about 40 rods, when I ordered my battalion to form the line of battle, … The enemy began a scattering fire. I ordered my men to advance, …. When the enemy saw that
Marker on the Monmouth Battlefield Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, December 13, 2008
2. Marker on the Monmouth Battlefield
we were determined to push close …, they gave way and took post in a … wood and gave me a very heavy fire, …. I advanced within a few rods, gave them a heavy fire which put them in confusion. They run off. I killed a number on the field. Took between twenty and thirty prisoners. Should have pursued further, but the extreme heat of the weather was such that several of my men died of the heat.”

 
Erected by NJ Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Parks & Forestry.
 
Location. 40° 16.859′ N, 74° 18.82′ W. Marker is in Manalapan, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from Freehold Road (County Route 522), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located on the Monmouth Battlefield hiking trail. Marker is in this post office area: Englishtown NJ 07726, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Perrine Hill Front Line (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battlefield Archaeology (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mary “Molly” Hays (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Inspiring Commander in Chief (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Cannonade
Battle of Monmouth Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, December 13, 2008
3. Battle of Monmouth Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Highlanders Decline Combat (approx. ¼ mile away); Perrine Hill Spring (approx. ¼ mile away); Molly Hays McCauley (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Manalapan.
 
More about this marker. A portrait of Col. Josepy Cilley, courtesy of the State of New Hampshire, appears next to the sidebar on the bottom right of the marker. The left of the marker contains a map of troop positions, with a caption of “The Continental light infantry skirmished with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Highland Regiment, as the British right wing withdrew across the Sutfin Farm.”
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Monmouth. New Jersey during the Revolution. (Submitted on December 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Monmouth, 1778. A British perspective of the Battle of Monmouth on BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on December 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Monmouth Battlefield Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, December 13, 2008
4. Monmouth Battlefield
The Monmouth Battlefield appears today much as it did at the time of the battle on June 28, 1778. This photo was taken from in front of the marker.
Battle Map from Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, December 13, 2008
5. Battle Map from Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 781 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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