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June 28, 1778

The Battle of Monmouth Occurs in the
American Revolutionary War

On this day in 1778, the Battle of Monmouth was fought in the American Revolutionary War when General George Washington's Continental Army attacked the rear of a British Army column in New Jersey commanded by Sir Henry Clinton. Initially, Major General Charles Lee was supposed to lead the attack, however as Washington marched forward to support him in battle, he encountered retreating Continental Army troops. Washington quickly gathered his troops including a four gun battery on a ridgeline and attacked the British forces forcing them to withdraw.

Washington wanted to pursue the fleeing British army, however darkness prevented it. In the middle of the night, General Clinton withrew his forces and resumed his march to New York City. Although it wasn't a decisive victory for Washington, it was considered a positive result and demonstrated the growing confidence and increased effectiveness of Washington's Continental Army.