The British Rush the Hedgerow

The British Rush the Hedgerow (HM9CQ)

Location: Manalapan Township, NJ 07726 Monmouth County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 16.157', W 74° 18.664'

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The Battle of Monmouth

— 28 June 1778. 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM —

"Riding like a New Market Jockey," British Commander-in-chief, Sir Henry Clinton rushed his men forward hoping to crush the Continental advance force against Spotswood Middle Brook. If he could destroy the Continental Army, he might win the war and promotion.

The British pursued Major General Charles Lee's Continentals across the fields behind you. As they climbed the hill, Clinton rode in front "crying out ?Charge, Grenadiers, never heed forming'." If his men attacked quickly, they might destroy the Continental battalions before they could cross the bridge.

At first, Clinton's tactics seemed to be working. British guardsmen, grenadiers, and dragoons smashed through the Continental defenders of a woods, and the Americans fled to the fence in front of you.

As a wild mob, the British infantry rushed the hedged fence and its 800 Continental defenders. Briefly - for 3 to 5 minutes - the charge stalled here as the two sides fired at each other at point-blank range. Then the dragoons broke through the fence. The Continentals abandoned the hedgerow and hurried for the bridge. The grenadiers plunged after them, but the Americans were quicker and escaped. Clinton's gamble had failed, and the ground was littered with red-coated bodies.
HM NumberHM9CQ
Placed ByNJ Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Parks & Forestry
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 5:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 558575 N 4457873
Decimal Degrees40.26928333, -74.31106667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 16.157', W 74° 18.664'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 16' 9.42" N, 74° 18' 39.84" W
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Area Code(s)732, 848, 908
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16 History Hike (Monmouth Battlefield), Manalapan Township NJ 07726, US
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