If Molly Pitcher had held a microphone rather than a pail of water at the Battle of Monmouth
, she might even have asked why the Colonists were no closer to victory in 1778 than they were in 1776.
The women whom the joint authors present to the readers range in chronology from Mary Ludwig Hays Macauley (Molly Pitcher), storied heroine of the Battle of Monmouth
in 1778, to Hannah Silverman, teenaged spokeswoman of the 1913 Paterson, New Jersey, silk strike.
Also on this day: 1778: The British weredefeated by Washington's army at the Battle of Monmouth
, New Jersey; 1838: Queen Victoria's coronation took place in Westminster Abbey; 1841: The ballet Giselle opened in Paris;1935: Roosevelt requested a building to hold all federal gold to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky;1990: The first changes to football's offside law in 65 years were made.
When British troops commanded by General Howe evacuated Philadelphia and marched toward New York, the colonials pursued them across New Jersey, where they met in the famous battle of Monmouth
The volume opens with Laurens's official letter to George Washington of July 7, 1778, written as president of Congress, formally congratulating the commander in chief on his recent success at the Battle of Monmouth
and informing him that in the wake of the British evacuation of Philadelphia, Congress was reassembling in that city but had not yet achieved a quorum.
When the British army, now under Henry Clinton (1738-1795), left Philadelphia and marched across New Jersey toward New York, Washington's army overtook them and fought them to a draw at the Battle of Monmouth
on June 28, 1778.
He was released just in time to find his native fields devastated by the Battle of Monmouth
If the Revolutionary War general Charles Lee is remembered today, it is as an egomaniacal eccentric who was famously confronted by General George Washington during the Battle of Monmouth
in June 1778.
Lee's incompetence in the Battle of Monmouth
in 1778, at which Washington hotly relieved the indecisive general, ended the latter's hopes of greater command and resulted in court martial proceedings against Lee.
Also on This Day: 1769: The Morning Chronicle newspaper was first issued; 1778: The British were defeated by Washington's army at the Battle of Monmouth
, New Jersey; 1838: Queen Victoria crowned at the age of 19: 1910: Westminster Cathedral consecrated; 1919: The Treaty of Versailles was signed; 1950: England lost 0-1 to America in the first round of the World Cup Finals in Brazil; 1958: Death of poet Alfred Noyes.
At the Battle of Monmouth
, and contrary to Washington's orders, he retreated and was later court-martialed.
The Continental army was a different beast after the winter at Valley Forge and fought the British to a draw at the Battle of Monmouth
in June 1778.