Historians have long considered the Battle of Monmouth one of the most complicated engagements of the American Revolution. Fought on Sunday, June 28, 1778, Monmouth was critical to the success of the Revolution. It also marked a decisive turning point in the military career of George Washington. Without the victory at Monmouth Courthouse, Washington's critics might well have marshaled the political strength to replace him as the American commander-in-chief.
Authors Mark Edward Lender and Garry Wheeler Stone argue that in political terms, the Battle of Monmouth constituted a pivotal moment in the War for Independence. Drawing on a wide range of historical sources—many never before used, including archaeological evidence—Lender and Stone disentangle the true story of Monmouth and provide the most complete and accurate account of the battle, including both American and British perspectives. In the course of their account it becomes evident that criticism of Washington’s performance in command was considerably broader and deeper than previously acknowledged.
“This is a superb study, large in scope, detailed in content, and insightful in all that it considers… A marvelous book.” (Robert Middlekauff, author of Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader)
“An extensively researched and well-written study that provides a new and fascinating perspective on the significance of the Battle of Monmouth.” (The Journal of Military History)
“This is a landmark study of a battle too often overlooked… Lender and Stone have set the standard.” (Ricardo A. Herrera, author of For Liberty and the Republic)