Manalapan in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Monmouth Battleﬁeld State Park
The Battle of Monmouth
—28 June 1778 —
When the firing subsided, over 600 men were dead, dying or wounded, and the Continental Army held the field.
The Battle of Monmouth was a turning point in the American Revolutionary War. In 1776 and 1777, the British Army had repeatedly defeated the main Continental Army. By the beginning of 1778, General George Washington and the Continental Army desperately needed a victory.
On June 18th, concerned that the French might block the Delaware River, the British abandoned Philadelphia and began marching their army of 20,000 British, German and Loyalist troops across New Jersey to their main base in New York City. On June 19th, Washington and 13,000 men, fresh from Von Steuben’s military training at Valley Forge, set out to intercept the Crown forces.
The Battle began at about 10AM, two miles east of here at Monmouth Courthouse and continued for over seven hours, making it one of the longest battles of the Revolution. By 5:30 PM, the British had retreated and the firing ceased. At dawn on the following day, Washington moved fresh troops forward to resume the battle, but the British forces had slipped away during the night to continue their journey to New York City.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park’s 1,818 acres are now peaceful. Wildlife is abundant in the woods and marshes, while the fields produce crops of corn, wheat and soybeans. You can take a “History Hike” to see where the battle was fought, stroll along a shady woodland path, or cross the meadows watching for red fox, songbirds, or red-tailed hawks.
Erected by NJ Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Parks & Forestry.
Location. 40° 15.848′ N, 74° 19.197′ W. Marker is in Manalapan, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from New Jersey Route BUS 33, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Monmouth Battlefield behind the Visitor Center. 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. Combs Hill Cannonade (within shouting distance of this marker); Monmouth Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); D’Annae: A French, Swedish-Style 4-pounder Molly Pitcher (within shouting distance of this marker); General von Steuben (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mary Hays, nicknamed “Molly Pitcher" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle at the Parsonage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hold the Hedgerow! (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manalapan.
More about this marker. The center of the marker contains a map of Monmouth Battlefield State Park, indicating the location of the marker and the troops during the battle. Also on the marker are photos of soldiers during re-enactments, flowers, a hawk and a fox.
Also see . . .
1. Monmouth Battlefield State Park. New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry website. (Submitted on November 9, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Monmouth. Account of the battle from the American Revolution website. (Submitted on November 9, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. The Battle of Monmouth, 1778. A British perspective of the Battle of Monmouth (Submitted on November 9, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,050 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 9, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 6, 7. submitted on June 15, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.