Brendan Morrissey trained as a lawyer before working as a PR consultant and writer in the defence industry, principally with British Aerospace. He has a long-standing interest in military affairs and Anglo–American relations. Brendan has written several titles on this subject in Osprey's Campaign series, including volumes 67: 'Saratoga 1777', 37: 'Boston 1775', and 47: 'Yorktown 1781'. He is married and lives in Surrey, UK.
Monmouth Courthouse 1778: The Last Great Battle in the Northby Brendan Morrissey, Adam Hook (Illustrator)
The battle of Monmouth Courthouse was not only the last major action in the Northern theater, it was also the longest and hardest-fought engagement of the entire Revolutionary War (1775-1783). When the British abandoned Philadelphia to return to New York City, American troops harassed their retreat. On the morning of 28 June 1778, General Lee, George Washington's lieutenant, attacked the British rearguard but his attack went badly wrong. The British rearguard, now reinforced, threw Lee's troops into a headlong retreat. Lee was relieved of his command and Washington's Continentals then stood toe-to-toe with the British, bloodily repulsing a series of powerful attacks by crack troops.
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