The Battle of Monmouth

The Battle of Monmouth took place on June 28, 1778, and was held at Monmouth County, Virginia. Washington assigned General Charles Lee to attack the rear of the British troops, but once the British counterattacked, Lee and his forces retreated away from Cornwallis and his troops. Lee’s retreat pushed back to Washington and his troops where they began strategy to fight the trailing British troops under orders of respected General Charles Cornwallis. Washington’s plan was to have four sections of troops run by General Wayne, General Stirling, General Greene, General Lafayette.   


The British attacked the left wing first commanded by General Stirling and Stirling’s continentals held off the British infantry and sent them back the same way they came. Cornwallis personally led an attack against General Greene’s rights wing but could not overcome the down pour of cannon balls coming from Combs Hill and the accurate shots by Greene’s Continental forces.


While this battle was going on the British sent another attack but this one was on General Wayne’s force. Through three tries the British could not push back the Continentals, but on the fourth try Wayne’s forces fell back but luckily General Greene’s force made it up on high ground and as able to cut off the British attack. Washington wanted to pursue the British troops ending the battle for good but the night time had come and both sides looked to be at a stalemate. The British troops slipped away in the night and continued their path towards New York. In the morning Washington wanted to continue the fighting but the British troops were gone.


This showed the Continental troops that they could hang with the best army in the world, and even win the war! Moving forward from this, this battle was a huge turning point in the war giving confidence in the troops convincing them that they could win this war.

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