Perceptions of Battle: George Washington's Victory at Monmouth

Perceptions of Battle: George Washington's Victory at Monmouth

by Jeff Dacus
Perceptions of Battle: George Washington's Victory at Monmouth

Perceptions of Battle: George Washington's Victory at Monmouth

by Jeff Dacus


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A new perspective on the Battle of Monmouth from the first-person accounts of those who took part in the battle.

After spending a difficult winter at Valley Forge, George Washington led the Continental Army in pursuit of the British Army moving from Philadelphia to New York City. On June 28, 1778, the army caught up with the British and defeated them at Monmouth Court House.

The principal figure in the battle is George Washington. His planning, his orders, and his actions on the battlefield dominate the story. After the first rebuff of his advance guard under Charles Lee, it is Washington who matched each movement of the enemy with decisive actions of his own. In doing so he attained a tactical victory on the battlefield that had major strategic implications. Because of his leadership, and the actions of his army, both he and the Continental Army gained renewed respect from Congress, the American people, and the enemy.

Washington’s success solidified his position as the face of the Revolutionary effort. While the Congress was often ineffectual or even nonexistent, Washington and his army became the symbol of the Revolution.

Modern authors have contributed greatly to our knowledge of the battle of Monmouth but in doing so have tried to interpret or analyze it through our modern point of view, losing sight of what happened, disregarding the perceptions, opinions, and conclusions of the people who took part in the battle and its aftermath. This book is different in that it uses only first-person accounts to reach conclusions or render judgments. In addition to changing the perceptions of the victory of the Continental Army, modern historians have distorted the story further through the court martial of Charles Lee in the aftermath of the battle, giving it undue importance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781955041270
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 05/15/2024
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 492,221
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

J. R. Dacus is a retired US History teacher with 35 years of experience. He is the author of dozens of articles in the Journal of the American Revolution. He is the official historian of the Northwest Colonial Festival. His previous books “The Fighting Corsairs” and “Desert Storm Marines” were published by Lyons Press.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Background to Battle
Chapter Two: Valley Forge and Philadelphia
Chapter Three: Across New Jersey
Chapter Four: An Imminent Battle
Chapter Five: Retreat?
Chapter Six: Order from Chaos
Chapter Seven: Aftermath of Battle
Chapter Eight: Perceptions of Battle

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