Retreat?

Retreat? (HMP3A)

Location: Freehold, NJ 07728 Monmouth County
Country: United States of America

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.
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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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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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