George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Lieutenant Colonel David Rhea, 28 June 1778

From Lieutenant Colonel David Rhea

[Near Monmouth, N.J., 28 June 1778]

Dear General

There is A strong party by your Order posted at the pass I mentione⟨d⟩ and will in A few Moments open four pieces of Artillery upon their left flank hoping soon to silence them near your Senter—Videts are posted all the way to Shrewsbury Road where their Rear lay this Morning—they must go near five Miles round before they can flank us.1 your Very Hon. sert

David Rhea Lieutenant Colonel


1Rhea served with Col. Israel Shreve’s 2d New Jersey Regiment, which was part of Brig. Gen. William Maxwell’s brigade. Rhea owned a home on the battlefield and knew the area well; this letter probably concerns the afternoon defense of the West Ravine, in which Rhea participated.

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