Englishtown in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An Inspiring Commander in Chief
26 June 1778
The Commander in Chief was every where, his Presence gave Spirit and Confidence and his command and authority soon brought every thing into order and Regularity."
Major General Nathanael Greene, 2 July 1778
For hours, through a rain of shot and shell, General George Washington rode back and forth along this hill, encouraging his men, seeing to the care of the wounded, and, as the British began withdrawing, directing the counterattack. Tall, athletic, and fearless, Washington radiated strength.
An onlooker, Dr. William Read, recorded seeing “Gen. Washington riding to and fro along the line, sometimes at full speed, looking nobly, excited, and calling loudly to the troops by the appellation of brave boys. He saw Washington standing to the right of the line…saw a cannon ball strike a wet hold in the side of a hill, and the dirt fly at him. The General, coolly standing in his stirrups, was said to say to the officers that urged that than was no place for him, he being observed by the enemy, ‘the he was admiring the manner in which Proctor was handling their
Monmouth was a much-needed victory for the General and his army. After the defeats at Brandywine and Germantown and the loss of Philadelphia, there had been mutterings in Congress and the Continental Army that someone else might make a better Commander in Chief. After the Battle of Monmouth, there was no question. Washington was well on his way to becoming our first President and “Father of our Country.”
Erected by Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Parks and Forestry.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is June 26, 1778.
Location. 40° 16.817′ N, 74° 19.045′ W. Marker is in Englishtown, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is located on the 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. The Great Cannonade (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary “Molly” Hays (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battlefield Archaeology (about 300 feet away); Perrine Hill Spring (about 400 feet away); Molly Hays McCauley (about 400 feet away); Perrine Hill Front Line (about 600 feet away); Washington Resumes the Offensive (approx. 0.2 miles away); Highlanders Decline Combat (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Englishtown.
More about this marker. The marker includes two images: a reproduction of a print featuring "Washington rallying the troops at Monmouth" and a reproduction of a painting, George Washington at the Battle of Princeton by Charles Wilson Peale.
Additional keywords. Monmouth Battlefield
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