The Importance of the Battle of Monmouth in the American Revolutionary War

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The Importance of the Battle of Monmouth in the American Revolutionary War Few, when writing about the American Revolution, list the Battle of Monmouth among the significant battles. It was hardly a bloody battle, with only about seven-hundred total casualties. It was not a decisive battle, it was not a battle in which we gained or lost a key position, and it was not a battle in which we point to as an example of how to conduct an engagement. In fact, it was not a battle in which one can say that the Revolutionaries truly won. Yet, with all this, it was probably the battle that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. "Beneath a blazing sun at Monmouth Courthouse, it was shown to the rest of the Continental Army that the training of Freidrich Von Stueben had, indeed, paid off. Here, Revolutionists stood toe to toe with the greatest Army in the world, and drove them off the field." Heroes were made here, such as the famous Molly Hays McCauly , better known as Molly Pitcher. In truth, and in accordance with legend, she took up her husband's place at his cannon on Comb's Hill after he had fallen. Another legend that began here was the insanely courageous moves of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. His hold against the Grenadiers earned him this nickname, which stuck until his death . Truly, this battle sent a rejuvenated spirit across the entire Continental Army. Contrary to popular belief, they could beat the British regulars. This would no longer be by some fluke, or by poor commanding on the British side, but by the excellent fighting that had been instilled on them during the harsh winter at Valley Forge. To set the stage for this battle, we must first understand what the British were thinking at the time. The British had not ... ... middle of paper ... ...o the Campaigns in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania: Council of American Historical Sites, 1986 Flood, Charles Bracelen. Monmouth, a Novel. Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1961 Hale, Lieutenant Nathan. "Letter Describing the Events of June 28, 1778". November 25, 2013 Hester, Tom. "Maj. Gen. Charles Lee's Division Retreats in Disorder." The New Jersey Star-Ledger, 5 August 2001 Horner, William. This Old Monmouth of Ours. Freehold, NJ. 1974 Leach, Joseph K. "The Battle of Monmouth, June 1778." . November 1 2001 Lee, General Charles. "Letters to Washington on June 28th, and 30th". November 1, 2001 Valis, Glenn. "The Battle of Monmouth". . November 1, 2001 Washington, General Washington. "Letter Rebuking and Ordering the Court-Martial of Lee". http://virginia.edu/gwpapers/revolution/lee/lee3.html. Nevember 1, 2001

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