The battle of Monmouth Court House, New Jersey, is among the most important battles in the history of the American army. The authors set the battle within the context of the American Revolution and the civil war between Tories and Whigs that erupted in New Jersey during that time. The entire campaign and battle are described....
|Title||:||Monmouth Court House: The Battle that Made the American Army|
|Number of Pages||:||304 Pages|
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Monmouth Court House: The Battle that Made the American Army Reviews
This is the best book I have read so far on the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse in Freehold, NJ. The battle took place on June 28, 1778 and was one of the last major battles of the Revolutionary War in the north. As Bilby and Jenkins demonstrate, the Continental Army's professionalism and conduct following their winter training stint at Valley Forge was amply rewarded in this battle, where troop movements and discipline were vastly improved. The Continentals went up against the best of the British Army in America and managed to fight the battle to a draw, which in many ways was a victory for the Americans. The book does a very good job covering local history. It was fun to read this book while living in Tinton Falls, NJ and I appreciated the larger look into the ways the war brought the conflict between Loyalist and Patriot to a head. It's remarkable how much blood was shed during (what looks like) a civil war playing out amongst the populace. In addition to covering the campaign which led to the battle, as well as the battle itself, Bilby and Jenkins include lots of details on units and arms, on the relationship between Washington and Charles Lee, and on the subsequent development of the battle in the national imagination. There are some nice illustration included in the book though a noticeable shortage of battle maps make it necessary to read the chapter on the battle with a map from the internet in front of you. Otherwise, unless you have a deeper knowledge (already) of troop movements in the battle, the action might be difficult to follow from the narrative. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of great maps online, but one can make out alright.I also appreciate the discussion of how the current battlefield park was generated. There is a rich bibliography in the end of the book if the reader wants to dive in deeper.
The battle itself is covered very well, along with the strategic situation in the middle colonies by the time of the battle.However, the first two chapters (nearly a third of the book) is mostly a general account of the Revolutionary War in New Jersey and Monmouth County up to June 1778. Personally, I didn't see the direct connection this had on the battle itself. Also, much of chapters two and three were about the armies and weapons in general, with little having to do specifically with the battle (for example, there was a paragraph explaining the origin of the term "Brown Bess"). An order of battle would have also been helpful.
A close look at Monmouth Court House and the people who lived in the surrounding area, torries and patriots, and at the animosities that grew between the two parties. Some new insights on Charles Lee and some comments on Molly Pitcher.