Retreat? (HMP3A)

Location: Freehold, NJ 07728 Monmouth County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 16.125', W 74° 18.321'

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The Battle of Monmouth ? ? 28 June 1778

— 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM —

On this hill, an angry George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Armies, met his second-in-command, Major-General Charles Lee, and demanded "What is all this? What all that confusion was for, and retreat?"

Washington had sent Lee with twelve cannon and 5,000 men to stage a hit-and-run attack on the rear of the British Army. However, the British had counter-attacked with 10,000 men - forcing Lee to retreat.

As Washington led the main body of the Army towards the Spotswood Middle Brook bridge, he encountered a disorganized retreat. The frustrated officers leading the withdrawing battalions had no idea why they were retreating. There had been little fighting, merely a skirmish and some artillery fire. One complained, "By God! They are flying from a shadow." The failed attack on the British rear was turning into a political disaster.

With the British only fifteen minutes away, Washington acted decisively. He sent Brigadier General Anthony Wayne to fight a delaying action and asked Lee to further slow the enemy advance. Then Washington rode back across the bridge to organize the main army on the Perrine Farm.
HM NumberHMP3A
Placed ByNew Jersey Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Parks and Forestry
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 1:54pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 559062 N 4457817
Decimal Degrees40.26875000, -74.30535000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 16.125', W 74° 18.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 16' 7.50" N, 74° 18' 19.26" W
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Area Code(s)609, 732, 908
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5 Wemrock Rd, Freehold NJ 07728, US
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