Guide to the George Washington letter to the officer commanding the militia in the county of Monmouth, June 14, 1780
George Washington letter to the officer commanding the militia in the county of Monmouth C0381
Published by George Mason University Libraries
Monmouth County, New Jersey was the site of the Battle of Monmouth in June, 1778, in which the Continental Army attacked British forces retreating across New Jersey (Stockwell, "Battle of Monmouth"). Two years after the battle, in June 1780, Colonel Tye (an escaped formerly enslaved man) and the Black Brigade, a guerilla force fighting for the British against their former enslavers, captured Barnes Smock, a leader of the Monmouth County Militia, and several of his men ("Colonel Tye," Africans in America).
One page letter written by a member of George Washington's staff (probably Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman) and signed by Washington requesting the assistance of the militia of Monmouth County, New Jersey in transmitting intelligence.
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The letter is part of the Hayden B. Peake Historical Intelligence Collection.
Military intelligence -- Great Britain
Military intelligence -- United States
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
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George Washington letter to the officer commanding the militia in the county of Monmouth, C0381, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.
Donated to the Special Collections Research Center by Hayden B. Peake in 2014. The letter is part of the Hayden B. Peake Historical Intelligence Colletion.
Processed by Elizabeth Beckman in October 2021. EAD markup by Elizabeth Beckman in October 2021.