14. The Politics of Battle: Washington, the Army, and the Monmouth Campaign

  1. Edward G. Lengel
  1. Mark Edward Lender

Published Online: 18 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch14

Companion to George Washington, A

Companion to George Washington, A

How to Cite

Lender, M. E. (2012) The Politics of Battle: Washington, the Army, and the Monmouth Campaign, in Companion to George Washington, A (ed E. G. Lengel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch14

Author Information

  1. Kean University, NJ, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444331035

Online ISBN: 9781118219935

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Keywords:

  • the politics of battle, Washington, and the Monmouth Campaign;
  • Battle of Monmouth, British and American accounts;
  • Washington's performance, as commander-in-chief;
  • Washington's victory, in the Monmouth campaign;
  • political intrigue, a distraction Washington, could ill afford;
  • Valley Forge, changing Washington's position;
  • collision between two generals, folklore of the Revolution;
  • Washington's distress at Lee's retreat, without his command;
  • blackening Lee's reputation, charge of disrespect to Washington;
  • fortunes of the Revolution, and wider war effort

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background to Battle

  • The Road to Monmouth

  • Monmouth in Perspective: A Washington “Spin”

  • The Matter of General Lee

  • What Kind of Victory?

  • List of Further Readings