Manalapan Township 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 —
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
Erected by NJ Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Parks & Forestry.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 40° 16.859′ N, 74° 18.82′ W. Marker is in Manalapan Township, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from Freehold Road (County Route 522), on the left when traveling east. Marker is located on the Monmouth Battlefield hiking trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Englishtown NJ 07726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 Mary “Molly” Hays (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Inspiring Commander in Chief (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Cannonade (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manalapan Township.
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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 946 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.