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 right.”
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
Erected by Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Parks and Forestry.
Location. 40° 16.817′ N, 74° 19.045′ W. Marker is in Englishtown, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Touch for map. Marker is located on the 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. 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
Additional keywords. Monmouth Battlefield
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. This page has been viewed 1,112 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 13, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.